Communications Specialist

Job Type

Full Time



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7064 Eastern Avenue, NW
District of Columbia
United States


The Communications Specialist has responsibility for producing and carrying out strategies to promote the Forum’s work, and its products and services. This includes the design, production, writing and dissemination of print and electronic communications.

Position Responsibilities


·       Design and layout print and Web products, including stories, reports, brochures and marketing materials.

·       Maintain websites, including posting new material, making corrections and working with contractors to fix technical problems.

·       Manage electronic communications, including electronic newsletters and social media outlets.

·       Compile information, write and edit copy for stories, electronic newsletters, news releases, brochures, reports, products and services descriptions, and marketing materials.

·       Disseminate the above materials and other information about the Forum’s work to an expanding audience, through use of Forum’s delivery systems (such as Web sites and social media) and through partnerships with other organizations.

·       Develop and carry out marketing strategies for the Forum’s products and services.


·       Create and maintain Forum templates for documents and presentations (such as PowerPoint slides).

·       Create and maintain branding materials for Forum publications and presentations.

·       Create and update graphic images for specific needs (such as presentations by staff or for specific Forum events).

·       Maintain print supplies and printer

·       Maintain certain communications folders on the shared computer drive, including those for photos/art, final versions of publications, and products and tools.

·       Monitor incoming emails to certain accounts, including and LinkedIn.

Performance/Character Requirements


This position requires a creative, organized professional with writing, marketing and design skills. The person must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Commitment, attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple roles, responsibilities and projects simultaneously are essential. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working with and learning new communications technologies.




·       At least one to three years of professional experience in communications, including design (for both print and Web), layout, writing and production;

·       Proficiency with contemporary design and communications software, including: Adobe InDesign and Photoshop; video editing (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere). Experience with Constant Contact and with social media management platforms (e.g., Tweet Deck) is preferred but not required.

·       Excellent skills in Web content management (HTML and CMS experience required);

·       Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills;

·       Marketing experience in client research and outreach preferred;

·       Attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects with firm deadlines;

·       Flexibility and ability to develop creative solutions;

·       High levels of motivation and ability to work independently;

·       Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience and/or professional certificate) in a communications-related field, including communication arts, marketing, journalism and graphic design;

·       Passion for the Forum’s mission and for improving the lives of young people.


Working Environment


Flexibility is required to adapt to the dynamic work environment of a small but growing non-profit “think tank” that has national clients and exposure. The climate is informal but mission-driven. Excellence is valued in every position.


Position & Compensation


Salaries at the Forum are competitive with comparable non-profit organizations in the region and will be based upon experience and expertise. Salary range, duties and responsibilities of this position meet the requirements of Section 13 (a) (1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore qualifies it as an "exempt" position.


To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and writing/design samples, with Communications Specialist in the subject line, to 



The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are ready by 21: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partnerships to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.


The Forum manages a number of centers and partnerships, including the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Big Picture Approach Consulting, the Children’s Cabinet Network and SparkAction. The core work of the Forum is helping leaders, organizations, partnerships and systems – at the local, state and national levels – assess, improve and align their practices and policies. .


The Forum is a thriving organization with an annual budget of approximately $8.16 million and more than 45 staff. While the Forum overall is funded by a mix of foundations and corporations with a growing fee-for-service contract base, the Weikart Center is funded predominantly (80+%) by fee-for-service contracts. For more information, please visit

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and writing/design samples, with Communications Specialist in the subject line, to