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.

This is a general overview of some of the details of the duties you’re expected to perform during the course of your employment. This document is not all inclusive and your responsibilities will change as the needs of the business change.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Execute an annual communications plan in collaboration with FPI’s team and key stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission and maximize its programs’ 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, videos, and website content;

  • Create and grow an active and engaging social media presence that engages and grows key audiences, increases following, and leads to measurable action;

  • Ensure clear, concise, and consistent communication in all FPI products;

  • Oversee webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly;

  • Provide support to program, development, and outreach staff in drafting needed correspondence, proposals, and other materials;

  • Manage relationships with, and creative and logistical direction of, communications-related consultants and vendors, including but not limited to photographers and videographers;

 PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS

  • 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 strong writing skills, both technically and stylistically—can communicate complex concepts and narratives clearly and concisely for multiple audiences;

  • 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;

  • Experience pitching media;

  • Strong organizational, planning, and media training skills;

  • Ability to travel periodically;

  • Assist with programs, events, and activities as directed;

  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with supervisors, colleagues, and stakeholders;

  • Accepts and acts on performance based criticism and direction;

  • Adheres to the office attendance policy;

  • Works well under pressure and handles stress with grace;

  • Works a flexible schedule that may include long hours, nights, and weekends; and;

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


WORKING CONDITIONS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee may also be regularly required to travel by automobile, walking short distances, taking trains or air travel to achieve work goals. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the manager's job.

DIRECT REPORTS

This position has indirect supervisory responsibility for the Executive Assistant / Office Manager (EAOM). This means work will be assigned to the EAOOM both directly and indirectly by this position. This position will provide input into the EAOM’s performance goals and outcomes.