Inequality Media Specialist

POSTED Mar 13 2017

Institute for Policy Studies
Boston, MA
Full Time

Inequality Media Specialist

Reports to: Program Director of the IPS Program on Inequality and the Common Good

FTE: Full-Time, Two Year Commitment (with possibility of extension contingent on funding)


About IPS

IPS is a progressive internationalist think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we work to turn transformative policy ideas into action. As Washington's first progressive multi-issue think tank, IPS has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over five decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s through the environmental, women's, anti-corporate and other movements to the anti-war and global justice movements of the 21st century.

The New England office of IPS, located in Boston, hosts the Institute's Program on Inequality and the Common Good, an initiative that focuses on the dangers growing economic inequality poses for our democracy, economy, and civic life. The Program maintains a robust online presence centered around the website and a weekly email newsletter, develops educational tools for strategic social justice constituencies, and supports short- and long-term public policy campaigns aimed at reducing inequality.


IPS-New England seeks to hire an experienced professional for the position of Inequality Media Specialist. This position will build on existing IPS communications assets and deepen the reach and quality of our work on the "inequality beat." This full-time, full-benefitted salaried position will operate out of our Boston office in Jamaica Plain and report to the Program Director of the IPS Program on Inequality and the Common Good. We are seeking a two-year commitment, with the possibility of extension contingent on funding.


  • Build and maintain inequality program media lists and press kits.
  • Expand our print and broadcast presence by developing and cultivating relationships with relevant reporters, editors, producers, and columnists.
  • Engineer rapid responses to news events that can inject our voices into important media moments related to inequality.
  • Field media inquiries and coordinate interviews specific to the inequality beat.
  • Leverage established personal networks to increase awareness of and our ongoing inequality-related work.
  • Monitor media coverage and prepare timely press clip compilations
  • Develop creative ways to promote IPS content and issues to the public and reach new and nontraditional audiences.
  • Help manage the portal by soliciting contributors, editing and proofreading posts, and posting articles and content.
  • Monitor, update, and grow our organizational profiles on social media platforms.
  • Compile web, email, and social networking analytics into reports.
  • Serve as liaison to the IPS Communications Team based in Washington, D.C.



  • A bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of three years of experience in communications
  • Strong writing skills
  • Broad knowledge of print, broadcast, and new media
  • Experience creating and maintaining media lists
  • Experience pitching stories and responding to press inquiries
  • Web and social media content management experience,
  • Proficiency in basic office and graphic software
  • Demonstrated strengths in attention to detail through previous work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a team setting
  • An entrepreneurial excitement for iterating and finding success
  • Commitment to the IPS mission and vision
  • Commitment to the IPS working agreements for all staff, including a culture of strong interpersonal communication, feedback, integrity, inclusiveness, and anti-oppression principles.

Preferred, but not required

  • Working knowledge of WordPress
  • Experience working in a virtual environment/collaborating with team members in different locations
  • Existing media contacts

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a relevant writing sample in a single PDF File to "Search Coordinator" at by March 24, 2017. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQIA candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities. To help us ensure our candidate pool reflects the broader world, we ask that you complete a voluntary demographic survey here: