Communications Manager

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.

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.

Primary responsibilities

  • 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 (planned and unplanned/rapid-response) for DEFP’s experts and analysis

  • Ensure all messaging aligns with DEFP policy positions

  • Analyze the news cycle, recognize strong news hooks, and develop creative pitch ideas to secure high-value media placements

  • Refine policy briefing book of key 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 to expand our reach and influence

  • 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.

Other requirements:

  • 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

About us

  • We're serious about cultivating, nurturing, and growing talent to effect change

  • We value integrity, achievement, 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