Communications Director

Class: Exempt/full-time


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a research and grant-making organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand whether and how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability. Core to Equitable Growth’s mission is: building a bridge between the academic and policy communities; conducting in-house, academic-quality research and analysis; providing grants to academic economists and other social scientists to support cutting-edge research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues; making in-house and supported research accessible to the policy community.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has an immediate opening for an accomplished Communications Director. The successful candidate will develop and execute on creative strategies and plans to grow and elevate Equitable Growth’s brand, network of scholars, in-house experts, and funded research in national economic debates. Integral to the position is the ability to manage and lead an innovative and entrepreneurial Communications team to high standards of excellence and a high level of output. The person in this role will utilize all of the tools at their disposal to bring attention to Equitable Growth’s growing body of research, heighten its reputation as the go-to source for research and analysis on inequality and growth, and enhance the organization’s ability to advance evidence-based ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth.


Communications strategy and management (50 percent)

  • Design and implement a comprehensive strategic communications strategy through owned media, earned media, public events, private convenings, and stakeholder engagement
  • Utilize new and existing academic research and policy analysis to tell an evidence-backed story about what makes the economy grow across multiple platforms and with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Grow capacity of Equitable Growth’s staff and stakeholders to insert in-house and funded research and evidence into day-to-day economic policy debates, and articulate and execute on appropriate strategies to support them
  • Manage and collaborate with programmatic teams on development of new content and continually refine channels and tactics for elevating technical research to the policymaking community
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of communications strategies and tactics, report on progress to external and internal stakeholders, and quickly refine where and when necessary
  • Work in partnership with programmatic teams and researchers to develop and refine key frameworks and takeaways from new research and policy analysis
  • Work in coalition with organizational partners in academia and policymaking to elevate Equitable Growth’s research, analysis, and scholars

Media relations (30 percent)

  • Oversee organization wide efforts to cultivate and manage sustainable relationships with members of the media, pitch new stories, and maximize media coverage that elevates the expertise and thought leadership of Equitable Growth’s Executive Director, in-house team, and broader grantee network
  • Supervise Communications Manager in pursuit of identifying new media opportunities for staff and grantee network, elevating research and analysis, and developing issue-specific communications plans and outreach efforts that complement the organization’s overall objectives
  • Develop and seek out opportunities to elevate new research, grantees, organizational spokespeople, and issue-area experts
  • Manage development of communications collateral, including op-eds, events materials, background memos, briefing materials, press releases, etc.
  • Develop and manage a media training program for Equitable Growth’s experts and network
  • Act as Equitable Growth’s on-the-record spokesperson when appropriate

Events (20 percent)

  • Manage and work in partnership with teams across the organization to develop and execute on events engagement strategy that enhances Equitable Growth’s ability to build a bridge between the policymaking and academic community
  • Supervise Events and Conferences Manager’s development of public and private event production, relationship management, logistics and contract management, data management, and cross-team coordination
  • Supervise continued development of knowledge management tools that will enhance Equitable Growth’s ability to evaluate the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement via events, and make continual strategic and tactical improvements
  • Work with Events Manager and across organization to ensure that events and conferences meet grantee engagement and network building objectives


  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • 8-plus years of progressive responsibility in communications or external relations field
  • Proven track record of developing and deploying strategic communications plans on topics related to economic policy, from idea creation through execution and evaluation
  • Knowledge of federal economic policymaking institutions and processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience mentoring and developing staff using a supportive and collaborative approach
  • Entrepreneurial; strong problem-solver who takes solution-oriented and creative approach to challenges
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage a variety of projects while maintaining focus on high-level organizational goals

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

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