Communications Assistant

Communications Assistant

Thirteen years ago the Pulitzer Center opened its doors, a one-person shop with a donated desk, modest seed funding, and high ambitions: to fill gaps in reporting and inspire a new generation of journalists to cover the big global issues that affect us all.

We’ve come a long way—building a talented team, supporting hundreds of journalists, forging partnerships with strong news-media organizations and with educational institutions across the globe.

We’re looking for someone with strong writing and editing skills, a passion for media and international affairs, and experience producing digital and print publications to join our team as Communications Assistant. The position will work closely with our Communications Director to help promote the Pulitzer Center’s journalism and education work to audiences around the world. 

This is a unique opportunity to work on exciting and impactful communications initiatives such as the Pulitzer Center’s 1619 Project education partnership with The New York Times, our “Bringing Stories Home” local journalism initiative, and our “Connected Coastlines” climate journalism initiative.  

We believe public-interest journalism is a public good. We invite you to help us guarantee that we can continue to advance a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the world around us – helping inform the public, policy-makers, and the next generation, on the defining challenges of our time.

For more information about the Pulitzer Center, visit


  • Writing and editing: Draft and edit communications copy such as press releases, award announcements, social media posts, and event emails; assist in reviewing internal and external content to post on the website
  • Desktop publishing: Produce flyers, postcards, brochures, one-sheets, display advertisements, and other print communications materials
  • Email marketing: Build email newsletters for campaigns and initiatives; oversee intern production of weekly newsletter
  • Social media: Manage Pulitzer Center alumni Facebook group; assist in managing Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds; assist in responding to inquiries made via social media
  • Media outreach: Build targeted media lists for pitching to media outlets; respond to initial email inquiries from the media and the general public; assist in pitching Pulitzer Center initiatives to journalists 
  • Events: Assist in promoting Pulitzer Center events through a variety of communications channels; assist in the logistics and management of Pulitzer Center events, including our Talks@Pulitzer series, film festival screenings, and annual conference
  • Conferences: Represent the Pulitzer Center at conferences and meetings held by journalism and education organizations
  • Impact and analytics: Working with Grants and Impact Manager, create regular reports on web, email, and social media engagement, event attendance, and media hits
  • Administrative: Provide administrative support to the communications team

The ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 1 - 2 years communications experience working at a media organization, nonprofit, think tank, or related organization in either an internship or full-time capacity
  • Strong writing and editing skills, familiarity with AP style preferred
  • Experience using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop in the creation of print and digital publications 
  • Experience using Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or similar email marketing tool
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Some professional social media experience
  • The ability to work independently, as well as the flexibility and creativity to work collaboratively as a part of a small and lean team under tight deadlines
  • Passion for news and international affairs; genuine curiosity about the broader world outside the borders of the United States


Please e-mail your application to [email protected] and include “Communications Assistant” in the e-mail subject line.

DEADLINE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after September 10, 2019.

Applications should include:

  • a detailed CV
  • a written statement of interest (no more than 500 words) linking your passions and experience to this opportunity and how you think that experience can help advance the Pulitzer Center’s mission 
  • names and contact info for three references
  • three to five samples of your work including at least one written piece and at least one sample of print materials you have produced

The Pulitzer Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us, whether in terms of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical challenge, or marital or family status, are (i) understood, respected and appreciated, (ii) recognized as a source of strength and (iii) valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work.

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Compensation for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Salary range: $35,000-$45,000

In addition, the Pulitzer Center offers a comprehensive benefits package.



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