About The 1889 Institute:
The 1889 Institute is a nonprofit, Oklahoma-based state policy think tank. We analyze and develop public policies for the State of Oklahoma based on principles of limited and responsible government, free enterprise and a robust civil society. We disseminate analyses and recommendations to policymakers and the general public, using sound research to better inform policy debates. The Institute does not lobby or have members. Our work addresses many aspects of education policy, institutions that impact free enterprise, fiscal policy, and health care policy.
See our website: 1889institute.org. We believe the quality of our ideas and content to be second to none, but this is accidentally a well-kept secret. The successful candidate’s primary mission is to reverse this fact at every opportunity. This position is based in Oklahoma City and remote work is not a possibility.
Communications Director Responsibilities:
The Communications Director will be the individual primarily responsible for getting the word out about the 1889 Institute’s work to Oklahoma lawmakers, the press (state and national), the State Policy Network, and the general public. Specific responsibilities include:
- Developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan for the Institute
- Distributing (and writing) press releases, emails, and social media posts concerned with our research content
- Interacting with media, lawmakers, and advocacy groups to inform them of Institute research
- Arranging speaking and media engagements for our researchers
- Managing our website, keeping it up-to-date
- Developing and implementing a system to monitor and measure communications efforts
- Developing, implementing, and maintaining an appropriate social media strategy
- Getting content placed in state and national online and print media outlets
- Working with Institute researchers in developing timely news feature stories in areas of the Institute’s interest
- Other responsibilities as needed and able in a small, flatly-organized, collegial organization
- Occasional in-state travel (5%) is necessary and mileage is compensated
Communications Director Qualifications:
It is vitally important that the successful candidate be aligned with 1889 Institute’s mission as reflected by content on the Institute’s website “Home” and “About” pages. Needed qualifications include:
- Knowledge of issues we address
- Ability to work at a high professional level without constant supervision
- Effectiveness is more important than experience but at least 3 years of experience in communications is preferred
- Demonstrated ability to connect with journalists/editors in established media
- National media connections would be tremendously advantageous
- Experience in managing social media efforts across a variety of social media platforms
- Determined commitment to communicating Institute content to the widest possible audience
- Flexibility and willingness to learn new skills if needed
- Excellent written and oral communications skills
- Experience with website editing; knowledge of Divi and WordPress a plus
- Experience in in-depth reporting a definite plus but its lack is not disqualifying
In addition to a salary commensurate with experience, a health insurance plan is provided.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:
- Cover Letter detailing your interest in 1889 Institute’s mission, the Communications Director position, and your salary requirements
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.