Early-Career Communications Job at Respected D.C. Public Policy Organization

Posted On: February 2, 2024

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Migration Policy Institute

Company Description

The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to improve immigration and integration policies in the U.S. and globally through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. MPI is committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining staff at all levels who reflect the breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in the countries where we work. This breadth of experience encourages diversity of thought that enriches and adds greater credibility to our work. MPI is committed to making sure that staff members of all backgrounds work in an inclusive, equitable environment.

Job Description

What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of communications professionals who are passionate about achieving the greatest impact, reach, and visibility for one of the world’s premier think tanks on international migration? Join a team that values finding the most impactful ways to disseminate the research, analysis, and data generated by our experts, working across platforms to reach diverse audiences in the United States and internationally. We are a tight-knit, high-energy, collegial team looking for an early-career new member with excellent writing, editing, and social media skills, with a preference for full oral and written Spanish language fluency. The position is based in Washington, DC (hybrid schedule) and applications are due by end of day February 19, 2024.

As Communications Coordinator, you will immediately make an impact. You will contribute to the Migration Policy Institute’s work by managing the media tracking process and maintenance of mailing lists; crafting social media campaigns and designs, including infographics; assisting in the promotion of MPI’s public and private events, conferences, and webinars; doing multimedia editing; and playing a role in redesign of MPI’s website and supervision of communications interns. While assignments will vary day to day, the successful candidate must be a creative, detail-oriented, versatile professional who can prioritize between quick-turnaround projects and longer-term deliverables, working collaboratively with colleagues across the Institute yet also able to operate independently. The position is based in Washington, DC, with a hybrid work environment.



--Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, with 1 – 3 years of relevant communications or journalism experience
--Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to write quickly and concisely, with great attention to accuracy and ability to translate policy writing into content accessible to non-specialist audiences (finalists will be asked to complete a writing and/or editing exercise)
--Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe CS Suite (InDesign and Illustrator in particular)
--Experience crafting social media campaigns and effective digital strategies
--Proven ability to be part of a fast-moving, dynamic environment and work effectively and independently on multiple projects


--Native standard of written and spoken fluency in Spanish
--Substantive editing and copy-editing skills (Chicago Manual of Style preferred)
--Knowledge of and interest in migration policy and trends
--Graphic design experience
--Proficiency with multimedia editing software


--Work with the Director of Communications and communications team to implement the Institute’s strategic communications plan and communicate its messages to the media, policy community, research and advocacy communities, and policymakers
--Craft social media campaigns and monitor engagement
--Design infographics and other visuals
--Take photos and record/edit podcasts and video content
--Perform research as needed for media outreach and to update media mailing lists
--Write and edit press releases, media advisories, press kits, talking points, and other materials
--Assist in shaping and executing media and external constituency outreach
--Assist with other communications, events, and marketing logistics.


This position comes with a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and generous benefits package.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and unedited writing samples to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Applications are due by close of business on February 19, 2024. However, we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible as applications are being considered on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.