Communications Coordinator, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2021-2801)

02 Jan, 2022


Communications Coordinator, Foreign Policy (Job ID: 2021-2801)

Brookings Institute
Washington, DC


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Foreign Policy at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors. In line with Brookings’s core values of quality, independence, and impact, our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and leading states should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.


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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.


Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.


Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.


As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


Foreign Policy at Brookings (FP) seeks an energetic, proactive, and detail-oriented early career professional to coordinate and execute a variety of communications activities in FP, with a focus on media inquiries, events and convenings, impact tracking, and contact management. Under the supervision of FP’s Director of Communications, the Communications Coordinator works with a broad range of staff in FP and Brookings’s central Office of Communications to enhance coordination and collaboration across the program, assist impact, and uphold program and institutional standards. The Communications Coordinator represents Brookings in interactions with journalists, event participants and other external contacts, and on social media.


Database management and impact tracking   (30%)

  • Leads utilization and maintenance of an FP-wide database to record and report information about FP events, publications, media engagement, and impact.
  • Trains FP staff on using the database. Develops and implements best practices, and engages effectively with peers and counterparts to ensure proper use.
  • Designs and retrieves reports on a range of activities across FP, including scholar media activity, publications, public and private events, and congressional and/or VIP interactions.
  • Troubleshoots and coordinates with database vendors on system updates as needed.


Event coordination   (30%)

  • Maintains overarching awareness of convenings and programming across FP, and applies this knowledge to internal communications and operations to enhance coordination across the program.
  • Under the guidance of FP’s Director of Communications, assists program staff in organizing and implementing events to ensure professional standards; Brookings standards of quality, independence, and impact; and FP priorities.
  • Shepherds event approvals and information through institutional processes.
  • Serves as FP’s primary liaison to the Central Communications events team by attending regular event coordinator meetings; keeps FP center staffs informed of new policies and best practices.
  • Liaises with FP and Central Communication staff to identify optimal event types and formats for audience, message, and project goals.
  • Edits and finalizes event language in coordination with center staff, adhering to AP style.


Media coordination   (20%)

  • Maintains familiarity with FP scholars’ current work and tracks media engagement in an internal database and on Brookings’s public website.
  • Serves as primary FP Communications contact for managing and distributing incoming media requests, as well as requests for general information about the FP program and its experts.
  • With Director of Communications, coordinates among journalists, scholars, and Brookings studio staff to organize media interviews or other activities.
  • Assists Director of Communications in implementing FP’s media outreach strategy, including drafting news releases and planning and running media calls.
  • Contributes to ongoing and special project communication strategies to support FP strategic goals and objectives.


Outreach   (20%)

  • Develops understanding of Brookings audiences and of best practices for various formats and tactics in professional communications.
  • In coordination with FP and Communications leadership, drafts and manages the process around FP newsletters.
  • As directed, develops and promotes FP and Brookings content on social media platforms.
  • Works with FP and central Communications departments to promote events, activities, and publications.
  • As requested, assists FP Communications staff in preparation and production of short video features.


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:


A bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, history, journalism, public affairs, communications, or related field, and demonstrated interest in foreign policy, are required. A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in either media or policy-focused non-profit organizations, including experience with event organization, is required. Experience interacting with journalists is preferred. Experience in customer relationship management (CRM) and with relevant software is preferred. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Organizational skills: Superior organizational, communication, and administrative skills, along with strong attention to detail, are primary requirements. Ability to estimate the time and resources required, and to complete work in a timely manner and keep larger tasks on track, are required. Ability to manage competing priorities and modify as new information surfaces or conditions change, to work well under pressure and with discretion and judgment, and to regularly and clearly communicate updates to stakeholders, are required. Must possess energy and enthusiasm, and an excellent work ethic; ability to work independently and as part of a team; and initiative, reliability, and strong attention to detail.


Communication and interpersonal skills: Ability to communicate proactively, clearly, and consistently with internal and external contacts is required. Strong writing skills are required; must be able to write correspondence and other short texts accurately, clearly, and concisely, with minimal editing required. Must have ability to apply a customer service approach to dealing with external contacts, including journalists and event participants. Must also be flexible, able to develop productive working relationships, and able to work well with others in a stressful environment. Complete proficiency in spoken and written English is required; additional language skills are helpful.


Technical skills: Knowledge of event management practices is required. Demonstrated knowledge and skill in customer relationship management (CRM) software is preferred. Specific knowledge of Quick Base, HubSpot, and/or WordPress is preferred. With input from supervisor, must be able to identify, develop, and implement best practices in relevant fields and tasks.


Topical knowledge: Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and international relations, gained through education or professional or life experience, is required. General knowledge of the foreign policy media landscape is 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.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


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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Job posted: 2022-01-02