Policy Communications Analyst, Center for Security and Emerging Technology - Georgetown University

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Policy Communications Analyst, Center for Security and Emerging Technology - Georgetown University

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


In order to more effectively tailor our written products and presentations for our target audience of US legislative and executive branch policy-makers, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) is seeking applications for (1) Policy Communications Analyst position.

CSET is a research organization that studies the security impacts of emerging technologies, supports academic work in security and technology studies, and delivers nonpartisan analysis to technologists and policymakers via clear, cogent policy and issue briefs. Our research currently focuses on artificial intelligence, advanced computing, and biotechnology.

The Policy Communications Analyst will report to CSET's Director of Analysis and work to improve written and visual products by advising researchers on report clarity, narrative flow, cogency, presentation effectiveness and parsimony. This role is not focused on public or media relations or events.

In addition, the Policy Communications Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with researchers throughout the 3-12 month research and production lifecycles to assist in developing and improving the narrative structure of products and identifying creative ways to tailor analytic reports to target audiences.
  • Providing one-on-one guidance on improving individual reports to ensure readability and comprehensibility for policy-makers and other target audiences.
  • Identifying innovative ways to present both graphical and written information.
  • Tailoring reports and other written products for individual audiences with varying degrees of technical savvy (e.g., Legislators, Executive Branch appointees, civil servants, academic researchers) to ensure they are connected to real world policy challenges.
  • Co-authoring quick-turn policy memos and op-eds in coordination with lead researchers.
  • Coaching authors on effective policy analysis writing generally.

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field, including Journalism, Science Writing, English, Rhetoric, Communications, History or a Bachelor's degree plus 5-7 years of experience in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Ability to carry out assigned tasks on deadline and with limited need for supervision
  • Excellent multi-tasking, project prioritization, and time management skills
  • Advanced Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, and self-driven
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly on a wide variety of topics

Preferred Qualifications
  • MA/MS or graduate coursework in relevant field like Journalism or Public Policy
  • Proficiency with data visualization and document layout in Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator and/or InDesign
  • Prior work experience in government or journalism communicating to policymakers


A complete application must include the following:

1. Resume/CV

2. Cover Letter that addresses the following questions:
  • Why are you applying to this position?
  • What academic or professional experience qualifies you for this position?

3. Writing Sample: Please provide a self-selected writing sample of at least two pages (e.g., class paper, prior project work, etc.) that you feel best demonstrates your policy writing acumen.

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at https://benefits.georgetown.edu or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

To apply, visit https://georgetown.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Georgetown_Admin_Careers/job/Main-Campus/Policy-Communications-Analyst--Center-for-Security-and-Emerging-Technology---Georgetown-University_JR10146

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Job No:
Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 6/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time