The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) seeks a communications director to increase its exposure in the press, expand its social media footprint, and enhance its reputation as America’s most influential science and technology think tank. This position reports to ITIF’s chief operating officer.
ITIF has earned its standing as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on science and technology issues by nimbly producing high-caliber research reports, policy analysis, and commentary, and by staging a rich program of panel discussions and o ther events, which it hosts in its Washington, DC, office and other locations. The communications director’s primary responsibility will be to publicize all of this activity. It is an exciting opportunity for an energetic media-relations professional to deepen their policy expertise and influence important public debates.
- Plan and execute an ongoing media-relations program that enhances ITIF’s reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers by measurably increasing its press exposure.
- Build new relationships and deepen existing ones with reporters, commentators, editors, and producers in the business, technology, and political press—including national newspapers, trade publications, broadcast outlets, and influential blogs.
- Drive coverage of ITIF reports, place op-eds, and build press interest in major ITIF events.
- Partner with ITIF’s digital media specialist to expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
- A minimum of five to seven years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing robust media-relations programs.
- Strong track record of getting measurable results through media outreach, including placing op-eds and generating coverage for topical research reports and events.
- Hands-on experience with media-engagement software such as Vocus, knowledge of technology issues, and existing relationships with technology, business, and policy reporters is preferred.
- Strong writing and editing ability is essential, including sharp press releases, blog posts, and op-eds.
- Proven ability to handle multiple communications projects at once.
- Thorough understanding of digital communications is a must, including the fundamentals of website management.
- Practical experience and sound judgment using social media to raise the profile of an organization and engage in public issues.
- Strong understanding of public policy is essential. Previous experience on Capitol Hill or in the Washington office of a public relations or public affairs agency would be a plus.
Salary and benefits: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.
Application process: To apply for the position, please send a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com. Please note in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the communications director position, and please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in joining ITIF and how your experience and qualifications align with the goal of enhancing its reputation through an ongoing media-relations program.
TRADE POLICY ANALYST
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—a technology and economic policy think tank—seeks a trade and intellectual property policy analyst. The analyst will work on a wide range of trade policy issues including providing policy recommendations and insights regarding trade agreements the United States is negotiating and assessing foreign countries’ “innovation mercantilist” policies. The analyst will work at the intersection of a range of intellectual property, digital, and trade policy issues, including copyright, patent, digital content, and digital trade issues. The analyst will participate in and help shape outreach concerning trade and intellectual property policy with a wide range of international, congressional, industry, academic, and non-profit stakeholders. The position will be located in Washington, DC and reports to ITIF’s director of global innovation policy.
The ideal applicant will be a detail-oriented, high-energy, self-starter capable of developing innovative and original insights, analysis, and authorship while also being capable of thriving in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. The ideal analyst should be a highly productive analyst and writer, and a fresh thinker regarding trade and IP policy issues.
- Conduct research assignments as directed;
- Author long-form research reports related to a broad range of trade, digital economy, and intellectual property policy issues;
- Proactively write blogs, editorials, and articles;
- Contribute to organization and delivery of ITIF conferences and panel discussions;
- Present at internal and external events on these policy issues.
Qualifications: A Master’s degree in public policy, international trade, international business, economics, or related fields preferred, although applicants possessing a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of applied professional experience will be considered;
- Demonstrated exceptional writing and communications skills;
- Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills;
- Highly proactive and flexible, with an ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced, almost start-up like environment;
- Ability to thrive both when working on projects independently and on team-oriented projects;
- Ability to balance independent initiative with effectively executing assigned direction;
- Ability to proactively network and build relationships with outside organizations;
- Is ideally fluent at the intersection of business strategy, public policy, and national economic systems.
Application process: To apply for this position, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate in the subject line of the email that your application is for the trade policy analyst position:
- Cover letter explicitly stating specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
- Resume, including references;
- A writing sample of at least ten pages in length on a related topic.
ITIF is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank committed to articulating and advancing a pro-innovation and pro-technology public policy agenda internationally, in Washington, and in the states. ITIF is governed by a board of distinguished IT and innovation policy leaders and experts.