Media Relations Associate - Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Organization Information

Founded in 1985, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy was established to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East. Under the guidance of a distinguished and bipartisan Board of Advisors, the Institute seeks to bring scholarship to bear on the making of U.S. policy in this vital region of the world. Drawing on the research of its scholars and the experience of policy practitioners, the Institute promotes an American engagement in the Middle East committed to strengthening alliances, nurturing friendships, and promoting security, peace, prosperity, and democracy for the people of the region.

Location - Washington, D.C. 

Job Description

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, one of the world’s leading research organizations devoted to the Middle East, is seeking a Media Relations Associate to manage our successful outreach program to the news media. The Institute was quoted over 5,000 times in 2014 by top news outlets around the globe. Whether responding to requests or promoting Institute experts, the Media Relations Associate is responsible for ensuring a smooth and effective working relationship with the media. This position is based in our downtown DC Office.

Job Responsibilities

The Media Relations Associate sets up media appearances at the Institute office and in external studios, drafts press releases, maintains a database of media contacts, monitors citations, and updates the press section of the Institute website. The Media Relations Associate must stay abreast of developments in the Middle East and the news media. Working under the Director of Communications, the Media Relations Associate joins a team of professionals devoted to advancing the Institute’s mission through current and emerging technologies.

Job Qualifications

The Institute is seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion for public affairs and the news media who can juggle the demands of a busy media-relations operation with professionalism. Candidates should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. 

  • Previous experience working with the media.

  • Ability to write and speak clearly.

  • Familiarity with Middle East issues is a plus. 

Full-time employees are offered a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuting benefits, flexible spending accounts, ample paid time off, and retirement savings program.

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Deadline - N/A

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