Communications Coordinator, The Hamilton Project (Job ID: 2021-2701)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/17/2021 5:05 PM)
Economic Studies
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Commensurate with experience


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About the Economic Studies Program: The Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, tax policy, retirement policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public.


About The Hamilton Project: The Hamilton Project offers a strategic vision and produces innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. The Project’s strategy reflects a judgment that long-term prosperity is best achieved by fostering economic growth and broad participation in that growth, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments.


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Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.  


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The Communications Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Managing Director in the development of The Hamilton Project’s (THP) media relations strategies and the day-to-day implementation of those strategies, including promoting Hamilton Project research and events and elevating the media presence of THP experts. The individual will develop draft and edit news releases for external audiences and support the drafting and editing of blog posts and op-eds. They will also play a key role in the development and execution of digital media strategy for The Hamilton Project in the Economic Studies Program (ES) at Brookings.


Media Relations Strategy and Management (50%)

  • Under supervision of the Managing Director, develops strategies for maximizing coverage of THP research, experts, and events; helps document strategies and establish benchmark goals as part of the THP communication team’s strategic planning process.
  • Works with research team and communications team to coordinate the release of blog posts, commissioned papers, and economic analyses.
  • Identifies opportunities to react to breaking news and offer THP experts for interviews and comments.
  • Drafts press releases or media advisories where appropriate for the release of new research, events, or Hamilton Project institutional announcements.
  • Under supervision of the Managing Director, publicizes events and products to members of the media, driving awareness and engagement.
  • Monitors news trends on social media and develop strategies for promoting ES experts and their research where appropriate.
  • Routes incoming press calls as needed and coordinates THP scholars’ media bookings and interviews.
  • Monitors print, online and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of THP projects and experts.
  • Consistently updates media lists to reflect editorial staff and beat changes.
  • Oversees compilation and dissemination of weekly THP media clips and acts as backstop for this task.
  • Collaborates with external stakeholders, including partner organizations, Economic Studies, and Central Communications

Editorial Support (30%)

  • Under supervision of the Managing Director, partners with THP scholars to help draft and edit blog posts, op-eds, and other written materials.
  • Coordinates with Brookings Central Communications as needed to align THP editorial and media strategies with Institution-wide goala.

Digital Strategy (20%)

  • Directs management of social media outreach tools, Twitter, and other platforms.
  • Under supervision of the Managing Director, develops digital content strategies to enhance promotion and readership of THP research with core audiences.
  • Assists with publicizing events, including attracting attendees and media, and uses social media tools to drive awareness and capture news made during hosted events.
  • Under supervision of the Managing Director and working with the senior project assistant, supports THP website redesign project, enhancing THP’s capacity for effective communication.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum three years of professional experience in a communications setting required, preferably in a public relations agency, news outlet, or other political/policy environment. Must have strong understanding of the modern media landscape, experience developing and implementing strategies to elevate an organization’s media presence, established and experience using traditional and social media management systems such as Cision/Vocus and Sprout. Must have strong interest or experience in economic policy issues. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Basic knowledge of MS Word and strong Excel required; ability to learn database systems. Strategic understanding of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube required. Strong organizational skills, high initiative, strong interpersonal skills and oral communication skills, discretion, poise, and mature judgment; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; strong writing skills preferred.



Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


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Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.



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