COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT & DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER

The Faith & Politics Institute (FPI) seeks a Communications Assistant to support its communications operations. The Communications Assistant will help implement the organization’s overall communications strategy, including the execution of digital and earned media plans and email outreach to FPI constituents. The Communications Assistant will advance our mission by working with FPI team and other stakeholders to amplify and coordinate a consistent message to all constituents of the organization.

THE CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have prior communications experience in government and politics.  He or she will be a self-motivated and energetic professional with sound judgment, intelligence, drive and a demonstrable record of working in a political organization where social media and online engagement are top priorities.  He or she will be skilled at drafting emails, flyers, invitations, talking points, speeches, letters and to produce stories, blog posts, draft op-eds, news releases and assist in seeking out substantive media exposure that captures the essence of the Institute’s work. Updating the Institute website, using the FPI Facebook, Twitter account and sending weekly and other regular reflections to a broad email list are also part of the day-to-day tasks.  The candidate should possess a deep commitment to the Institute’s nonpartisan mission to bridge racial, political and religious divides and will consistently seek to advance the Institute’s goals both in day-to-day work and in long-range planning. 

We are looking for a hard-working, mission-driven, highly collaborative work style with a positive team-first attitude. Demonstrating an ability to handle competing priorities in a growing organization, to effectively leverage resources, meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects for the good of the organization is a priority. Equal parts integrity, compassion, patience and comity are necessary to address the sometimes unpredictable and at times deeply divided environment on Capitol Hill in a professional, poised, positive and productive manner.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Execute an annual communications plan in collaboration with the Faith & Politics Institute’s team and key stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission and maximize its impact;

  • Develop, distribute, and/or maintain all public affairs products including, but not limited to, flyers, reports, news releases, statements, Op-Eds, e-newsletters, social media content, brochures, and website content;
  •  Create high impact social media and web content that engages key audiences and leads to measurable action;
  • Ensure clear and effective communication in all FPI products.
  • Oversee webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, or related field
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of experience in public affairs/communications with a focus on the federal government, politics or Capitol Hill.
  • Possess excellent judgment, interpersonal skills and commitment to mission to achieve organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the issues surrounding faith, politics and public service.
  • Experience with social media strategy, website and database management.
  • Experience drafting and editing public affairs products
  • Established media contacts and experience pitching media.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and media training skills.
  • Ability to travel periodically.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

FPI will offer a competitive compensation package to attract the most qualified candidates. The organization provides benefits to its employees, including a health care plan, 401K, and paid annual leave.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Faith & Politics Institute was founded in 1991 with the hope of providing opportunities for meaningful interactions and experiences among those who lead and serve our nation. In 1997, the Institute sought to involve members of Congress more closely with its work and Representatives Amo Houghton (R-NY) and John Lewis (D-GA) agreed to serve as the honorary co-chairs of the Institute's Board of Directors. With their leadership, the institute’s work expanded considerably, increasing   participation of members of Congress in with an interest in reflection and conversation across racial, religious, ideological and party lines.

The Institute's programs encompass three general areas of leadership, including:

  • Leading from within: Reflective leadership is effective leadership—opportunities for members and staffers to strengthen their inner dimension of leadership
  • Leading across divides: Race, religion and partisanship—efforts to foster a spirit of reconciliation across lines of race, religion and political party
  • Leading in service: Engaging the public—programs that bring together leaders and their constituents

Activities within these three broad areas include reflection groups, retreats, pilgrimages, and public forums. The weekly reflection groups and occasional retreats are important opportunities for people to connect their role with their greater calling as leaders. The public forums include lectures by well-known speakers whose promote or whose lives reflect courage in the political arena. The pilgrimages allow men and women from both houses of Congress, along with staff members and special guests, to participate in trips that provide information, inspiration, and opportunities for reflection on the lessons to be learned from past struggles, such as the civil rights movement.

 To apply send resume, cover letter and writing samples with subject line “Communications Assistant” to: HR@faithandpolitics.org