Communications Associate

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Mid Level

Title:                         Communications Associate

Reports to:             Director, Media & Public Relations

Job Summary:  The Communications Associate is responsible for helping promote Heritage experts, messaging, and policy recommendations across a variety of communication platforms. The Communications Associate works closely with the Senior Communications Manager for National Security & Foreign Policy to advance Heritage messaging and policy objectives on national security and foreign policy issues through work with national, regional, and international media. The Communications Associate also serves as the Media & Public Relations focal point for media-centric social media efforts and regularly works with Multimedia team to coordinate content.  

Job Duties:

  • Work with the institute communications managers and director of Media & Public Relations to contribute to full-spectrum communications efforts in support of Heritage messaging goals.
  • Support media relations engagement and efforts involving Heritage national security and foreign policy experts, including press relationships, message development, and issue leadership. 
  • Coordinate with Senior Communications Manager to generate daily and breaking news pitches on national security and foreign policy issues, including immigration, China, and more.
  • Monitor news coverage and breaking developments to identify opportunities for Heritage to drive the national media conversation.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media covering national security and foreign policy issues, as well as broadcast producers and bookers.
  • Support social media content production for national security and foreign policy experts.
  • Write, edit, and post news releases, commentaries, statements, and messaging documents for distribution internally and externally.
  • Help identify and plan for upcoming news cycles or items of substantial media interest.
  • Organize and execute media events to set the agenda and drive the news cycle, including reporter breakfasts with news-making policy experts.
  • Maintain and share, in an easily accessed manner, media lists on relevant issues for institutional use.
  • Work with institute managers, Director of Media & Public Relations, and Multimedia team to coordinate Media involvement and contribution to Heritage social media accounts.
  • Support the department’s media training program, as needed.


Education:             BA/BS

Experience:           1-3 years of media relations, communications, and/or social media experience

Management:        Strong interpersonal skills, sound tactical planning, and messaging awareness and goal setting, are required.

Communication:    Excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills. An articulate advocate of Heritage’s vision and mission.

Technology:            Microsoft Office and Outlook

Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the Media & Public Relations team’s goals and objectives.
  • Able to be an articulate advocate of Heritage’s vision and mission, and creatively share that vision with various audiences.
  • Discipline to stay focused on important policy debates and high-return, high-impact opportunities rather than follow every issue, quote, or news cycle opportunity.
  • Strong social media familiarity and skills. Superior writing, editing and public speaking skills a plus.
  • Experience pitching reporters, producers, and bookers a plus.
  • Commitment to getting the job done and willingness to work flexible or long hours during periods of breaking news.
  • Demonstrate an interest in public policy, Heritage policy issues, and the conservative movement.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and commitment to capturing nuance.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to receive direction and feedback/willingness to share ideas and challenge assumptions.
  • Creative thinker able to market Heritage products to the media and to conceive new products and processes using existing and acquired resources.
  • Familiarity with AP Style.
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