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Senior Communications Associate

Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Chief of Staff
FLSA Salary Classification: Full-time Exempt

Position Summary:

The Senior Communications Associate is a mission-driven professional who will manage PRRI’s communications and strategic engagement programs. The role entails working in tandem with the Research and Operations teams to disseminate PRRI’s research findings across targeted traditional earned-media and social-media channels, expand PRRI’s digital footprint, and oversee the organization’s engagement program for external stakeholders. The ideal candidate is a seasoned strategist with at least five years of experience in public relations, media relations, and strategic communications, preferably in the media or nonprofit sectors. The candidate must have a demonstrable track record of national media placements and defined social media execution, leading successful communications teams, and developing annual strategic communications plans. The candidate should also have experience collaborating with and managing an external communications firm. This is a full-time position with a hybrid working format (with two days a week in-office mandatory) and a competitive salary and benefits package.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage a proactive earned- and digital-media strategy with the goal of expanding PRRI’s online presence on legacy and new social-media platforms, in addition to project managing the development of a new website
  • Assist with developing and maintaining PRRI’s overall communications and brand strategy
  • Supervise stakeholder engagement activities, including PRRI’s convening programs such as the PRRI Public Fellows, and public webinars and events
  • Coordinate in-house editorial activities, including copyediting and content distribution, editorial calendars, and print production, while also supporting the Research team’s content-production process
  • Supervise two full-time communications associates and manage external communications consultants

Qualifications:

  • At least five years of full-time experience in public relations, media relations, marketing communications, or strategic communications
  • Prior experience developing and managing strategic communications plans, implementing stakeholder engagement programs, and supervising a team of communications professionals
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or related field
  • Strong creative, strategic, organizational, and leadership abilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including mastery of AP style
  • Experience using content management systems, email marketing platforms, social media, and analytics platforms including Google; familiarity with WordPress and quantitative survey research is preferred but not required

About PRRI:

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), founded in 2009, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.  PRRI research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape.  The organization’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.

Instructions for Applying:

Applications will be accepted until December 9, 2022, or until the position is filled. Applications will only be accepted via Idealist.org.  Please upload a cover letter detailing how your experience fits this opportunity, along with your resume, three professional references, and three to five recent examples of earned media, including placements and opinion pieces in national and trade publications that you secured for your organization or client. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  PRRI offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. No calls or agency inquiries, please.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.


Research Assistant

Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Director of Research
FLSA Salary Classification: Full-time Exempt

Position Summary:

The Research Assistant supports all stages of the research process, including questionnaire design, analysis of survey findings, drafting report content, and publishing research findings. The Research Assistant will also assist with responding to media requests, producing toplines and banners, and number-checking all PRRI products.  The position will provide opportunities to pitch, write, and publish one’s own data analyses in blog posts (“Spotlights”). This role is ideal for a professional new to the field of public opinion with some experience working with data who wants to learn and grow alongside a team of talented research professionals.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with all survey development processes, including designing survey questionnaires
  • Analyze survey data using basic statistical techniques
  • Construct survey toplines and banners
  • Write PRRI research reports and Spotlights
  • Create presentation graphics and materials
  • Conduct number checks for all PRRI products, including survey reports, secondary analyses, and social media products
  • Participate and contribute ideas in research team meetings and brainstorming sessions

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, statistics, or another field with relevance to public opinion and public policy
  • Knowledge of basic statistical concepts related to public opinion work, such as margins of error, the implications of sample size, and significance levels
  • Internship, coursework, or work experience in analyzing and conducting survey research and/or working with large data sets
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to write about data clearly and concisely
  • Interest in politics, policy, and religion, and a curiosity about how these factors affect Americans’ lives
  • Experience with Stata, SPSS, R, or other statistical software is a plus, but not required

About PRRI:

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), founded in 2009, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.  PRRI research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape.  The organization’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.

Instructions for Applying:

Applications will be accepted until December 9, 2022, or until the position is filled. Applications will only be accepted via Idealist.org.  Please upload a cover letter detailing how your experience fits this opportunity, along with your resume and three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  PRRI offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. No calls or agency inquiries, please.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.


Research Intern – Spring 2023

Position: Research Intern
Status and Location: Part-time, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Assistant Director of Research
FLSA Salary Classification: Non-exempt

Position Summary:

PRRI offers research internship opportunities during the Spring 2022 semester to outstanding students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Research interns will aid in all aspects of the research process, including the development of survey questionnaires, data analysis, and the production of research reports. This is a paid internship ($20/hour) and may qualify for course credit, depending on the candidate’s institution.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in all research team projects and activities, including team meetings – you will be a full member of the team!
  • Conduct background research for research reports
  • Assist with survey design and writing survey reports
  • Learn Stata and how to conduct survey data analysis
  • Produce survey deliverables, including toplines, banners, reports, and media requests
  • Number check all deliverables
  • Assist with brainstorming and writing blog posts for PRRI website on topics of interest

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science, religious studies, psychology, journalism, communications, or related field; for undergraduate applicants, students in their junior or senior year preferred
  • Interest in religion, politics, and policy issues
  • Strong communication skills and detail-oriented
  • Ability to learn quickly, work both independently and with a team, and manage time well
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Prior course work or experience working with data is a plus, but not required

Benefits:

  • Paid internship with a professional and friendly research team
  • Learn to read, interpret, and write about survey data and the survey research process
  • Acquire the skills to analyze and apply statistical concepts to survey data
  • Attain a better understanding of the research process — including designing and conducting real-world survey research
  • Gain access to network connections and career mentoring
  • The opportunity to publish your own Spotlight (blog) analyses on PRRI’s website

Internship Dates: 

This is an internship for the spring semester of 2023. Based on mutual agreement, the intern should be able to work 10-25 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Please indicate how many hours you want to work per week in your cover letter. Specific work hours will be determined between the intern and their supervisor at the time of on-boarding. Arrangements for office and/or virtual work will be determined at the time of on-boarding.

Instructions for Applying:

Candidates should submit the following in Word or PDF format to Diana Orcés at dorces@prri.org:

  • Resume with name, contact information, and relevant coursework or experience (maximum 1 page),
  • Cover letter that addresses why you are interested and discusses any relevant coursework or experience (maximum 1 page),
  • Sample of a short (less than 5 pages) paper written by you that demonstrates an aptitude to synthesize a summary report on a particular topic (a paper you have written for a class is welcome), and
  • One letter of reference from a professor at your institution (maximum 1 page).

The deadline to submit applications is November 18, 2022. If you will need course credit or specific arrangements with your institution, please note that in your cover letter.

About PRRI:

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), founded in 2009, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.  PRRI research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape.  The organization’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, other members of under-represented groups, and first-generation college students who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.


 

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