Security Assistance Monitor

The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy focused on enhancing transparency and oversight of an increasingly central U.S. foreign policy tool: U.S. foreign security aid and arms sales. By providing comprehensive U.S. security assistance data and by conducting independent, data-driven research, we seek to inform and elevate the debate among civil society, journalists, scholars, and policy makers in the United States and abroad about the risks and best uses of U.S. security assistance to improve human security.

Job Profile

The Communications Associate will be responsible for assisting in the development and execution of multi-faceted media and public outreach initiatives to increase the visibility and impact of SAM. The principle responsibilities for the Associate include website and social media management and strategy, press outreach efforts, preparing documents for publication and external distribution, assisting in marketing and fundraising, and providing administrative support as needed. The Associate position reports to the Director of SAM.

Key Duties

Website and Social Media (50%)

  • Develop strategies and posts to expand SAM’s presence on social media and to increase traffic to the SAM website
  • Use knowledge of current events to connect the work of SAM to timely or trending topics on social media;
  • Conceptualize and create content and data visualizations for the SAM website and social media posts;
  • Provide edits for blog posts;
  • Assist with website design;

Communications Support (35%)

  • Contribute to and implement strategies to engage with the media and other key stakeholders to elevate the work, impact, and brand of SAM;
  • Field requests from the media and assist in pitching story ideas to reporters, editors, and producers;
  • Draft press advisories and releases and other materials used for public dissemination;
  • Maintain and update media contact list;
  • Research and recommend ways to increase SAM audiences;
  • Oversee and produce content for SAM’s weekly newsletter;

Marketing, Event, and Fundraising Support (15%)

  • Develop ads to promote SAM’s data platform;
  • Assist in the preparation and execution of SAM public briefings and roundtables;
  • Supervise an Intern;
  • Assist in the drafting of grant proposals and reports; and,
  • Provide other administrative support as necessary.

Experience, Skills, and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, international relations or related field, master’s degree preferred;
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience, preferably in a communications or media relations role;
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and effectively communicate U.S. foreign policy issues in a rigorous and timely fashion;
  • Strong initiative and follow-through and the capacity to think creatively and strategically; Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Knowledge other foreign languages such as Arabic, French, and Spanish is a plus;
  • Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team;
  • Familiarity with social media tools, blogging, and content management systems such as WordPress or Drupal;
  • Experience with database management systems and Adobe products is a plus.

Applications Instructions

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Colby Goodman, Director of the Security Assistance Monitor, at with the position in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted as soon as possible. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

The Communications Associate will be an employee of the Center for International Policy. The Center for International Policy is an equal opportunity employer. Women, veterans, people of color, persons with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.