Press and Communications Officer

National Democratic Institute

About the organization

The Press and Communications Officer works with the Director and the Government Relations and Communications (GRC) team to increase press and media coverage for international democracy and the work of the organization. This position will promote NDI’s president and senior leadership as experts to the press, handle media inquiries, and implement external communications strategies to increase support and understanding of NDI’s role in promoting international democracy, credible and fair elections, and open, inclusive and transparent governance. This position will help create and edit written content, including success stories for the website and social media accounts, video scripts, prepared remarks, and other materials as needed. The position will support advocacy and external outreach to the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch and international donors.


Essential Accountabilities/Responsibilities
• Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Government Relations and Communications, create, build and maintain press relationships for NDI’s Board, Executive Office and senior leadership in order to raise the profile of senior leadership
• Implement communications strategies and campaigns, focused on traditional media engagement, that demonstrate the importance and relevance of NDI programming and democracy assistance to meet current foreign policy challenges
• Build and manage a press database of international and national reporters; develop profiles on targeted reporters; and create strategic opportunities for outreach
• Proactively pitch NDI events and success stories to appropriate media and outlets
• Respond to inquiries from print, radio and television journalists
• Create and edit written content, including success stories for the website and social media accounts, video scripts, prepared remarks, annual reports, and other materials as needed
• Write news releases, background pieces, advisories, fact sheets and other news-related information
• Assist with the preparation of NDI staff for any media engagement, including coordinating briefing materials and talking points
• Maintain up-to-date talking points on global issues and emerging foreign policy developments that directly impact NDI
• Write and edit content to tell NDI success stories and impact in promoting democracy with local partners, including for the website, monthly newsletter and social media accounts
• Write, edit and place Op-Eds in appropriate news sources to ensure NDI messages reach a broad audience
• Support advocacy and external outreach to the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch as needed, including through targeted communications materials
• Conduct virtual and in-person training for NDI staff and local partners on best practices in engaging media, writing success stories, conducting external outreach, and developing strategic and crisis communications plans
Peripheral Accountabilities/Responsibilities (Non-essential)
• Act as a back-up for other team members as needed
• Participate in cross-functional initiatives as needed
• Actively seek and engage in professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge in project/program management
• Incorporate best practices on external outreach and newest media trends and share with peers and others within the organization as appropriate
• Perform other duties as required
• Operate under general direction, plans or coordinates work in accordance with established objectives
• Interact with NDI partners, funders and other key program contacts
• Interact regularly with staff at all levels within NDI
• Serve as a resource and provide guidance to lower-level staff
• Regularly interact with NDI partners, funders and other stakeholders, including international development organizations, civic organizations, NDI’s network of volunteers, trainers, and experts, political leaders, and other key program contacts.


Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or other relevant degree preferred; a combination of experience and education in lieu of degree will be considered
• Minimum of three years of experience implementing media outreach and communication strategies
• Congressional experience or prior advocacy and educational outreach experience with the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch a plus
• Experience and knowledge of international media a plus
• International relations and development experience, including knowledge of NDI’s democracy work, a plus
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
• Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and receiving information in writing, in person and through various communications media
• Demonstrated understanding of strategic communications and best practices in advocacy-oriented communications
• Ability to act as a resource to NDI staff and partners on media relations and public affairs
• Excellent knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and other social media platforms
• Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills, and the ability to draw conclusions, determine options, and recommend next steps
• Nuanced understanding of audience, and experience working on complex, politically sensitive issues in dynamic environments
• Thorough knowledge of U.S. government processes
• Basic proficiency in Google Suite tools and Microsoft Office preferred
• Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills with demonstrated flexibility and the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities and issues of varying complexity, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables
• Attention-to-detail and creating accurate work products with a focus on quality is a must
• Knowledge of WordPress, Salsa and contact management systems a plus
• A high level of confidence, integrity, interpersonal skills, and a professional executive presence for effectively interacting with and influencing others, internal and external to the organization
• Capacity to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team required
Certifications/Licenses (desired)
• None required

Work Environment
This position generally is performed in an office environment and is suitable for partial telework. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required, as well as attendance at external events
ADA Notation
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This is a union position to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.
Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department.

To apply please visit our website at Additionally, please also send an email to [email protected] to notify us of your application.

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