The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.
Economic Opportunities Program: The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) advances strategies, policies, and ideas to help low- and moderate-income people thrive in a changing economy. We recognize that race, gender, and place intersect with and intensify the challenge of economic inequality and we address these dynamics by advancing an inclusive vision of economic justice. For over 25 years, EOP has focused on expanding individuals' opportunities to connect to quality work, start businesses, and build economic stability that provides the freedom to pursue opportunity.
We collaborate with national and local leaders across the United States – nonprofit leaders, policymakers, labor leaders, business leaders, educators, academics, and more – and we actively seek input and ideas from individuals and communities affected by proposed approaches to address economic opportunity challenges. Through our leadership and fellowship programs; applied research and evaluation; data and analysis; and dialogue with diverse stakeholders, we work at both local and national levels to build understanding and galvanize action to address the challenge of economic opportunity in America.
The Senior Communications Manager will serve as the lead communications strategist for the Program, responsible for developing and executing the Program's communications priorities, with the goal of advancing the Program's external profile. The Senior Communications Manager will identify ways to elevate key messages from research publications, events, and other products through a variety of communications channels, including executive communications, media relations, speaking engagements and public events, newsletter distribution, digital and social media and other channels, as appropriate. The Senior Communications Manager will manage Program Communications staff and coordinate with Program leadership and staff on communications strategies. Additionally, the Senior Communications Manager will coordinate with the Aspen Institute communications team to leverage available resources and ensure objectives are met. The Senior Communications Manager will regularly report on communications outcomes from these efforts, both for internal review and for funder reports.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and oversee implementation of strategic communications plan for the Program in alignment with key stakeholders
Work with Program leadership to develop a set of shared messages across the program's initiatives that support the overarching mission and goals of EOP.
Manage the Program's communications staff, and promote a strategic and coordinated approach to communications, including digital and social media strategies
Define, monitor, and analyze metrics focused on the reach and impact of the Program and its component initiatives, as well as specific communications projects. Report and discuss results with program leadership on a regular basis
Initiate and support relationships with the Aspen Institute central communications team and with key strategic communications partners, facilitating collaboration and leveraging available resources
Content and Editorial:
Create and manage an editorial calendar and other project management tools to ensure cohesive and timely execution across projects and priorities
Advise on opportunities to position the Program's convenings, research, publications, and other content, including blogs, op-eds, and other collateral
Support Program staff with design and editing of publications and development of talking points and presentations, as needed
Develop and oversee integrated media relations strategies, including development of key messaging, press releases, and briefings; building press lists; identifying media opportunities; and managing relationships with members of the press
Monitor media coverage of relevant topics to inform the Program's press outreach strategies
Knowledge, Education, and Experience
6+ years of experience in research or communications related to economic/social policy.
Demonstrated ability to relay complex ideas and information about economic, labor, business and education/training topics to a broad audience.
Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically about communicating key messages to diverse audiences.
Outstanding writing, editing, and proofreading skills with a focus on detail and accuracy. Ability to write succinctly and quickly.
Experience with project management, balancing competing priorities, and managing multiple timelines. Supervisory experience is a plus.
Experience working with major news outlets to place opinion pieces and amplify programmatic work and expertise.
Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively within a team.
Significant course work or a degree in communications, journalism or a related field is a plus.
This is a full-time, exempt position based in our Washington, D.C. office. We value the safety of our staff. During the pandemic, staff can expect to work remotely and will have the option to work onsite once the building safely reopens. We offer competitive salaries and benefits with the goal of attracting and retaining exceptional staff. For information about our benefits package, please visit our Benefits page.
Note: At this time, we are unable to provide work sponsorship for this position.
Please visit the Aspen Institute's career page and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter is an opportunity for applicant to demonstrate her/his writing skill. The cover letter should describe the applicant's interest in the Economic Opportunities Program's work and this particular position, and it should highlight relevant qualifications and experiences. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed. Please note that candidates who advance to the interview stage will be asked to submit a writing sample or to respond to a writing prompt.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.
The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.
Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.