Editor (METRO Policy)
The Urban Institute - Washington, DC

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Founded in 1968, the Urban Institute offers independent, rigorous analysis and evidence-based solutions in social and economic policy to inform decisionmakers and the public. The Institute recently launched a comprehensive organizational initiative to increase its visibility and engagement. To support this work, the Urban Institute is seeking a Metropolitan Policy Editor, a savvy, flexible, fast-thinking expert who works within the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center team to shape debate and discussions among influencers at the state and national level. Essential functions of The Metropolitan Policy Editor will be embedded in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, which concentrates on the communities—housing developments, neighborhoods, cities, and suburbs—that make up America's urban regions. The Metropolitan Policy editor will work alongside its researchers and director while also serving as a member of the Urban Institute’s Strategic Communications and Outreach team. S/he should have subject matter expertise in issues that relate to center, including cities and neighborhoods and the federal, state, and local policies that affect them. S/he is expected to build a communications program that advances the center’s and the organization’s goals, including developing content, conducting outreach, and building relationships with current and new audiences. S/he will leverage the knowledge, data, and relationships of the center and its scholars, and s/he will shape conversations and decisions among thought leaders who should know about the center’s work.

This is a unique opportunity to build a new program for visibility and engagement that is rooted in the Institute's strong reputation for providing nonpartisan, evidence-based policy solutions. The center’s research investigates factors that shape the quality of life in American communities, the opportunities they offer residents, and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local public policies that govern urban housing and neighborhoods. The Metropolitan Policy Editor reports to the Director of Strategic Communications with a dotted line to one of the center’s senior leaders.


- Act as policy communications advisor and strategist within Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
- Translate complex research reports for a broader, sophisticated audience of thought leaders, influencers, media, and interested individuals
- Develop compelling content including (but not limited to) policy briefs, newsletters, blog posts, op-eds, fact sheets, and press releases
- Develop communications plans and editorial calendars for new publications and promotion of existing research
- Conduct outreach with Hill staff, thought leaders, traditional media, bloggers, and others to leverage research and influence policy conversations on the state and national level
- Be familiar with all research that has been developed to date; be poised to seize opportunities within the news cycle to bring all our pre-existing research to bear in policy conversations and the news media
- Develop strong relationships with reporters and bloggers in the field of urban policy
- Liaise with the central comms team to be able to reflect the refined Urban Institute brand in center communications; elevate center issues so that they are part of the broader organizational strategy to boost the impact and visibility of the institute
- Manage events, roundtables, briefings, and other opportunities in coordination with the Dir of External Affairs
- Work with other members of the communications team to train spokespeople and equip them with the requisite media, digital, presentation, and other skills to effectively represent metropolitan and housing policy


- Bachelor's degree in political science, communications, marketing, journalism or in the field of urban policy issues
- 5-10 years of policy communications experience, including in the field of urban policy issues; Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred
- Experience leading strategy development of organization, including managing timelines and producing deliverables
- Experience managing outside vendors and freelancers
- Strong writing and analytical skills, with strong experience in journalism, external affairs or digital/traditional media strategy
- Strong project management and organizational skills
- Ability to form relationships with a range of staff, including data-driven researchers
- Ability to understand and interpret data and translate it for mainstream audiences
- Proven track record on management and team building, including the ability to set objectives, measure success, and meet or exceed goals
- Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, and Excel. May require database management, such as for social media monitoring, constituent relationship management, and/or media relations
he Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/H. Women, Minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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