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Communications Manager, Public Interest Technology Team

At New America’s Public Interest Technology program, we are committed to growing the field of public interest technology. In this field, it is not enough to do good work; we must make the work visible and accessible in order to scale it.  Because this work spreads through exposure, making public interest technology work seen is an essential step in expanding the practice and making it ubiquitous. To this end, we are looking to bring a Communications Manager on to our team to work with team members on evangelizing our work internally within New America and externally to the field, influencers, and persuadable audiences. This is a dynamic role - think of it as a Storyteller and Evangelizer - that includes a combination of writing and editing, brand building, media relations, stakeholder engagement and relationship building, and events management. This role will also manage our part-time communications associate.

Responsibilities

  • Writing and reporting stories for our monthly themed newsletter, The Commons
  • Brainstorming ideas for issues and working to produce and promote the newsletter each month 
  • Drafting op eds as needed with input from team members
  • Developing relationships with editors and reporters covering the field at major publications
  • Conceptualizing and organizing events that help spread knowledge of elements of public Interest technology
  • Telling stories about the Public Interest Technology University Network, a consortium of universities which our team manages
  • Working to move the needle on general awareness of public interest technology and our team’s place in it
  • Participate on panels or other public appearances as available

Qualifications

  • Strong journalism experience required, including copyediting, reporting, interviewing subjects, editing pieces by non-writers, finding great stories to tell 
  • Experience putting together a digital newsletter preferred, or at least a facility with digital tools and an interest in learning CreateSend. This will require sourcing and editing images, writing headlines, subheads and tweets.
  • Comms or marketing experience preferred (private sector experience OK)
  • Comfortable developing relationships with editors and reporters
  • Familiarity with the government, policy or tech arenas preferred, a true believer in the capacity to use the skills of technologists to influence policy and implementation is a bonus

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