The Director of Communications for the Economic Studies (ES) program manages the strategic communications, media relations, and digital strategy efforts of the largest research program at Brookings. In addition to playing a leadership role in the program, the Director supports the development and promotion of new research by more than 30 PhD economists across several areas of economics, including tax policy, fiscal and monetary policy, health policy, issues of social mobility and the middle class, regulatory policy, and more.
The Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy for ES, its researchers and its research centers. This includes digital marketing and outreach activities, media/press and stakeholder outreach, branding/positioning strategy, website presence and content development, and planning public and private forums to promote the program’s researchers and work.
The Director manages a team of communications professionals and coordinates communications efforts with other ES staff and contractors involved in communications activities. The position also works closely with Brookings’s Central Office of Communications. The Director is an integral part of the ES Management Team, assisting and advising the program Vice President & Director (VP) on management issues and strategic planning for the program.
Communications Strategy Management (20%)
Program Management (20%)
Content Production (20%)
Media Relations (20%)
Digital Communications Strategy (20%)
Bachelor’s degree required; coursework in the field of communications or public relations preferred but not required. At least eight years of experience in communications field; knowledge of the media community and outreach required. Experience creating overall communications strategies, working with top tier media in a fast-paced, policy-oriented environment, knowledge of and experience in using electronic/direct communications and publication/production preferred. Experience managing teams to achieve complex objectives. Prior supervisory experience managing a communications team preferred.
Superior organizational skills, entrepreneurial attitude, and excellent written and oral communications skills required. Strong interest in economic policy preferred. Knowledge of and experience in digital strategy is needed. Self-starter who takes initiative requiring minimal supervision. Strong interpersonal skills, discretion, poise, mature judgment. Ability to conduct strategic analysis and planning required. Ability to work effectively and collegially with staff with diverse levels and backgrounds, from interns to senior leadership. Excellent news judgment and experience proactively pitching timely stories and op-eds. Must have strong familiarity with media outlets and strategies. Must be able to simplify and synthesize complex issues and text, both in written and oral forms. Hands-on manager committed to professional development and coaching staff. Must be flexible, diplomatic, and good team-player, able to work in a fast-paced environment.
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