The Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) seeks a Communications Director to plan, oversee and execute the Institute’s communications, marketing and outreach strategy and activities. The Communications Development will work closely with the Institute’s senior leadership, policy shop and litigation center to maximize the publicity and earned media of each project.
Qualified candidates must have a passionate commitment to free-market principles and have the skills and experience required to generate maximum media coverage for the Institute and its projects, including running campaigns to create movements that lead to policy changes.
NPRI is a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that promotes policy ideas consistent with the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free markets. Recognized as the leading free-market voice and think tank in Nevada, NPRI’s primary areas of focus are fiscal, labor and education policy with the goal of advancing free-market principles in each. Additionally, NPRI operates the Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation, TransparentNevada.com and Nevada Journal. NPRI has offices in Las Vegas and Reno.
The Communications Director will be based in Las Vegas and must be willing to travel to Reno and rural Nevada when necessary.
- Book TV and radio interviews and place op-eds for NPRI staff
- Secure TV, radio and print news coverage for NPRI’s press conferences, study releases, events and strategic initiatives
- Create new and manage established contacts with media members through building relationships
- Build the quality and integrity of NPRI’s brand and messaging
- Serve as an articulate spokesperson for NPRI and its work as needed
- Copy editing all of NPRI’s publications
- Oversee all of the communications department’s activities
- Managing NPRI’s Twitter, Facebook and other new-media accounts
- Work with NPRI’s leadership team to implement and suggest changes to our strategic communications plan
- Manage and mentor communications team members
An ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
- 4-7+ years of communications/policy experience with a history of earning media coverage and creating innovative ways to turn policy ideas into stories and events that change public opinion
- Ability to translate detailed and dry policy ideas into stories and PR events that earn news coverage
- Exceptional copy editing skills and strong writing ability
- Understanding that communications is not an 8-5 job and willingness to work all hours to secure media coverage or help a media member
- Self-starter and hard worker
- Highly organized
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to prioritize and adjust strategies on an ongoing basis
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Established national or Nevada media contacts are a plus
- Ability to speak Spanish is a plus
- A positive attitude and eagerness to work as an influential member of our team
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Résumé with a focus on a candidate’s measurable accomplishments
- Cover letter detailing:
- Interest in the position, including a passionate commitment to the mission of NPRI
- A compelling case for why the applicant is qualified and would excel in this position
- Salary requirements
- Two writing samples
Materials should be emailed to Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. NPRI is an equal-opportunity employer. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
This position will begin on January 2, 2014.