Communications Assistant

Posted On: October 20, 2014

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Demos

Company Description

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, DC and Boston, Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. We move ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s research or communications, supporting organizers or litigating. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, such as landmark credit card reforms and nearly 2 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Demos is advocating not just for people but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

Job Description

Communications Assistant

Demos is seeking a qualified and motivated Communications Assistant to help elevate the organization’s expanding digital efforts. This will include helping to execute our day-to-day digital work, including emails, social media, and our blog and contributing to a very active communications team. The ideal candidate should be a strong writer, have technical aptitude, and have the capacity to grow with and shape our digital program.

The Communications Assistant will report to the Manager of Digital Strategies and works closely with the Digital Communications Associate to implement the organization’s communications priorities.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Create digital content.
Work with the Digital Communications Associate to write external-facing mass emails and donor communications.
Run Twitter and Facebook accounts daily and for special projects with the goal of increasing followers, likes and engagement.
Assist Digital Communications Associate create Google and Facebook ads and social media strategy.
Assist with site design and the implementation of online tools (i.e. Creatavist, CartoDB).
Work with digital team to create impactful digital content including infographics, charts, maps, and viral images.
Assist in the creation of impactful video with the goal of driving site traffic and increasing Demos’ influence online.
Produce analytics reports for staff and development.
​Work with Digital Communications Associate to copyedit Demos research publications, blog posts, and other materials as required.
Publicity & Media Relations
Monitor news cycle and editorial cycle for opportunities to promote Demos’ work, experts, and messaging.
Distribute communications materials, including press releases and media advisories for organization’s issue and program work.
Help edit Demos op-eds and other communications materials.
Monitor traditional and social media for coverage of Demos’ issue areas and report back to the organization as necessary.
Ensure that the editorial calendar is current.
Contribute to release and editorial strategy.
Oversee expense reconciliations.
Other duties as assigned by the Communications Team including research and administrative needs, as assigned.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:

Excellent writing skills.
An understanding of the media and news cycle.
Technical aptitude and skill.
Creative, independent thinking.

We are more interested in these four qualities than in any particular amount of experience. However, experience with Adobe Creative Suite, digital design, HTML5, Javascript, writing or running organizational social media accounts is a plus. Candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

To Apply

Send cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.