Communications and Public Affairs Associate

Posted On: May 10, 2013

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Company Description

Our mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America's future and to accelerate action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real results.

Job Description

Provides critical and timely editorial, research, writing and project management support for a variety of Foundation initiatives developed, implemented and managed by the Communications and Public Affairs department.

Reports to the Director of Communications and Public Affairs and works closely with the entire department in areas involving special events, media relations, elite outreach, policy communications, digital communications, grants communications, among others.

Specific responsibilities include:
1. Research, assess, and provide recommendations on a variety of topics related to the Foundation’s work and mission. Areas include: speaking engagements and opportunities for Foundation principals and senior staff; research and materials to inform op-eds, and other written pieces by foundation principals and senior staff.
2. Support the foundation’s outreach efforts by assessing incoming requests for speaking engagement opportunities such as potential speeches and conference events. Participate in a proactive process for seeking out engagement opportunities beyond the event invitations offered to the foundation. Prep Foundation staff and principals on substantive and logistical details for events. Assist in executive communications and coordinating and scheduling key meetings.
3. Support the development and drafting of key internal communications documents concerning the department’s strategic recommendations, action plans, processes, and updates on a variety of Foundation initiatives and major events.
4. Assist Foundation staff and principals on special writing projects, such as talking points, correspondence, op-eds, web features, the progress report, and other materials.
5. As required, assist in the compiling, writing, editing, and proofing content for the Foundation’s website and signed supporter e-mail and social media communications in part to ensure interdepartmental consistency and accuracy regarding the Foundation’s key initiatives and messaging.
6. Develop and manage programmatic and communications elements of the Foundation’s signature youth outreach effort in collaboration with partner organizations and consultants, such as overall strategy and daily decision making on competition design, recruitment of participants and supporting stakeholders, media opportunities, event planning, branding, editorial and writing support, and other questions related to grant execution.
7. Assist in coordination and management of special projects across Foundation departments and with external consultants and vendors, including the Foundation’s annual Fiscal Summit, event programming for our sponsorship of political conventions and debates, and launch events for Foundation-organized initiatives.
8. Support the execution of key grantee communications deliverables by liaising and working with Grants, Research, and grantee organizations. Provide input and support to grantee organizations’ communications teams on media and stakeholder outreach. Work with grantee organizations to ensure Foundation branding and other sponsorship benefits are provided at applicable events.
9. Conduct research to support the development, planning, and execution of Foundation-organized events, including panel topics, potential speakers, and invitees. Manage production of print and A/V materials for events, such as programs, bios, research packets, and slides. Staff events as necessary.
10. Vet news organizations and members of the media to provide information on their formats, circulation, past coverage, and ideologies. Provide recommendations on merits of incoming press inquiries based on this research.
11. Serve additional critical support functions in media relations, including: monitoring media activity of interest, drafting media talking points as needed, proofreading and fact-checking statements and press releases to ensure proper language, consistency and accuracy, conducting research on queries, drafting quotes, and providing feedback and proofreading on press releases.

An ideal candidate will have:
• 1 – 2 years work experience
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Excellent research skills
• Clear, concise, and accurate writing, editing and proofing skills
• Ability to synthesize complex information in a fast-paced environment
• Skilled in working independently as well as part of a team and is able to demonstrate initiative, professionalism and attention to detail
• Ability to work on tight deadlines and have the organizational skills to prioritize and manage numerous projects at once
• Ability to coordinate and collaborate with multiple parties both internally and externally working on complex projects
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of fiscal policy and public affairs
• Ability to transform complicated policy issues into generally understandable messages
• Experience with a broad array of communications styles, formats and distribution channels

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to