Writer Producer for Digital and Multimedia

Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 17

Position description

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research institute devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981 the Institute has promoted public understanding of international economic problems with timely and objective analysis and concrete solutions.

The Institute seeks a highly motivated storytelling professional to help produce, write and edit economic policy content in the form of lively and sophisticated digital and multimedia products. This material would be distributed on our website and other channels. Applicants should be interested in helping PIIE fulfill its mission to make sophisticated editorial material more widely accessible. They should be comfortable working with policy experts to understand their research in the context of public policy debates. Applicants may have an undergraduate degree in journalism, video and film production, public relations, marketing, graphic design, communications, or related fields—but with an emphasis on the editorial side of story-telling. At least two years of relevant work experience is recommended.

The applicant should ideally have experience and proficiency working with motion graphics and video specialists in writing and designing the work they produce. Accordingly, of paramount importance, beyond technical skills is the need for strong research, writing, and storytelling capabilities, and some substantive understanding of public and economic policy debates.  Although some technical understanding of how this material is produced is important,  interpersonal skills and the ability to work with economists and research staff on their output are even more essential. The ideal candidate should have an interest in global economic policy and be able to work closely with world class experts to help them communicate their research product to a broader audience by utilizing compelling and accessible multimedia formats.

Salary expectations will be commensurate with qualifications and skills this person brings to the position. PIIE offers an exceptional benefits package, including health insurance, and opportunities for tuition reimbursement for additional training and education in relevant fields and skills. The person will work under the direction of the Vice President for Publications and Communications.

Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the development and production of visual and multimedia content to deliver research and information to the general public about international economic policy issues.
  • Monitoring news cycles and paying attention to public discussion to help PIIE content providers select appropriate forms of communication.
  • Writing or editing scripts and working closely as a producer with the PIIE motion graphics specialist to create rich storytelling content for various platforms.
  • Helping to oversee video production of interviews in the PIIE studio and at PIIE events, with goal of editing the material in shorter form for accessibility and impact.
  • Working with PIIE communications specialist and media liaison to monitor news cycle and flag topics of timely concern.
  • Working with web analytics team to track media pickups, searches, and citations to improve focus, understanding, clarity, and impact.
  • Writing teaser and summary language to accompany site content, prepared in conjunction with research and communications staff, and suggesting accompanying images or charts.
  • Working with external vendors and professionals and with news media covering PIIE issues and using PIIE-produced materials at their request.
  • Helping to train and educate colleagues on the value of rich media storytelling, editing, podcasting, etc.
  • Managing day-to-day production schedules and tracking of deliverables.
  • Offering ideas to enhance and grow PIIE’s presence in social media, multimedia outlets, and other independent disseminators of content in the media world.


  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, or related field.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Interest in economic issues or learning about such issues a major plus.
  • Familiarity with video and audio production design, editing and shooting at events and in studio.
  • Demonstrated effective/strong communication skills (verbal, written, and listening) and excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills at all levels of business and internal and external customer service.
  • Ability to distill complex messages into clear and concise language.
  • Some familiarity with nonlinear editing software employed by the  multimedia staff.
  • Ease with multitasking in a busy, high-volume environment and an ability to effectively manage time, adapt to changing priorities, prioritize tasks, and work within deadlines in a fast-changing news and information environment.
  • Track record of media success through multiple platforms.
  • Understanding and experience in a range of storytelling approaches.
  • Nonprofit background a plus.


This person will regularly have to quickly move from floor to floor, tracking down senior fellows, and working with other members of the publications and communications team. This person will also typically sit at a desk for extended periods throughout the day and use a computer, camera, advanced software to produce these materials. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment is moderately open with a combination of cubicles and offices. The noise level will vary from quiet to loud. The office, lavatories, and building are all handicapped accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Monday through Friday - 40 hours per week. Must be able to work on a flexible schedule based on the needs of the position.

Application instructions

Salary level subject to discussion based on experience, background, current salary, and skills of applicant. Send resume, cover letter, samples of creative output, and references to the Director of Human Resources, with “Multimedia and Digital Writer/Producer” in the subject line.

No telephone calls please.

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