Communications Associate

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 10

Position description

 The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals, halt the spread of nuclear weapons, and minimize the risk of war by providing policy research, education and analysis to the public and policymakers. The Council for a Livable World (CLW) is a non-partisan 501(c)4 non-profit organization that promotes policies to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. CLW advocates for a more principled approach to U.S. national security and foreign policy and seeks to increase peace and security and to reduce the threat of war and nuclear weapons by representing our members in Washington D.C. and endorsing congressional candidates who support our goals. CLW’s work is complemented by its “sister” organization, the CACNP.  

  

Job Description  

The Center and Council are seeking a Communications Associate to support enhanced public outreach efforts. The Communications Associate will report directly to the Communications Director, and will work closely with the policy team to develop creative and interesting content that informs and urges policymakers and the public to re-engage on nuclear weapons policies.   

The Center and Council have a small staff and this person will be an integral part of the team. This person will play a key role in brainstorming ideas for new and compelling content and identifying opportunities to promote our work. This role is ideal for a self-starter who can think creatively and work well independently and in groups.  

This employee’s primary focus will be on creating digital media to communicate policy terms and goals in new and compelling ways, including production of infographics, memes and the Nukes of Hazard podcast. This person will also perform other communications tasks as directed, and support the Communications director in her work. The ideal candidate is passionate about both digital communication and reducing global nuclear threats. This position is based in Washington, D.C.; currently, employees are working a hybrid remote/in-office schedule that could change as the COVID situation evolves. The ability to get to Washington, D.C. easily is required. 

  

Position Requirements:   

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a communications-related field or policy-related field with proven experience in digital communications is required; this is an entry-level position.   
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, InDesign and PremierePro and/or versatility in various design and audio/video production software including Canva, iMovie, Wondershare Filmora, Audacity or other free/non-subscription programs is required. 
  • Fluency in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and a knack for identifying social media trends, is required. Experience/familiarity promoting via paid, owned and earned media is a plus.  
  • Ability to quickly respond to digital/social media trends with relevant policy content will be required shortly after starting position.  
  • Ability to comb through legislative calendars, bills, treaties, executive orders and other documents to distill complex information into easy-to-digest digital content is required. 
  • Ability to write in creative ways for social media and email fundraising appeals, and technically for the website, is required; knowledge of HTML is helpful but not required. 
  • Knowledge and experience of podcast production is helpful but not required; this position will produce the Nukes of Hazard podcast, handling technical aspects of recording and editing.  
  • Familiarity with Associated Press style is helpful but not required. 
  • Willingness and ability to learn new software for assisting with email marketing and other potential tasks is required. 
  • Interest in non-proliferation, arms control and national security matters is required; experience or background in these areas is a plus.  

  

Responsibilities:   

  • Under direct guidance from the Communications Director:  
  • Create gifs, infographics, memes, short videos, and other content to promote policy ideas and goals  
  • Assist in the maintenance of documentation of media efforts, including press outreach, op-ed placements, and social and web analytics  
  • Assist in managing the Center’s and Council’s social media presence 
  • Produce the Nukes of Hazard podcast  
  • Assist in determining new ways to engage new and diverse audiences  
  • Assist in email communications with organization supporters and members  
  • In coordination with the policy team, drafts informative and educational material for publication, including fact sheets, blog posts and articles. Works with the policy team to raise awareness of Center and Council products and expertise. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Communications Director or the Executive Director.  

  

Compensation   

Salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $42,500 -$52,500 annually; includes benefits package.  

Application instructions

Email cover letter, resume, two brief writing samples showcasing different writing styles, and two references by close of business on June 24.    

Candidates selected for interviews will be required to bring a physical copy of or provide a link to a portfolio of digital work.   

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls, please.  

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