Stimson Center
  • 07-Aug-2018 to 06-Sep-2018 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Description: Interested in changing the world? The Stimson Center is a leading nonpartisan global affairs research center seeking a Communications Specialist to join Stimson's dynamic, talented team. Working with the Communications Officer and alongside research staff, the Communications Specialist will play a key role in implementing the Center's strategic communications plan to increase awareness of Stimson's analysis and policy recommendations among high-priority external audiences in government, media, the NGO community and academia. The ideal candidate will have experience in media relations, outreach and promotion, and managing e-mail distribution campaigns. Candidates should be detail-oriented and able to prioritize multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


  • Cultivate working relationships with reporters/editors covering U.S. foreign policy, international relations, nonproliferation, human rights, environmental security, and geopolitics on the Asian continent;
  • Plan and conduct press briefings, in person and web-based;
  • Pitch stories and exclusives to various media;
  • Draft written materials including press releases, promotional material, op-eds, and proposals.;
  • Assist with development and execution of media strategies to increase the organizations and programmatic reach and visibility in both traditional, online, and nontraditional media;
  • Manage and expand program-specific media and distributions lists;
  • Maintain and build partnerships with various media outlets to share and promote content;
  • Assist Communications Officer to promote the Center and its programs to relevant audiences such as universities, investment or risk assessment groups, and other relevant audiences;
  • Track and produce daily media monitoring reports;
  • Manage email distribution campaigns such as newsletters, media advisories, and event promotions; and
  • Perform other tasks as needed.


Bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of experience in media relations or public relations with a demonstrated interest in U.S. foreign policy, international security, or any of the Center's programmatic work.

  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in international security and issue-driven communications;
  • Media-savvy with a proven track record of establishing and maintaining relationships reporters, editors, and media outlets;
  • Strong interpersonal relations and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and solve problems independently within a complex, fast-paced environment;
  • Experience with CRM, such a Salesforce, and e-mail distribution and management systems such as Pardot;
  • Familiarity with Excel, Google Analytics, and communicating data efficiently;
  • Experience with HTML and CSS a plus; and
  • Language skills in Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu, or Hindi a plus.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples. 

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