Communications Assistant

Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 06

Position description

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

As the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

BPC has an immediate opening for a full-time Communications Assistant. This position will support all functions of a busy press shop, including both digital and traditional media. Candidates should have prior experience on Capitol Hill or in political media, journalism or public relations. Superior writing and organizational skills are required.

Responsibilities:

The Communications Assistant will be responsible for drafting press releases, media advisories, e-newsletters, blog posts and other forms of written communications as needed. He or she will also manage and maintain press lists for the organization.

Job duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Draft, edit and distribute press correspondence
  • Manage and maintain press lists
  • Field and manage a high volume of media requests
  • Help to proactively pitch and book interviews for BPC project leadership and senior staff
  • Develop relationships with regional and national reporters
  • Act as liaison between the communications team and various departments
  • Research and monitor the news to contribute to the news cycle
  • Interact with the digital team to drive media messages
  • Staff BPC project leadership and senior staff for interviews and appearances

Qualifications

  • BA, BS in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience in media relations
  • Expertise in dealing with reporters and high-level principals. The ideal candidate will also have experience and capacity in social and digital media
  • The candidate must possess excellent writing and verbal communications skills, sound judgment when working with media and be able to produce high quality work under deadline
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team and independently are required
  • Initiative is essential to success within this position
  • High level of attention to detail, while also managing multiple tasks
  • Experience with Cision and other media contact databases and monitoring services

Application instructions

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript, and references. Please include the title of this job (Communications Assistant), in the subject line of the application email.

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