Outreach and Editorial Assistant: OtherWords.org

Job Type

Part Time Temporary


Details: We’re offering $20 an hour for 15 hours a week for this part-time, temporary position. This position is a one year position with the possibility of extension.




1301 Connecticut Ave, NW
Suite 600
United States


The Institute for Policy Studies

The Institute for Policy Studies is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-issue think tank promoting progressive thought. IPS believes that true systems change happens through the power of social movements. To reach our shared vision, IPS activist-scholars work with grassroots groups, donors, policymakers, and other allies to shift public discourse, promote game-changing policy, build capacity of social movements, and grow the next generations of public scholars.

The Institute for Policy Studies is strengthened by the diversity of our community and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

Outreach and Editorial Assistant: OtherWords.org

The Institute for Policy Studies is looking for a part-time editorial and outreach assistant to help staff our unique weekly editorial service, OtherWords (online at OtherWords.org). Through OtherWords, we distribute a weekly package of progressive opinion pieces to hundreds of newspapers in America’s heartland, often in politically conservative regions.

We need your help building this network. We’re looking for someone who can identify new papers to invite onto our list, call editors, pitch our free service, and keep a well organized record of their outreach.  We also need help tracking the appearance of our clips, and could use an extra hand in proofreading and fact-checking some of our weekly commentaries.

Successful applicants will show strong written communication skills and careful attention to detail. They’ll have some experience in showing they can run a complex project independently, while meeting goals and deadlines. They’ll have not only a broad knowledge of current events and progressive issues, but also a passion for discussing those issues with folks far outside the progressive bubble.

A background in PR or journalism may help, but we’ll keep an open mind to anyone who can demonstrate the skills we need.


— Researching new newspapers and contacts

— Calling editors and pitching the OtherWords service

— Fact-checking and proofreading

— WordPress posting

— Clip tracking

— Other projects as assigned


— 1-2 years experience in proofreading, fact-checking, and/or public relations

— Strong written and oral communication skills

— Comfort making cold calls

— Familiarity with the newspaper op-ed format and AP style

— Close attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines

— Broad knowledge of current events and progressive issues

— Commitment to advancing progressive perspectives in heartland regions


— Experience working with print publications (e.g. college or local newspapers)

— Experience writing for publication, especially for a newspaper

— Experience with the WordPress CMS

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample to otherwords@ips-dc.org. (No academic papers, please — send us something that shows you can write conversationally as well as informatively.)

This application is open till the position’s filled, and we are looking to hire as soon as possible.