DDC Public Affairs
Washington, DC

Do you have a passion for advocacy? Are you experienced at stakeholder engagement or membership development, particularly around political issues? Do you see value in helping people understand issues and engage in the public policy process?  Then DDC Public Affairs is looking for you.

At DDC we provide public affairs solutions that enable our clients to identify, manage and communicate with their political assets and advocates. Through our unique blend of professional services and technology solutions, we establish rich connections with targeted audiences and empower our clients to build the relationships necessary to win on their public policy campaigns.

Currently, we are looking for a Communications Strategist to join the team in our downtown, Washington, DC office.


About the role:

As a Communications Strategist, you’ll play a key role in helping our clients communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and allies to engage them in grassroots advocacy efforts.  Part communications strategist, part community manager, part content strategist, and part membership development expert, this role is focused on helping clients educate, motivate, and build long-term relationships with grassroots advocates.  Competing successfully for voter attention and turning interest into action are not small challenges, but if you appreciate a challenge—and the fast-paced, constantly changing environment that goes along with it—then DDC may be the place for you.


To excel in this role you will have an understanding of how to use a wide array of communication vehicles (social media, email, websites, blogs, phones, direct mail, events, and in-person outreach) to help motivate people to participate in our campaigns and take action when needed.  You will also have a passion for (and creative approaches to) transforming supporters who will send emails into champions who will do much more.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Assist the senior communications strategist on large client campaigns, focused on advocate engagement and champion development
  • Serve as the primary communications strategist on smaller client engagements
  • Develop strategic plans, messaging platforms, content matrices, and communications calendars, and oversee the implementation of those program elements
  • Use website and social media analytics, email tracking results, and a range of other data to optimize campaign communications on an ongoing basis
  • Collaborate in the development of content for a wide range of communication tools, from websites and social media to paid and earned media, direct mail, fact sheets and white papers, issue marketing collateral, and program branding materials
  • Work closely with political strategists, campaign managers, design resources, writers, technical resources, data specialists, and senior engagement strategists to ensure successful execution on a day-to-day basis


About you:

You’ll have a bachelor’s degree in English, communications, public relations, political management, or related field. Experience working in public affairs and grassroots advocacy may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year basis.

Minimum two years relevant professional experience

Experience using a variety of communication vehicles, including web and social media content, issue advertising, brochures and direct mail, newsletters, earned media ghostwriting, presentations, and white papers/issue backgrounders, as well as traditional press releases and other media outreach tools

Demonstrated ability to execute messaging strategy in a variety of online and print communication vehicles

Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal/written communication, and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and support multiple projects simultaneously, multi-task, maintain quality, meet deadlines, and effectively deploy messaging and audience targeting strategy

Ability to manage multiple, often-conflicting deadlines; establish and negotiate timelines; and ensure timely delivery of high-quality work

Knowledge of the political cycle, legislative calendar, and policy-making process

Experience using established policy sources/research repositories (e.g. CBO, GAO, OIG, and think tanks), as well as recognized mainstream and new media sources to support campaign messaging

Expertise in and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required

Basic knowledge of HTML, desktop publishing applications, social networking tools, and online communications platforms beneficial

Willingness to adapt to the fast-paced, cyclical nature of public affairs work


With your resume, please also submit two communication samples.


About working at DDC:

At DDC, we are committed to ensuring each member of our team is a key contributor, and support that by fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation. In addition to working alongside a team of talented individuals in the heart of Washington, DC, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, 401(k) match, commuter stipend and flexible schedules, professional development opportunities, casual dress and an on-site gym.


DDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/ProtectedVet




Job Posted: April 11, 2017