Communication Officer

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1211 Connecticut Avenue NW
8th Floor
United States


Description: Reporting to the President & CEO and working alongside the Director of Development and research staff, the Communications Officer will play a key role in shaping and implementing the Center’s strategic communications plan to increase awareness of Stimson’s analysis and policy recommendations among high-priority external audiences in government, media, the NGO community and academia. This position will manage a team of Communications Specialists. The ideal candidate will have experience in strategic communications, program management, and media relations. Candidates should be detail-oriented and able to prioritize multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


  • Advise program Directors on strategic communications and branding techniques that promote research and expertise to external audiences;  
  • Working closely with the development team, create organizational and project-specific messages to support impact and fundraising goals;
  • Coordinate, manage, and conduct Stimson’s media relations research and outreach to showcase and promote Stimson, its programs, and researcher expertise;
  • Oversee preparation of press releases, promotional materials, collateral, and other written, auditory, and visual content; 
  • Manage relationships with outside vendors to ensure high-quality and timely publication of Center reports and products;
  • Manage operation, writing and posting of content for the Center’s social media channels.
  • Oversee the Communications team; and
  • Manage Communications budget.


  • 5 - 7 years of experience in media, strategic communications, or public relations with demonstrated interest in foreign affairs issues;
  • Specific experience in public policy and issue-driven communications with an innovative mind for marketing policy-related research across diverse constituencies;
  • Branding and design experience, including working with external vendors to design reports, websites, promotional materials and more in a timely and cost-effective manner;
  • Digital media experience and a strong understanding of digital media trends;
  • Web design and management experience;
  • Program management skills, including budget management, and supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a complex, fast-paced environment; and
  • Team builder with strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Duties: Submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations (saved in a single PDF file).

Application deadline: September 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm EST.