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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Communications Associate (DC)

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading non-profits working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals.  It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes.  It works on budget and tax policy, health care, social insurance, and a range of programs important to low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.

The Communications Associate position offers an opportunity for a talented communications professional to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment as part of the Center’s highly collaborative communications team to help the Center meet its policy goals. He or she will contribute to the development of media strategy and tactics and support the team’s media relations activities.  Primary responsibilities will include helping to create and execute plans for the release of new Center content, fielding media inquiries, conducting media outreach and maintaining media relationships, maintaining and updating media lists, tracking the issues upon which the organization works in media outlets, and other activities.  Successful candidates will possess the ability to think strategically, to offer creative ideas, and to stay abreast of best practices in media relations.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience in communications or a related field;
  • Experience with media outreach;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, quick-turnaround environment;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Excellent research skills; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.

The ideal candidate is extremely organized, detail-oriented, and a self-starter with an interest in aggressively promoting the Center’s policy work on a daily basis, thus playing a key role in ensuring broad media coverage.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including generous health insurance, dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement accounts, MERP, DCAP, and a generous vacation and sick leave policy, as well as most major holidays.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to: jobs@cbpp.org

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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