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Director of Communications

Bipartisan Policy Center


Location:
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Date:
08/23/2017
2017-08-232017-09-22
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Bipartisan Policy Center
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Job Details

 

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.

 

The Communications Director will play a leadership role in all aspects of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) press and public relations efforts.  The Director will work with BPC leadership to develop, and implement a communications strategy for the organization.   The Communications Director will report to the Vice President of Communications and assist in managing a talented 16 person staff.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop, implement, and manage a strategic, proactive public relations and media strategy for the organization.
  • Manage BPC’s media presence, generate positive media coverage for the organization, its policy projects, senior staff and Senior Fellows.
  • Respond to a large volume of media inquiries from top-tier national media outlets.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and work closely with reporters, journalists, producers, and editors to ensure BPC has a prominent media presence around the country and is highly visible on key policy issues of importance to the organization.
  • Serve as on-the-record spokesperson for the organization.
  • Develop and review media-related materials, including press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, media advisories, event invitations, and blogs.  Secure placement of op-eds and letters to the editor.
  • Work with BPC’s policy programs to craft messaging around project activities.
  • Work with BPC’s web team to integrate digital strategies into media relations efforts.
  • Work with BPC’s events team to create compelling content that attracts participation from and coverage by top-tier media outlets.  
  • Identify and secure new media partners for the organization.  
  • Work with BPC’s lobbying arm BPC Action to develop strong working relationships with Capitol Hill and administration communications staff.
  • Manage press team and outside vendors.

Requirements

 

  • BA, BS in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field
  • 8-10 years of direct experience in media relations and communications. Policy, campaign and Hill communications. Media experience is a plus
  • Management experience required  
  • Strong writing and verbal skills required
  • An ability to work under tight deadlines and juggle multiple projects
  • A demonstrated innovative and proactive approach to growing media coverage. Experience working with top-tier national media operations and news organizations
  • Experience pitching broadcast, radio, print, and digital outlets. On-the-record experience required
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team and independently. Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure. Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Experience supporting and managing high level principals

 

  • Occasional travel required. Must be available to respond to news media and staff after working hours. 
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