Communications Associate

Brooklyn, New York
Commensurate with experience
Jul 10, 2018
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Position Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. or Washington, D.C.

About the Position

CPD is seeking a full-time Communications Associate to work closely with our Media Relations Director and senior CPD program staff on earned media and other communications work on economic, racial, and immigrant justice campaigns.

CPD is seeking to hire an energetic, creative Communications Associate who can help develop and drive forward our press strategies on these campaigns. He or she will also look to create opportunities to provide technical assistance and support to our partner organizations.

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of relevant experience with communications including developing and placing stories in national and local earned media, building relationships with reporters, and training spokespeople from diverse constituencies. They will have excellent writing and editing skills and be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload.

Primary Responsibilities

The Communications Associate will have responsibility for:

  • Elevating CPD and our partners as a leading national voice for economic, social, and racial justice.
  • Developing and executing press strategies for these campaigns, including short and long term press outreach plans.
  • Writing and distributing press releases, op-eds and letters to the editor and making pitch calls.
  • Developing messaging and talking points for our issue campaigns. 
  • Working with the staff of our community-based and national partners to provide guidance on press strategy and media amplification.
  • Training other staff, partners, and members to be effective media spokespeople.
  • Forming strong working relationships with key reporters and editors, as well as with CPD and CPD partner staff and members.

Job Requirements

  • At least three years’ experience working in journalism or media relations for political campaigns, non-profit organizations or unions.
  • A demonstrated record of securing media placements, including features, op-eds, LTEs, and/or broadcast and radio appearances.
  • Experience building relationships with media.
  • Excellent writing skills. Candidate should be able to write sharp, memorable copy under deadline. 
  • An ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and produce consistently high-quality deliverables in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and an ability to work well with diverse groups and populations.
  • Experience with social media is a plus.
  • Ambition, drive, energy, and the ability to work flexible and long hours when necessary
  • A commitment to social justice and the progressive movement.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and short (1 or 2 page) writing sample through our hiring portal

The cover letter should address the reasons you are interested in this Communications Associate position with the Center for Popular Democracy and how this position relates to your prior experience and future career goals.

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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