Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Associate Director of Communications


The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a highly motivated, experienced communications professional who understands how the media works, in particular the broadcast media, to join a fast-paced team and is familiar with and committed to furthering FDD's work.


This position is part of FDD's communications team that reports to the Director of Communications.


Position responsibilities include:

  • Creating and executing short- and long-term communications strategies and tactical plans.
  • Working with other Communications team members and the Communications Interns, supervising various projects and tasks.
  • Creating and implementing daily outreach strategies to promote FDD research and researchers to print, television network, cable news, and radio reporters, bookers, and editors.
  • Independently managing all elements of media interviews.
  • Cultivating and strengthening relationships with journalists.
  • Training and preparing FDD experts for broadcast, print and digital interviews.
  • Overseeing reporting weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual media metrics.
  • Supporting projects and initiatives of the communications department.

Qualifications include:

  • A. degree in communications, journalism, political science, or related fields.
  • Strong interest and background in U.S. foreign policy and current affairs
  • At least four years of experience pitching television and radio producers, bookers, and assignment editors, particularly in the Washington, D.C. press corps.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Digital communications experience
  • High attention to detail and strong organization skills, including timeliness and accuracy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Track record of communicating effectively with internal and external contacts at all levels.
  • Track record working on tight deadlines and with the news cycle as required.
  • Knowledge of WordPress helpful but not required.
  • Ability to have a flexible schedule determined by the news cycle, including some weekend and evening work, as needed.

Interested and qualified applicants should apply here.

Cover letter must include specific experience you have on issues and areas of expertise reflected on FDD's website.

Writing samples, including news releases and other media pitching examples, that are relevant to FDD's work appreciated.



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