Communications Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience



Start Date



820 First Street Northeast
District of Columbia
United States


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading non-profits

working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has a national

reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies,

shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy

outcomes. It works on budget and tax policy, health care, and a range of programs important to

low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.

The Communications Associate position offers an opportunity for a talented communications

professional to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment as part of the Center’s communications

team to help the Center shape critical policy debates through the media. He or she will contribute to

the development of media strategy and tactics and support the team’s media relations

activities. Primary responsibilities will include helping to create and execute plans for the release of

new Center content, fielding media inquiries, conducting media outreach and maintaining media

relationships, assisting with message development and media training of policy experts, tracking the

issues upon which the organization works in media outlets, and other activities. The ability to think

strategically, to offer creative ideas, and to stay abreast of best practices in media relations is a plus.


• Bachelor’s degree; minimum two years of professional experience in communications or a related field;

• Experience working with the media;

• Experience working in a fast-paced, quick-turnaround environment;

• Ability to multi-task, set priorities, meet deadlines, and ask for help or reconsideration of priorities when needed;

• Excellent oral and written communications skills;

• Excellent research skills; and

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

The ideal candidate is extremely organized, detail-oriented, and a self-starter with an interest

in aggressively and proactively promoting the Center’s policy work on a daily basis, thus playing a

key role in ensuring broad media coverage.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and

welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of

any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.


Excellent benefits, including generous health insurance options and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please include a discussion

of what draws you to the mission of the Center.