Communications Fellowship
Smart Growth America - Washington, DC

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Now hiring: 2013 Communications Fellow

Interested in advocating for people to be able to live in great local neighborhoods, with strong economic development opportunities and a healthy environment? Looking to gain federal and state policy experience in pursuit of safe, strong communities? If so, Smart Growth America may be the place for you.

Smart Growth America is hiring for a Communications Fellow to contribute to our website, online networks, and press outreach efforts. This is an opportunity that features a great deal of responsibility, direct collaboration with our supporters, and valuable hands-on experience.

Position description

The ideal Communications Fellow is an excellent writer, is tapped into news about politics and smart growth development, and can turn that information into engaging content for our website, email lists and social media. All Fellows should be excellent team players who can perform regular duties while also offering new ideas for how to make our work even better.


The Communications Fellow's primary responsibilities include:
Aggregating news about smart growth issues;

Posting our daily news clips;

Maintaining Smart Growth America's social media presence;

Tracking social media and web analytics and aggressively promote our work in Twitter and other social media platforms;

Writing original content for our blog to tell compelling stories about smart growth;

Formatting and sending HTML emails;

Assisting with outreach to reporters and bloggers; and

Providing communications support for our coalition partners.


The Fellowship position requires a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Candidates should have a strong interest in smart growth, economic development, transportation, community growth or related areas.

In addition, the Communications Fellow should have a basic understanding of HTML; proficiency using content management systems; solid understanding of organizational social media protocol; and interest contributing to the communications strategy. Knowledge of Photoshop or CSS are a definite plus.

Candidates should have at least a bachelor's degree and all candidates should be highly computer literate with experience in web content, and the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Timeframe and Location

The position is full-time, 40 hours a week. Minimum commitment of six months required. Potential to extend fellowship to 12 months is available. All Fellowships are located in Washington, DC. The Fellowship begins in January.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smart Growth America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. - 2 years ago - save job
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Smart Growth America is a coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns,...