Press and Public Relations Manager

  • US
  • Washington DC, United States

Press and Public Relations Manager

Job description

ISD has a track record of producing high-quality research which influences both discourse and policy agendas. We employ a range of media-trained subject matter experts who are able to speak to our issue areas across media and in multiple public fora. We are highly successful in securing high-profile coverage of our work, and speaking opportunities for our team, often in top-tier media outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, the BBC, and the Wall Street Journal.

We are seeking an experienced Press and Public Relations Manager who will ensure that our work receives the coverage needed to impact public debate on these issues. The post holder will be driven and proactive, and have significant experience in media, PR, communications or public affairs. Reporting to the global Head of Communications & Editorial, they will manage efforts to increase ISD’s brand recognition and reach, and expand our networks of media contacts and secure top-tier media coverage.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in our issue areas, and will need to quickly grasp and successfully market our work and expertise. They will be willing to turn their hand to a variety of products and workflows as necessary, ranging from press releases, to social media content, to networking, to copywriting and editing. The ideal candidate would be based in Washington DC/ East Coast US, but with proven connections to and understanding of the UK/ European media environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage ISD’s proactive media outreach, ensuring that our work reaches and impacts target audiences, and assist in coordinating response to reactive media opportunities.
  • Cultivate ISD’s network of media contacts, including local, regional, national and international reporters and correspondents, and create ongoing interest in ISD’s suite of products and experts.
  • Communicate ISD’s work with segmented target audiences through a range of channels, in order to increase impact in accordance with ISD’s US and global strategies.
  • Proactively seek out opportunities to increase public awareness of ISD, including through the production of marketing materials, placing of op-eds, finding panel and speaking opportunities for ISD experts, and social media content.
  • Work with the communications and programmatic teams to curate and expand upon ISD’s existing range of public outputs, soliciting high-quality work that will have a substantial impact.
  • Assist in designing, developing and delivering new and existing products across ISD’s channels, including long- and short-form text and audiovisual content.

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Job requirements

Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in at least one of extremism, hate, disinformation, election, tech or political violence landscapes.
  • Significant experience in media, PR, communications or public affairs.
  • Demonstrable ability to identify and pitch stories to top-tier outlets.
  • Experience in building brands, including managing communications channels.
  • Experience managing or creating content for social media accounts.
  • Demonstrable copywriting and editing skill.
  • Exceptional analytical and critical skills, strong attention to detail.

Please submit your application by Monday 6th February 2023 including your CV/resume and a one-page cover letter outlining your experience and motivation. ISD reserves the right to interview and appoint candidates prior to the advertised closing date.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy or want to speak to a member of our recruitment team, please contact

We endeavour to recruit a range of candidates into ISD, to strengthen our team and contribute to our inclusive organizational culture. We particularly welcome applications from candidates currently underrepresented across ISD. We try to make our recruitment as accessible as possible, but please let us know if you have any access requirements that you would like us to be aware of during this process.

ISD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.