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.
- 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 Heritage.org 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.
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
- 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.