Communications Officer

Migration Policy Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 16

Position description

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of U.S. and international migration policies, seeks a highly motivated Communications Officer to join its dynamic team in Washington, DC to help extend the organization’s visibility, reach, and impact.

The successful candidate will play a significant role in developing the marketing content and strategies the Institute uses to disseminate its research and data, and helping shape its broader external relations, including identification of target audiences and effective engagement. As a core member of a high-functioning, fast-paced communications team, the officer’s duties will include digital content creation and strategy; media relations and writing of press releases and other short-form materials; outreach to new audiences; editing; and assisting in the promotion of MPI’s public and private events, conferences, and webinars. While assignments will vary day to day, the successful candidate must be a creative, detail-oriented, quick, versatile professional who can prioritize between quick-turnaround projects and longer-term deliverables, working collaboratively with colleagues across the Institute yet also able to operate independently.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Communications and communications team to implement the Institute’s strategic communications plan and communicate its message to the media, the policy community, related research and advocacy groups, and policymakers
  • Craft social media campaigns and strategy, and monitor engagement
  • Write and edit press releases, media advisories, press kits, talking points, and other materials
  • Assist in handling incoming media inquiries
  • Assist in shaping and executing media and external constituency outreach
  • Design infographics and other visuals
  • Take photos and record/edit podcasts and video content
  • Perform research as needed for media outreach and to update media mailing lists
  • Assist with other communications, events, and marketing logistics.



  • Bachelor's degree with 2 – 5 years of relevant communications or journalism experience
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to write quickly and concisely, with great attention to accuracy and ability to translate policy writing into content accessible to nonspecialist audiences (finalists will be asked to complete a writing and/or editing exercise)
  • Experience crafting social media campaigns and effective digital strategies
  • Proven ability to be part of a fast-moving, dynamic environment and work effectively under pressure and under tight deadlines on multiple projects
  • Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible and able to work both independently and collegially in a team environment
  • Native standard of written and spoken fluency in Spanish
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe CS Suite (Illustrator in particular)


  • Knowledge of migration policy and trends
  • Experience dealing with print and broadcast journalists, bookers, and producers
  • Graphic design experience
  • Proficiency with multimedia editing software
  • Substantive editing and copy-editing skills
  • Chicago Manual of Style knowledge
  • International experience

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