Writing and Communications Specialist (Office of Communications)
Who we are:
At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
Urban’s greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban’s mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.
The Urban Institute has built a cutting-edge in-house Communications (COMM) team that translates research for broad audiences, leveraging a large portfolio of research and communications products.
How you’ll contribute:
This position is designed to be a writing and communications generalist. Projects will vary week to week, though writing will remain a consistent element throughout the assignment. This position will be responsible for writing and overseeing Urban’s robust newsletter program and writing about Urban research for other communications products.
- Manage a pipeline of over 30 newsletters with schedules that range from biweekly to quarterly. Coordinate with researchers, an editor, and the digital team to shepherd newsletters from the outline stage to production.
- Write newsletter content to promote reports, features, blog posts, and other content.
- Develop ideas for special-edition newsletters to promote Urban work and build new audiences.
- Write overviews of high-profile research papers by identifying the key takeaways and summarizing them for a broad audience.
- Write fact sheets, blog posts, and other communications products, as assigned.
- Help ensure a racial equity and racial justice lens is considered in Urban’s newsletters and other assigned work.
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
- Possess a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, public policy, political science, English, sociology, media studies, or a related field OR equivalent work experience
- Have at least two years of experience in writing, journalism, and/or communications
- Exhibit strong writing skills, particularly the ability to write concise, accessible content for a broad audience while maintaining nuance and accuracy
- Write and edit quickly, and consistently meet deadlines
- Work well independently and juggle multiple projects at once
- Demonstrate excellent time-management and organizational skills
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.
We believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Public policies work best when they are rooted in facts, and our research sparks solutions in programs and practice. Our analyses and recommendations help expand opportunities for all people, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the fiscal health of governments and effectiveness of public policies.
How We Work
We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Our work engages communities at multiple levels—city, state, and country—as we gather data and evaluate programs. Urban Institute scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.
Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates—in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions.
As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues. Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research.
Our work environment encourages intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect. Our analysis elevates debate, wherever it takes place.
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Job posted: 2020-07-30