Director, Strategic Communications and Media
Reports To: CEO
Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt
Location: New York, NY or Washington, D.C.
preferred (New York staff are currently working in person one to
three days per week; Washington, D.C. staff work remotely five days
Israel Policy Forum is an educational and policy organization
working to shape the discourse and mobilize support among American
Jewish leaders and U.S. policymakers for the realization of a
viable two-state outcome consistent with Israel's security. We do
this by educating political and communal leaders on pragmatic
policy ideas to improve Israel’s security while maintaining
conditions for an eventual two-state outcome, and by building
consensus in the policy and Jewish communities for these visions
and goals. We envision a secure, Jewish, and democratic Israel and
support a strong and enduring U.S.-Israel relationship.
Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Strategic
Communications and Media Relations (DSC)
will lead efforts to raise the visibility and profile of Israel
Policy Forum, its mission, research and analysis, young
professional and community education programs, and leadership in
traditional and new media platforms. Working in close partnership
with the Director of Content and Marketing, and with support from
other members of the communications department, the DSC will
develop and implement strategies to elevate awareness of Israel
Policy Forum, its policy experts, key staff and lay leaders,
resources, and programs among journalists and other target
audiences within the policy and Jewish communities.
- Envision and implement a strategic communications and media
strategy to elevate coverage of the organization and its work by
building relationships with members of the press and key media
influencers to elevate the impact and profile of IPF’s
organizational research, analysis, programs, and
- Develop external messaging and promote compelling narratives
about Israel Policy Forum, its work, and spokespeople that build on
Israel Policy Forum’s reputation as thoughtful, influential, and
- Media relations
- Generate media coverage of Israel Policy Forum via op-eds in
news outlets and quotes by Israel Policy Forum representatives in
- Build deep and trusting relationships with key reporters,
editors, and bookers covering core organizational issues and
broaden the scope of journalists engaged with IPF’s work across
print, digital, television, radio, and other media.
- Respond to media inquiries, compile press kits, and promote IPF
events among journalists.
- Track media mentions and coverage and evaluate
effectiveness of campaigns.
- Craft timely, effective content promoting the organization’s
messages, such as statements and op-eds in response to news
developments and regarding organizational programs and
- Prepare social media posts on behalf of the organization and
its key spokespeople (in collaboration with the Senior Policy and
- Serve as a cross-functional partner to IPF
Work with all staff, including
members of a geographically distributed team, to ensure consistent
messaging and that key initiatives are promoted in a consistent,
timely, and impactful manner.
In particular, work closely with the
Director of Content and Marketing, who is responsible for the
creation and distribution of cross-platform policy and
organizational video content; production of all print and digital
communications; overseeing the maintenance and improvement of IPF’s
website; and preparation and distribution of all weekly email
campaigns and newsletters, quarterly donor communications, and
other publications as they develop.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
A minimum of five years of relevant
communications experience with progressive responsibility, such as
experience in public relations, strategic communications, writing
and placing op-eds, quotes, background briefings, etc.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
preferred or equivalent work experience.
Demonstrated success in expanding
media exposure and effectively pitching and placing items of
interest leading to furthering an organization’s
Fluency with social media
Excellent judgment and
decision-making abilities, and ability to maintain a high level of
calm and professionalism.
Strong written and verbal
communication skills, with the ability to edit, proofread, and
ensure the accuracy of finished work products.
Outstanding time management skills
with an ability to be responsive to revisions and meet
Demonstrated ability to execute
short-term, deadline-driven daily tasks, as well as to manage
multiple long-term projects requiring input from and collaboration
Ability to take initiative, be
resourceful, and exhibit a problem-solving mindset, and a desire to
learn new skills.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced,
entrepreneurial environment with a variety of cross-functional
departments and build and maintain relationships.
Substantive knowledge of Israel and
the Middle East and current events, and familiarity with the
institutional Jewish community and U.S.-Israel
Commitment to Israel Policy Forum’s
mission and the vision of a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The annual salary range is $95,000 - $125,000 commensurate with
experience. Israel Policy Forum offers a comprehensive benefits
package, including paid time off (vacation, sick leave, Jewish and
secular holidays), medical, dental, vision, matching 401K, HRA,
FSA, commuter benefits, 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave, and
an annual professional development stipend.
Israel Policy Forum is based in New York, NY. New York staff are
currently working in person one to three days per week. Washington,
D.C. staff work remotely five days per week.
Israel Policy Forum employees must be vaccinated against
COVID-19, with consideration given for medical and religious
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 writing samples to
email@example.com with “Director, Strategic Communications and
Media Relations” in the subject line. The position will be open
until filled, and candidates invited for an interview will be
contacted on a rolling basis. Only candidates invited to interview
will be contacted.
Israel Policy Forum is an equal opportunity employer. We
consider applications for all positions without regard to race,
color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally
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groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.
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