Communications Associate

Remote or Hybrid

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About the Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st-century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Our Culture

At Roosevelt, we recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all. We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger. Roosevelt is an equal opportunity employer and, as affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply.

Job Summary

The communications associate will directly support the media team in essential tasks including monitoring media coverage, creating press material, compiling and distributing daily media clips, drafting social media content, and supporting other special projects as assigned.

This position reports to the deputy director, media strategies and internal communications. A cross-functional role, the communications associate will work closely with the Communications team, Think Tank, and the Roosevelt Network.

This is a non-management (individual contributor), unionized role.

Department: Communications
Reports to: Deputy Director, Media and Internal Communications
Salary: $62,091 – $68,442

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Media Relations

  • Provide in-depth research on specific outlets and reporters to inform media strategy development and/or for use in preparing spokespeople for interviews which includes:
    • Pitching relevant story ideas to reporters
    • Developing a subset of press relationships
  • Support the planning, coordination, and staffing of media events, convenings, webinars, trainings, panels, etc.
  • Draft fact sheets, media advisories, press releases, and other communications products

Social Media

  • Support digital team in identifying media to follow, r/tweet, etc.
  • Identify and develop new tactics to engage with media on social platforms
  • Draft social media content as needed

Team Support

  • Track and assess quarterly media data from relevant trackers and Muckrack (PR platform); prepare summary report drafts
  • Build and maintain media lists on MuckRack requiring research and compilation of custom media lists (outlets, reporters relevant to forthcoming reports, political news, etc.)
  • Update Asana’s relevant media section on a daily and/or weekly basis
  • Coordinate departmental media, software subscriptions/renewals in consultation with Deputy Director and Sr. VP Communications
  • Compile and distribute daily morning media clips
  • Prepare monthly departmental credit card finance submissions in partnership with Sr. VP Communications


  • 2 plus years’ experience in Media relations, journalism, or related field. Internships and professional experience in fast-paced, high-volume public relations firms, communications in progressive politics, non-profit communications, or media outlets a plus
  • Experience managing media engagement for both rapid response and long-lead stories
  • Ability to occasionally travel to Washington DC
  • Keen organizational skills: project- and time management
  • Cross-functional team collaboration
  • Self-driven working style, with ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at a time
  • Remote or hybrid, must be able to work EST timezone hours
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Bias for technology, with experience in MS Office and Google Workspace
  • Passion for the mission of the Roosevelt Institute and interest in policy issues

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.