Assistant Director, Government and Media Relations

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an Assistant Director, Government and Media Relations to lead the institution’s engagement with the U.S. Congress and the media. S/he will support the Director of the Washington, D.C., office’s overall outreach efforts and will work closely with NBR’s executive team. A successful applicant must have experience in the workings of Capitol Hill and/or the media; a desire to connect policy resources with the legislative agendas of Members of Congress and their staffs; and an understanding of media relations.



• Develop and implement NBR’s government and media relations strategies in coordination with research group leaders and NBR’s executive team that integrates congressional needs and perspectives into NBR’s programs and enhances NBR’s reputation for nonpartisanship, quality, and integrity; track and measure the effectiveness of the efforts surrounding these priorities.
• Work with NBR’s online outreach, project, and publications teams to integrate media and government outreach into NBR’s research activities and online presence.
• Represent NBR before a range of audiences.
• Participate in and support other NBR activities as needed, particularly those of the D.C. office.

Government Relations Responsibilities

• Lead NBR’s outreach on Capitol Hill and all related initiatives, including conferences, staff delegations, and briefings.
• Grow and deepen productive relationships with Congressional Members, staff, committees, and caucuses, helping NBR provide the resources to the parts of Congress working on Asia policy issues; maintain and grow contact lists of key Capitol Hill connections.
• Manage the congressional outreach budget and build financial support for congressional outreach activities.
• Initiate and coordinate Congress-oriented publications and research.

Media Relations Responsibilities

• Manage media relations, including identifying press opportunities, drafting press releases, soliciting op-eds, and cultivating relationships with the press; maintain and grow contact lists of key national and international press outlets and publications.
• Secure media coverage for NBR events and publications.
• Work effectively with the organization’s senior leadership and experts in responding to media.


The Assistant Director must have excellent relationship management skills to capably represent NBR and to integrate a wide range of stakeholders’ needs and perspectives into NBR activities. S/he must possess exceptional communication and organization skills, as well as excellent attention to detail and must have:

• BA, BS in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field (advanced degree a plus).
• 5+ years of direct, hands-on experience working on or with Capitol Hill, working in the field of government and media relations, communications, or related field.
• Demonstrated success in learning the details of an organization’s substantive work and applying that knowledge to communicating the organization’s activities, achievements, and mission to the government and media.
• Ability to work in a nonpartisan environment with Members of Congress and staff from both parties.
• Ability to engage a wide range of constituencies and build long-term relationships.
• Excellent writing, editing, proofreading skills and speaking ability.
• Experience in media management (both traditional and social media).
• Ability to occasionally work outside of normal business hours and to travel.
• Fundraising experience and track record of success preferred.

Application Process

To apply, submit the following to NBR:

• Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
• Resume
• Application Form:
• Writing sample/portfolio (e.g., press release)
• Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Vice President of Human Resources, The deadline for applications is Sunday, May 15, 2016; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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