American Institutes for Research

Communications Specialist

Job Location US-DC-Washington
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United States
Communications/Marketing/Public Relations


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leader in behavioral and social science research and evidence-based technical assistance. A nonprofit established in 1946, AIR applies science to real-world issues on behalf of federal and state agencies, international development agencies, foundations, school districts, private businesses, and other clients. We are seeking a communications professional to work on our AIR-wide communications team developing communications products, initiatives, and events to promote AIR’s work and engage policymakers, the media, and practitioners, and support our mission of conducting and applying the best research to improve people’s lives. This position is based in our headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Georgetown).


• Work closely with the Director of Communications Operations, the Vice President for Communications and others to support and implement our communications strategy and AIR’s mission-driven communications activities.
• Review a steady stream of AIR research, program evaluations, and technical assistance work on education, health, international development, workforce and other social and behavioral issues to identify those of most interest to policymakers, media, and practitioners.
• Conceptualize and develop effective and innovative ways to engage with key audiences through written communications, digital outreach, and events.
• Identify and manage list development for specific targeted audiences.
• Write and edit AIR promotional materials, features, research summaries, online content, and other written communications.
• Interpret client project results for priorities, key messages, and headlines.
• Consult with internal clients to identify appropriate promotional or outreach activities for specific efforts.
• Support digital communications by crafting content appropriate and effective for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.


• Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, education, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
• At least six years of communications experience in a comparable organization or setting.
• Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
• Ability to comprehend technical material and translate for a lay audience.
• Enthusiasm for developing opportunities to inform and convene people around important issues.
• A keen interest in social and behavioral issues and a desire to generate work that contributes to the body of knowledge.
• The ability to work alone and on a team, a strong work ethic, a collegial bent, an ingrained deadline orientation, the ability to multi-task, and a sense of humor are essential.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Familiarity or experience in health, workforce, and/or international development issues.
• An eye for visual design and effectiveness.
• Experience with digital communications tools (media databases and newswire services, content management systems and HTML, analytics, social media platforms, email marketing platforms).



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