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Digital Media Specialist

The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country, seeks an energetic, creative digital media specialist to support our communications team and enhance R Street’s social-media visibility. This position will report to the editor-in-chief.

Ideal candidates will be curious, energetic and proficient in using the major social networks. He or she should have at least a basic understanding of the public-policy landscape at both the federal level and in the states. Candidates also should have proven work experience in social-media marketing, ideally with a policy-oriented organization, on Capitol Hill or for a public relations or media company.

The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will serve an important function in expanding R Street’s reach and influence, growing traffic for R Street websites and amplifying the institute’s voice in the digital conversation.

Responsibilities

  • Building R Street’s social-media strategy through competitive research and benchmarking, working with R Street staff and scholars to identify target audiences and determining the best platforms and methods to carry R Street’s message.
  • Generating daily social media content—which may take the form of text, images or video—to promote R Street publications, coalitions and events, and to engage in the broader public-policy discussion.
  • Managing email communications with R Street allies and supporters, keeping them abreast of major developments and inviting them to attend R Street events.
  • Tracking and analyzing traffic to R Street websites and working with the communications team and outside contractors to optimize performance.
  • Assisting the communications team in tracking and posting R Street media mentions.
  • Assisting the outreach team in collecting and posting coalition letters to which R Street is a party.

Requirements

  • One to three years’ experience in marketing or communications, ideally in a policy-oriented office or organization.
  • Mastery of Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms, as well as familiarity with Google Analytics and other major tracking and benchmarking tools.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, liberal arts or related field.
  • Familiarity with federal and state policymaking environment.
  • Web design, web development, graphics and video-editing skills are a plus.
  • Familiarity with the WordPress website environment is also a plus.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team. We look for people who fit in well with our corporate culture and work style; if you feel you are the most productive person in your firm or office, you will probably fit in here.

While there is no ideological or political litmus test for this position or need to agree with everything that anyone at R Street has ever written, we do ask that candidates be familiar with and comfortable serving as an advocate for R Street’s policy positions as an organization fundamentally on the political right. In particular, we need someone who is capable of sharing our messages with people who support free markets and limited government.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide health insurance entirely paid by the employer (even for families); an employer-funded HRA; wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until March 10, 2017. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for a telephone interview which is done on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our Washington office in mid-March. Please be advised that the schedule is subject to change. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF along, with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. Either the cover letter or the resume should include specific references to your prior work with social media, including links to accounts and pages that you manage today or have managed in the recent past. The email address for applications is digitalmediacandidates@rstreet.org.


Federal Energy Policy Manager

 The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country—is seeking an energy policy manager to spearhead our work with federal partners and on Capitol Hill. This position will report to the director of energy policy.

Ideal candidates will be interested in and able to support the breadth of work we do at R Street, including work to reform regulatory authority at the Environmental Protection Agency; eliminate energy-production subsidies; improve energy research and innovation programs; promote competitive energy markets; and clarify leasing and permitting processes. This role will help R Street develop creative, conservative approaches to federal energy and environmental policy and build a library of work in support of that effort.

Responsibilities

  • Advise the director of energy policy in developing federal energy and environmental policy priorities
  • Write op-eds, blog posts and white papers
  • Speak and/or testify before government agencies and legislative bodies
  • Manage relationships with a diverse group of partnerships, coalitions, federal agencies and relevant congressional committees
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including tracking, monitoring and reporting on work

Requirements

  • Master’s or professional degree preferred
  • Four or more years of experience in energy policy
  • Familiarity with the Washington policymaking environment
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have worked directly with legislative, executive or regulatory bodies, energy companies, think tanks or academia
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of groups that are currently working on federal energy and environmental policy

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team. We’ll interview and give serious consideration to candidates who currently live outside the D.C. metropolitan area, but such candidates must be willing to relocate to the area within a reasonably short period of time. This job may involve some travel, largely within the United States.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide health insurance entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until March 3, 2017. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for a telephone interview, which will be done on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our Washington, DC office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF along, with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is energymanagercandidates@rstreet.org.


Harm Reduction Policy Coordinator

The R Street Institute, a pragmatic free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country, seeks an engaged and energetic person to play a major role coordinating our work around harm reduction. The harm reduction policy coordinator will serve a key coordination role in our work on injection drug use, sexual behavior, alcohol abuse, tobacco use and opioid abuse, among others. This position will report to the executive director and/or the harm reduction policy manager and work closely with the president.

The harm reduction policy coordinator will play a key role in implementing R Street’s strategy of advancing a movement toward “integrated harm reduction” that brings together a wide variety of harm reduction policy approaches.

In a typical week, the harm reduction policy manager might help arrange testimony by one of R Street’s experts, work with an R Street fellow on a major article, help coordinate a series of Hill meetings for one of our experts and co-write an op-ed. Some specific ongoing responsibilities will include:

  • Working with R Street’s existing network of harm reduction policy experts and helping them to craft messages for a nontechnical audience.
  • Supporting a wide range of R Street work on harm reduction.
  • Cultivating new people to work on harm reduction within R Street’s network.
  • Organizing allied organizations across the political spectrum to support harm reduction broadly.
  • Contributing to and doing research for op-eds and policy studies on topics related to harm reduction.

We believe the ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • Some level of experience or knowledge of at least one harm reduction methodology.
  • Experience working across ideological and political lines.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating projects in a nonprofit or academic setting.
  • Demonstrated writing ability, ideally demonstrated by published work.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a field related to the work, such as public policy/government or social work.

We’re more concerned about thinking about candidates’ overall profiles than finding people who can check off every box. If you think you’re a good candidate, please do apply even if you don’t meet all of these qualifications precisely.

This is a full-time position based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office, and occasional travel in the United States and elsewhere. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

While there is no ideological or political litmus test for this position or need to agree with everything that anyone at R Street has ever written, we do ask that candidates assure they will feel comfortable with the sort of things we currently publish and with the fact that we are fundamentally an organization on the political right. While communication with people from all backgrounds is important to this position, we particularly need someone who is capable of sharing our messages with people who support free markets and limited government.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide health insurance entirely paid by the employer (even for families); an employer-funded HRA; wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring. We do not inquire about criminal records in the early stages of our interview process. We see a diverse workforce as an important asset in this and all other positions.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until mid-March. It is possible that we may hire more than one person in the harm reduction space. We may consider some candidates who applied for our harm reduction policy manager position for this job; there is no need to apply again. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for a telephone interview, which is done on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our Washington office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, a brief writing sample, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is harmreductioncandidates@rstreet.org.


Internships

R Street Institute also currently accepts interns through the following programs:

If you have any questions, or want to tell us about a program you think we should know of, email Patricia Simon at psimon@rstreet.org.

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