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Position: COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
Location: Washington, DC
Start date: February 2019
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals, halt the spread of nuclear weapons, and minimize the risk of war by providing policy research, education and analysis to the public and policymakers. Council for a Livable World is a Washington, D.C. based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, encourage a more responsible approach to Pentagon spending, and minimize the risk of war by helping to elect and then support members of Congress sharing such goals.
The Center and Council are seeking a Communications Assistant to support enhanced public outreach efforts. The Communications Assistant will report directly to the Communications Director, and will work closely with the Senior Policy Director and policy team to develop creative and interesting content that informs and urges policymakers and the public to re-engage on nuclear weapons policies. This employee’s primary focus will be on creating digital media to communicate policy terms and goals in new and compelling ways. This person will also perform other communications tasks and policy research, and certain tasks for the Council, as directed. The ideal candidate is passionate about both digital communication and reducing global nuclear threats. This position is based in Washington, D.C.; telecommuting is not available.
- Bachelor’s degree in a communications-related field or policy-related field with proven experience in digital communications
- Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, and versatility in various design software including Canva
- Experience creating short videos using Movie Maker, Wondershare Filmora or other free/non-subscription video software
- Fluency in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and a knack for identifying social media trends. Experience/familiarity promoting via paid, owned and earned media is a plus.
- Ability to quickly respond to digital/social media trends with relevant policy content
- Ability to comb through legislative calendars, bills, treaties, executive orders and other documents for research and analysis
- Ability to write in creative ways for social media and email fundraising appeals, and technically for the website, fact sheets and Congressional staff communications
- Interest in non-proliferation, arms control and national security matters – experience or background in these areas a plus.
Responsibilities will include:
- Under direct guidance from the Communications Director:
- Create gifs, infographics, memes, short videos, and other content to promote policy ideas and goals
- Assist in the maintenance of documentation of media efforts, including press outreach, op-ed placements, and social and web analytics
- Assist in managing the Center’s social media presence
- Assist in determining new ways to engage new and diverse audiences
- Assist in email communications with organization supporters and members
- Under direct guidance from the Senior Policy Director:
- Assist in policy research and analysis, while consistently increasing knowledge and understanding of nuclear weapons policy issues
- Other responsibilities as assigned by Communications Director, Senior Policy Director or Executive Director.
Salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $42,500 -$50,000 annually; includes benefits package.
Email cover letter, resume, two brief writing samples showcasing different writing styles, and two references by close of business on March 1, 2019 to Cain Farmer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates selected for interviews will be required to bring a physical copy of or provide a link to a portfolio of digital work.
No calls, please.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World are Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan policy research, education and analysis organization and advocacy organization, respectively, dedicated to enhancing international peace and security in the 21st Century. They are Equal Opportunity Employers—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation offers full-time internship opportunities for students and recent graduates interested in policies to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and increase peace and security.
Located on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C, the Center is a respected non-profit organization that educates Congress and the public on national security issues through policy, advocacy, and investigations. Center interns have the opportunity to contribute to the organization in a number of issue areas.
The application process for Spring 2019 interns is now closed. The process for Summer 2019 internships will open in April.
Academic credit is available.
What will the internship experience include?
With a small dedicated staff, interns will have the opportunity to work with everyone including the Executive Director to help shape the organization’s work on important issues. The staff is committed to investing in their interns, and are eager to spend time working with them to hone their skills to develop future leaders in the nuclear nonproliferation and national security community.
This internship is not an opportunity for “busy work.” You will be working alongside our analysts each day to research and produce valuable materials that could be distributed to policymakers and the general public; gain real-world policy experience; and have tangible publications to showcase to future employers.
Former Center interns have gone on to graduate studies at top universities in the United States, and many are now working in intelligence, think tanks, Congress, the executive branch, and NGOs throughout the country and the world.
What do interns do?
- Research federal news, policy and developments on issues including U.S. nuclear weapons posture; Pentagon budget; nuclear terrorism; military engagement in the Middle East; U.S.-Russia relations; chemical & biological weapons; and missile defense.
- Write articles, fact sheets, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, tweets, and other communications analyzing news and developments in support of the Center’s policy and advocacy goals.
- Attend events on Capitol Hill and at other organizations and provide a comprehensive summary for distribution to Center staff.
- Research and craft smart, compelling and attractive content for our social media outlets.
- Write and publish well-researched blog pieces.
- Work collaboratively to create the most effective messaging tools, as well as innovate on existing ones.
In addition to its internship program, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation also participates in the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. The Scoville Fellowship pays a stipend for recent college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC on peace and security issues for six to nine months. For further information, please visit the Scoville Fellowship’s website.