The Jain Family Institute (JFI) is seeking a fellow to join its editorial team. The PR & Policy Communications fellow will work collaboratively with JFI’s editorial and strategy staff on a wide array of materials related principally to a new guaranteed income initiative.
You are a good fit for this position if you love to write and edit and feel comfortable working on fast-paced projects with a variety of collaborators and stakeholders. An interest in effective, adaptive communications will energize this role. A deep interest in policy and economic justice is also crucial: the project with which you will be assisting is one of the most ambitious guaranteed income pilots in the country, aimed towards reducing poverty and strengthening the social safety net for populations in need. This initiative within JFI’s larger guaranteed income project is rapidly growing, and a self-starting, curious, and resourceful approach is crucial.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should apply by sending the following application materials to [email protected] in one pdf file:
- Resume with contact information
- Letter of interest describing your interest in and fit for the role
- Sample Policy Brief or other related writing sample (3-5 pages)
Submit these materials at your earliest convenience. We have a priority deadline of October 5th but will be considering applications on a rolling basis and as needed thereafter.
Please contact Maurice Asare, Operations Associate at
[email protected] with any questions regarding the position.
Time commitment: You will be expected to work approximately 20 hours per week. However, given the ambitious timelines of the projects on which you will assist, you may be asked to work longer hours on occasion. If so, JFI will compensate you at an equivalent hourly rate.
Confidentiality: As needed
Tasks: The fellow will be focused on leveraging JFI and partner research to prepare reports, fact sheets, presentations, and talking points for use by partners in municipal government, advocacy, academia, philanthropy, and journalism. The fellow will also contribute to communications by researching and contacting journalists, updating the project’s website, and creating assets for social media. You will be part of every aspect of internal and external communication about the project, from its public announcement, to agendas and minutes for its advisory council, to tailored fundraising documents, to information sheets that translate its research evaluation for general audiences and advocacy groups. You will work primarily with JFI’s Public Relations lead and COO, as well as JFI’s Editorial Director, guaranteed income team, and external partners.
Skills And Qualifications
- Ability to write quickly in a variety of styles (i.e., policy summary, website copy, journalist outreach email, etc.)
- Ability to fulfill deadlines independently and in a timely manner
- Ability to confidently and accurately conduct research on safety net and municipal policies, economic inequality, and racial injustice
- Facility editing and fact-checking
- Experience with Keynote, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, Google Slides — our partners work in a variety of formats and you will be using all of them
- Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
- Experience with fundamentals of graphic design (for infographics, social media assets, etc.)
- Previous experience working in policy, municipal government, political campaigns, or communications
- A stipend of $15,000, paid in semi-monthly installments of $1,250 for six months with renewal based on performance
- Opportunities to meet with leading scholars, policy experts, and national leaders in advocacy on economic justice
- The position will be remote at least until the end of the year, though there may be opportunities, if so desired, to work from our Manhattan office on occasion. However, you will need to be present and online during your set working hours, and as needed for research meetings and presentations. Our typical hours are 10am – 6pm EST.
JFI is an applied research organization in the social sciences. We work to bring just and equitable research and policy from conception in theory to implementation in society. Our current initiatives include applied research in higher education finance, guaranteed income, and digital ethics.
JFI is firmly committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). We believe that the quality of our work and research is immensely strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, and more. We actively seek and welcome applicants who identify as BIPOC, women, members of the LGBTQIA community, persons with disabilities, and people at the intersections and peripheries of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods. For details about our staff and current projects, see http://www.jainfamilyinstitute.org