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Senior Communications Associate

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Please attach a writing sample with your application that best showcases your writing, editing, and formatting skills. Attach this document in the section labeled "Documents Needed to Apply".

Posting Details


Job Description Summary:

The GW Regulatory Studies Center’s mission is to improve regulatory policy by raising awareness of regulations’ effects through research, education, and outreach. In collaboration with a network of scholars, we provide objective, high quality yet accessible academic research and programs on regulatory policy, analysis and process.

The Senior Communications Associate will oversee communications and strategic outreach for the Regulatory Studies Center. This position will develop and implement outreach and communications activities under the supervision of the Center’s Director, and work closely with the Center’s research team and GW media relations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communicating the Center’s research to key audiences via various outlets, organizing and executing large outreach and donor events (often involving internationally recognized guests), and managing relationships with the Center’s network of scholars and practitioners.
  • Identifying outlets to publicize the Center’s research and events, including electronic platforms and social media, writing flawless summaries of nuanced regulatory research, performing relevant outreach activities to spread the reach of the Center’s research projects, and managing seasonal interns and/or graduate students in communications roles.
  • Growing the reach of the Center’s research output, cultivate a network of interested supporters, exercise judgment on outreach strategies, and effectively communicate the purposes of the Center’s research.
  • Composing, editing, and formating communications related to all Center research, scholar testimonies and speaking engagements, media citations and event participation.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to convey complex information in clear, compelling ways, experience maintaining dynamic website content and communicating through social media, experience providing creative and collaborative leadership and content development for marketing and publication projects, excellent technical editing skills, including the ability to edit a variety of material for clarity, logical organization, and stylistic consistency, and the ability to identify new opportunities in support of comprehensive and consistent brand strategy.
  • A minimum of four-year degree in journalism, public affairs, communications or a related field and at least two years of professional experience (or advanced education/professional experience combination).


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)
Family Comm, Mktg & Media
Sub-Family Communications and Public Relations
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 2
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, daytime hours
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Telework: Yes
Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a writing sample with your application that best showcases your writing, editing, and formatting skills. Attach this document in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”.

Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: S006825
Job Open Date: 11/16/2017
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * In the section labeled "Documents Needed to Apply", please attach a writing sample that best showcases your writing, editing, and formatting skills.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * The mission of the GW Regulatory Studies Center is “to improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach.” In fewer than 200 words, please explain why you are interested in furthering the mission of the Regulatory Studies Center.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe how your previous experience in communications and outreach prepares you for this role and provide an example of when you successfully communicated a complex policy issue.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Documents Refer to Special Instructions to Applicants
Optional Documents