Current Openings:

Communications Manager/Director

New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

The Century Foundation (TCF), an independent progressive public policy think tank, seeks an energetic and passionate Communications Manager or Communications Director to help boost the impact of our research nationwide. Serving as TCF’s chief press secretary and media pitcher, the Communications Manager/Director will increase media attention for TCF’s research and experts, elevate TCF’s reputation, and help coordinate national communications efforts.

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the Manager/Director will proactively pitch TCF’s research and experts to reporters and thought leaders, spearhead congressional outreach, help manage TCF’s social media presence and, at Director level, supervise TCF’s Media and Events Coordinator.

This position is based in TCF’s New York office, however for the right candidate, we would consider relocating this function to D.C. In either case, the ideal candidate will have an established network of reporters, producers, opinion leaders, advocates, and congressional staff in the nation’s capital.

Requirements:

  • At least 4 years (Manager) or 6 years (Director) experience working as a press secretary, or similar, on issues related to public policy
  • Demonstrated ability to secure print, radio, and TV coverage on issues related to TCF’s issue areas
  • A robust network of national media contacts, including D.C.-based reporters and producers
  • Contacts on Capitol Hill and experience working in a legislative environment to push for policy change
  • Expertise in one or more of TCF’s policy areas such as education, labor relations, income inequality, health care, foreign policy, or surveillance and privacy
  • Expertise in social media and digital strategy
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • A commitment to TCF’s values and ideals

Duties:

  • Proactively pitch stories to national reporters and outlets and secure high profile coverage of TCF’s work
  • Prep experts for media appearances and help to hone TCF’s message across policy areas
  • Write press releases, opinion pieces, emails, and communications strategy documents
  • Coordinate outreach to congressional staff and liaise with stakeholders on TCF research, briefings, and events
  • Work as part of a team to advance long-term policy objectives in a competitive environment
  • Help manage TCF’s social media platforms, with a focus on Twitter strategy and growth
  • Work with TCF’s digital and production team on new and innovative approaches to drive media coverage
  • Serve as a mentor and coach to TCF staff and experts who interact with the media
  • Promote TCF’s work to thought leaders in Washington, D.C.

The Communications Manager/Director should be comfortable providing high level advice to senior staff and experts, but also willing to jump in to get the job done.

About TCF

The Century Foundation is a progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF is based in New York, with a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.

Apply Now

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to [email protected] This position will be advertised until the role is filled.
The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.


Economic Policy Associate, May 2017

New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

The Century Foundation (TCF), a progressive New York–based think tank, is seeking an Economic Policy Associate to do research and publish reports that promote economic security, expanding opportunity, and shared prosperity. The Associate will report to the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, which seeks to reinvigorate the conversation and promote policy prescriptions that fulfill the crucial and positive role of government in the economy and on people’s lives. The Rediscovering Government Institute (RGI) is currently focusing on developing a pro-active agenda to create a high wage economy for all. The Associate will also join the labor policy practice, reporting to a senior fellow working to remake the nation’s social contract to accommodate a changing future of work.

The Economic Policy Associate will collaborate on numerous projects, provide research assistance, and author publications. In addition, the Associate will play a key coordinating role for the high wage economy project. This will involve conceptualizing and organizing events to promote The Century Foundation’s research and create constituencies for change, as well as coordinating the work of outside researchers.

The position is based in either TCF’s New York or Washington, D.C. office.

Qualifications:

  • Policy or research experience in reducing economic inequality and promoting labor rights
  • A keen understanding of economic policy and how to apply research methods to critical questions
  • Demonstrated aptitude in quantitative data analysis
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including for both expert and popular audiences
  • Strong coordination and organizing abilities, as well as attention to detail
  • A relentless passion for policy change, public service, and improving economic security, opportunity and mobility.
  • 2–3 years+ experience (preferably in workforce policy, labor organizing, poverty, or infrastructure/transportation)
  • A bachelor’s degree required; a graduate degree is a plus

Responsibilities:

  • Produce original analysis of data including graphs, charts, tables that help inform policy discussions and make complicated issues more compelling
  • Author and contribute to research papers
  • Coordinate and conceptualize the work of outside authors on projects
  • Engage relevant stakeholders in developing and promoting policy reforms
  • Organize conferences and events for the RGI initiative.
  • Assess, describe, explain, and provide commentary pieces about current debates and data
  • Analyze the effects on income inequality of proposed or enacted policies

About TCF:

The Century Foundation is a progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF is based in New York, with a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.

Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to [email protected], with your name and “Economics Policy Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities