Director of Communications

Korea Economic Institute of America
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

The Director of Communications is responsible for managing all web, internet, video, audio and social media communication and promotion for KEI events and programs.   The job also involves outreach to the U.S. and Korean media and being able to speak on behalf of KEI to the press.  Successful candidates will be responsible for managing critical relationships with the U.S. and Korean media, along with other members of the Asian policy community.  Strong writing and verbal skills are required.


Subject matter expertise/skills

  • Experience:  Have at least 3 - 5 years of experience in Korea and/or Asia policy field, along with understanding the workings of the U.S. and the South Korean governments.
  • Media Outreach:  Building a rapport with American and Korean reporters who cover Korea-related issues, regularly drafting and sending short press updates and longer press releases, coordinating interview requests, periodically organizing informal press gatherings and formal press conferences.
  • Podcasting:  Recruiting guests, conducting interviews, editing audio, and promoting finished product.
  • Website: Updating KEI’s website, and improving it if needed.
  • Social Media:  Monitor and updating KEI’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, planning and implementing strategies to increase reach and engagement.
  • Analytics:  Analyzing web and social media traffic and press reporting on KEI – developing targets and strategies to reach these goals.
  • Events:  Understanding the Audio-Visual (A/V) requirements for KEI’s conference room, assisting with A/V equipment and livestreaming for events when needed.
  • Graphics: Creating graphs and infographics to accompany KEI research and for social media promotion.
  • Email Marketing: Draft and send invitations and promotion of programs, events, publications, and general KEI brand.



  • Education:  M.A. in international relations, communications/journalism, public affairs, business/economics (or a combination thereof) or equivalent work experience.
  • Research/Writing Skills:  Demonstrated analytical, research, and writing ability, ranging from academic-style research papers to short op-ed style pieces for KEI’s blog.
  • Verbal Skills:  Strong oral communication skills with experience in speaking at professional conferences, with the media, and in academic settings.
  • Language:  Proficiency in Korean is a plus.
  • Computer skills:   familiarity with Adobe Suite, MailChimp, Sprout Social, and Meltwater are plusses.
  • Travel:  once or twice a month.
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Willingness to register as a Foreign Agent of the Government of the Republic of Korea with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Application instructions

Please submit resume/CV to [email protected].  Please no phone calls.  The deadline will be rolling until the position is filled.  More information about KEI can be found on its website at

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