Who we are:
At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
The Urban Institute has built a cutting-edge in-house communications team that is translating research for broad audiences through creative content and innovative engagement. Urban is hiring a communications manager to join our strategic communications team as part of a new initiative.
How you’ll contribute:
The Communications Manager will play an integral role in From Safety Net to Solid Ground, a new cross-disciplinary effort by policy researchers to forecast, monitor, and analyze major shifts in federal antipoverty policies and programs. In partnership with researchers and communications staff, s/he will develop strategies to raise visibility and engage target audiences through timely research content.
The Communications Manager will also lend expertise to other cross-center projects, including Urban's initiative on the social determinants of health, which manages a grantmaking program that supports research on how laws and policies improve the health, well-being, and equity of people and communities. S/he will serve also as a member of both communications and research units, reporting to the senior communications manager with a dotted line to the director of the initiative.
What you’ll bring:
The ideal candidate is a savvy, flexible, fast-thinking policy communications professional with excellent project management skills. In leading the communications strategy for the From Safety Net to Solid Ground initiative, the manager will work across all facets of external visibility and outreach and serve as a liaison for Urban researchers and staff. The manager should understand the policy environment, identifying opportunities to share evidence-based ideas and working closely with researchers to hone insights and solutions.
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration; be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters; and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.
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