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Communications Manager, Institute for Constitutional Government

Title:             Communications Manager, Institute for Constitutional Government

Reports to:   Director, Media

Job Summary:  The Communications Manager is responsible for media relations for the Institute for Constitutional Government, which includes the Meese Center for Legal & Judicial Studies and Simon Center for Principles & Politics. The Communications Manager serves as the primary point of contact for the Institute with other teams in Communications and for media inquiries.

Job Duties:

  • Responsible for media relations activity involving the Institute’s programs and its policy experts, including press relationships, message development, and issue leadership. 
  • Create and drive communications campaigns to increase awareness of the Institute’s work on a range of public policy issues.
  • Generate pitches daily on issues including the Constitution, separation of powers, federalism, checks and balances, an independent judiciary, court rulings, and election law.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media covering the courts and American constitutional system.
  • Write, edit, and post news content, tweets, news releases, commentaries, and talking points for distribution on and other platforms.
  • Manage press response to daily and breaking policy issues.
  • Shape talking points into effective messages and storylines in current and future policy news debates.
  • Organize and execute media events to set the agenda and drive the news cycle, including reporter breakfasts with news making policy experts.
  • Educate Institute experts on the news cycle and strategic thinking on how to generate media attention, and shaping talking points for delivery.
  • Assist with identifying Institute staff for media training.
  • Identify news opportunities and contribute to editorial calendars with members of the Media Relations team.
  • Maintain and share, in an easily accessed manner, media lists on relevant issues for institutional use.
  • Distribute Heritage pitches through email to reporters.
  • Create quarterly report on previous quarter’s media progress and set quarterly media goals, including contact prospects.

Skill Factors:

Education:             BA/BS, preferably in journalism, communications, or political science

Experience:           Minimum of 3-4 of relevant experience.

Communication:    Excellent writing, public speaking and broadcast interview skills and be an articulate, appealing Heritage spokesman on the Foundation’s vision and priorities

Special Skills/Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the team’s goals and objectives.
  • Experience working in and a strong commitment to creating a high-performance, results-driven culture.
  • Commitment to getting the job done and willingness to work hours required.
  • Demonstrate an interest in public policy, strategy, and project management execution.
  • Outstanding attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with teams large and small as well as coordinating projects and campaigns.
  • Hard working, resourceful, creative, and organized with the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to provide and receive direction and feedback.
  • Understand and appreciate the vital role of the independent media in American government and society.
  • Comfort in social and professional settings with editors, producers, and reporters.
  • Intimately familiar with print, online and broadcast media needs, processes, and priorities, and how to meet those needs with Heritage resources.
  • Creative thinker able to market Heritage media products to the media and to conceive new products and marketing methods by using existing and acquired resources.
  • Familiar with AP style.
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