Defense Priorities is seeking a Communications Manager to join our communications team. In this position, you will play a key role in promoting our organization by creating informative content, coordinating media outreach, and pursuing other opportunities to build DEFP’s brand and highlight our work, programs, policy positions, experts, and analysis.
This candidate will help develop DEFP’s media outreach strategy and lead the day-to-day execution of earned and paid media efforts in support of DEFP’s mission. developing communications strategy and external communication with key media outlets.
A key position within the communications team, this role reports to the Communications Director. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial media relations professional who is detail-oriented, thorough, organized, and able to develop and implement innovative, effective approaches to expand DEFP’s impact on the national conversation about U.S. foreign policy.
Develop and drive a strategic communications plan from conception to implementation
Research, establish, and develop relationships with key journalists, editors, producers, bookers, and media outlets
Earn media opportunities for DEFP’s experts and analysis
Ensure all messaging aligns with DEFP policy positions
Analyze the news cycle and recognize strong news hooks and captivating pitch ideas to secure high-value media placements
Develop and maintain briefing book of key policy arguments and messaging guidance for our network of aligned experts and scholars on key issues
Develop content for press releases, website, emails, newsletters, and any other distribution channels; ensure adherence to DEFP style guide
Copyedit DEFP op-eds, explainers, and other written products
Brainstorm and collaborate with policy team for new ideas and strategies
Track all major programmatic activity for dynamic media activity reports
Develop strategies for current and existing products, launches, and promotions
Prior experience as an entrepreneurial media relations professional. Candidate should have comprehensive understanding of media, best practices, and ability to project manage major promotion initiatives.
3+ years of experience in communications, media relations, or related field
Excellent media relations skills with proven experience developing a media relations strategy, pitching content, and securing placements
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, copywriting, and content creation skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment to drive strategy implementation
Detail oriented with strong organizational skills and a strong sense of urgency
Ability to multitask, monitor ongoing projects, work under pressure, and manage time effectively
Ability to take initiative and innovate new strategies by thinking outside-the-box
What we look for in candidates:
Integrity, intelligence, innovative/creative thinking, flexibility/adaptability, curiosity, strong story-telling capability, strong work ethic, passion, and positive energy
We're serious about cultivating, nurturing, and growing talent to effect change
We value challenge, accountability, fairness, hard work, and innovation—productivity and outcomes matter
We’re serious but fun, passionate but rationale, and out-of-the-box thinkers and doers who achieve results
Comprehensive health, dental, and vision benefits; flexible working; flexible PTO