Communications Associate

05 Nov, 2022


Communications Associate

Citizens Budget Commission
New York, NY

The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC)—New York’s leading fiscal watchdog and source for unbiased, impactful research on New York City and State government finances, policy, and operations—seeks a persuasive, digitally-savvy communicator to serve as Communications Associate. This role is an exciting opportunity for an emerging professional who is interested in translating policy research, insights, and recommendations into digestible, relevant content that helps frame policy debates and drive change.

The incumbent will help create compelling digital content that makes CBC’s industry-leading research more available, accessible, and useful to its target audiences: policymakers, press, the policy community and peer organizations, and CBC Trustees and supporters. The Communications Associate will act as a translator and storyteller, suggesting ways to adapt CBC reports, briefs, letters, and testimony to increase CBC’s impact and further its reputation and brand. They will also help maintain CBC’s communications channels, entering content and leveraging templates to publish CBC research and related materials on the organization’s website, social media channels, and email lists.

As a part of a lean team, the Communications Associate will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of policy areas and contribute their unique skills to further CBC’s mission, ensuring that our State and City are operating efficiently and effectively to serves the needs of current and future New Yorkers. The role reports to the Vice President for Strategy and Communications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing CBC’s social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, with a goal of increasing awareness and engagement;
  • Proposing and creating content that aligns with and helps advance CBC’s research and advocacy, in collaboration with research staff;
  • Writing and editing emails, website content, podcast scripts, and other short-form digital content;
  • Copyediting and proofreading content, leveraging and helping to maintain CBC style guide and QA checklists;
  • Performing basic content entry and publishing tasks, including setup, layout, and maintenance, using website Content Management System and mass email client;
  • Helping to support CBC’s press outreach, including monitoring and sharing information about press coverage and advocacy activities in priority issue areas and interacting with journalists and influencers on digital channels;
  • Monitoring emerging channel trends and suggesting when to add, retire, or pivot use of existing social media and distribution methods;
  • Sharing social media best practices with research staff to extend organizational reach;
  • Supporting production of press events, webinars, podcasts, and other thought leadership efforts; and
  • Assisting with creation and maintenance of digital advertising and promotional efforts, including Google Grant-funded search engine marketing.


  • At least 1-2 years’ professional experience communicating complex quantitative and/or public policy issues (e.g., journalism, public relations/public affairs, political campaigns, investor relations, B2B sales or marketing, government);
  • An understanding of and ability to explain basic economics and finance concepts;
  • Experience writing compelling short-form content (email, social media, blogs, etc.);
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in developing new skills and adapting to new platforms in a continually evolving media landscape, with experience using digital content management platforms a plus;
  • Ability to collaborate productively with researchers and subject matter experts;
  • Strong proofreading and copyediting skills;
  • Experience interacting with the press or other influential stakeholders, with ability to both exercise strong independent judgment and seek guidance when needed; and
  • Nice to have: Multimedia content creation skills in one or more of the following areas: video (including social media/vertical video), photography, audio, editing, data visualization, basic HTML, and/or graphic design.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a resume and 2-3 relevant writing or multimedia content samples to with the subject line “Communications Associate.”

Applicants who advance to the final round of interviews will be asked to complete a brief writing assignment.

Job posted: 2022-11-05