Location: Washington, D.C.

Salary: $45,000-$65,000 based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.

Department: Social Policy

Reports to: Vice President of Social Policy

To apply, email jobs@niskanencenter.org with “Social Policy – Communications Associate” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of relevant work (e.g., writing and design samples).

The Niskanen Center is a public policy think tank and advocacy organization that seeks to build a compelling case for the mutually reinforcing relationships between the free market and the welfare state; individual liberty and social justice; social cohesion and multicultural pluralism; and economic well-being and environmental protection. We believe that conserving a free, competitive, and democratic society requires radical departures from existing policies. Accordingly, we work closely with the governing elites’ network in Washington, D.C., to advance meaningful and concrete change.

Position description:

The Niskanen Center is seeking to hire a Communications Associate to help produce and disseminate the work of our growing Social Policy team to our audience of allied and partner organizations, Congressional staff, federal policymakers, academics and intellectuals, and national media outlets. This is a full-time, entry-level position that reports to the Vice President of Policy. Regular engagement with the Vice Presidents of Government Affairs, Communications, and Development, are also anticipated.

The Niskanen Center Social Policy team works to foster a 21st-century social policy consensus around strengthening America’s economic dynamism and the social insurance systems required for inclusive prosperity. We do our work by developing transpartisan reform proposals that reconcile the best of progressive and conservative thought, and  growing the coalitions, often of odd-bedfellows, necessary to advance them. To date, our research and advocacy have had a major impact on issues related to family economic security, including the Child Tax Credit, employment and workforce development policy, and healthcare reform.

The Communications Associate will handle press inquiries, write content for press releases, organize in-person event management, maintain and cultivate relationships with journalists and media outlets, help plan social media campaigns, manage mailing lists (Mailchimp), and format products for publication. The candidate should have exceptional written communication skills as well as experience in layout and design (Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress CMS). Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in public policy and a working knowledge of current events. Familiarity with the Niskanen Center’s mission and experience in the political arena are preferred but not required.



– Write and edit press releases, blog posts, op-eds, grant reports, and other communications materials.

– Proofread and edit communications materials written by others.

– Manage and format content for WordPress.

– Help maintain the Social Policy team’s webpage(s) and provide support on web development projects.

External relations:

– Handle media inquiries from print, broadcast, radio, and online outlets regarding Niskanen Center Social Policy research, events, and staff experts.

– Work with our Communications team to develop mailing lists and press materials, pitch ideas to reporters, and write copy for social media.

– Work with our Government Affairs team to prepare briefings for policymakers and related outreach communications.

– Maintain the team’s media analytics and publication lists.

– Work with the Communications team to develop strategies for optimizing audience growth and engagement. 

– Coordinate with our external Senior Fellows on research and writing projects.

– Help plan and publicize events (e.g., virtual policy panels).


– Format materials for publication in MS Word and Adobe InDesign.

– Support the creative direction of major publications (e.g., cover art).

– Create basic data visualizations and graphics in Excel, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Minimal Qualifications:

– 2+ years of professional experience in media, design, and/or nonprofit communications.

– Well-rounded understanding of U.S. politics and public policy.

– Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.

– Experience with Word, Excel, InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, and Mailchimp.

Preferred Qualifications:

– 4+ years of professional experience in a policy-oriented think tank or on Capitol Hill.

– Deep interest in U.S. politics and public policy.

– Robust writing experience, including on topics related to our work.

– Proficiency with the Adobe Creative suite for purposes of layout and design.

– Experience with tools for optimizing and automating communication strategies.

While a Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, a demonstrated track record of high-quality work will take precedence over years of experience or formal credentials. The candidate must be based in the Washington, D.C., area or be willing to relocate.

Benefits and Diversity Commitment

The expected annual salary range is $45,000-$65,000 based on experience. In addition, the Niskanen Center offers a comprehensive employee benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance, federal holidays, and unlimited paid leave.

The Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We also seek to expand our professional networks and workplace composition to reflect better our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply, email jobs@niskanencenter.org with “Social Policy Communications Associate” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of relevant work (e.g., writing and design samples).