Senior Communications Manager, National Security
The Senior Communications Manager is responsible for all aspects of Public Relations for national security issues within the Davis Institute and its policy experts including media relations, message development, and issue project leadership. The Senior Communications Manager also serves as the primary point of contact with other Strategic Communications teams and must coordinate between the two parties.
- Responsible for the Davis Institute’s national security programs and their policy experts including media relations, message development and issue project leadership.
- Generate pitches on relevant issues pertaining to national security on multiple platforms including print, broadcast, digital, and editorial.
- Generate social media content for Digital Media such as tweets and graphic ideas.
- Build and maintain relationships with media who cover national security issues including print, television, radio, and digital as well as Capitol Hill allies, with a special emphasis on relationships with Daily Signal reporters.
- Monitor media for experts in national security through various means and brief the Institute’s Vice President and the Director of Communications on relevant threats.
- Maintain and share, in an easily accessed manner, media lists on relevant issues for institutional use.
- Create quarterly report on previous quarter’s media progress and set quarterly media goals including contact prospects.
- Draft and edit talking points and news content for distribution across Heritage.org and other earned platforms.
- Work closely with Vice President of national security in leveraging the media assets to accomplish Institute policy goals.
- Educate national security’s experts on the news cycle and strategic thinking on how to generate media attention while ensuring proper media training.
- Mentor, educate, and train less senior communications staff.
- Coordinate with other Heritage departments such as Policy Promotion and Heritage Action for America.
- Organize and execute media events to drive the news cycle.
Job Type: FullTime
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
5-7 years of related experience
- Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing
- Special Skills/Requirements:
- Existing contacts among print reporters and broadcast producers.
- Knowledge of daily newspaper/newswire operations and needs.
- Must be aggressive, detail-oriented and highly creative.
- Must understand and appreciate the vital role of the independent media in American government and society and be comfortable in social and professional relationships with editors, producers and reporters for broadcast media.
- Must be intimately familiar with print, online and broadcast media needs, processes and priorities and how to meet those needs with Heritage resources.
- Must be a creative thinker able to market existing Heritage media products to the media and to conceiving new products and marketing methods by using existing and acquired resources.
- Must be familiar with AP style
- Must understand and support the Heritage mission and the department's goals and objectives.