Peace and Security Fellow (six months, full-time)
ReThink Media seeks a fellow to support the Peace and Security Team’s work on nuclear weapons issues.
There are more than 13,000 nuclear weapons in the world right now, many of them on hair trigger alert. A single nuclear weapon could kill millions by hitting a large city. A hundred could cause a nuclear famine and a billion deaths from starvation. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Thanks to the work of activists, experts, and diplomats the total number of nuclear weapons in the world has come down 80% since the height of the Cold War. Nuclear testing, and its harmful health effects on surrounding communities, has been stopped. And there are policies before Congress and the President that could reduce the risk of nuclear war today and end a new arms race before it begins. But we need your help to make it happen.
ReThink's Peace and Security team works with the nation’s leading nonprofits and think tanks on some of the most important and complex national security challenges of our time. Our goal is to help move our country toward a foreign policy that emphasizes human rights, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and cooperative solutions to global problems. The issues we work on include nuclear arms reduction and disarmament, arms control, Pentagon spending, and post-9/11 military operations and “forever wars.”
The Fellow will primarily work with the Communications Manager on the Peace and Security Team. Their work will primarily involve ReThink’s issue portfolio related to nuclear weapons policy. This includes: supporting international agreements that seek to reduce the risk of nuclear war; opposing further domestic build-up of nuclear weapons; advocating for restorative justice on behalf of communities already harmed by nuclear weapons production, testing, and use; addressing US–China tensions in a nuclear context; and pushing for more diversity in the media coverage of nuclear weapons issues. In pursuing these goals, the Fellow will work with ReThink staff and a variety of outside partners, ranging from grassroots activists and affected community members to former government officials and policy experts.
In addition to the Fellow’s primary focus on nuclear weapons issues, they will occasionally partner with Peace and Security team members working on other issue areas and the larger ReThink team, which works on a variety of issues ranging from voting rights to countering Islamophobia.
We are looking for a highly motivated professional starting out in a career of media, advocacy, politics and/or public relations for a six-month fellowship. Demonstrated past interest in using social media skills professionally and/or working with reporters, pitching stories, and writing and editing op-eds is highly preferred. Some examples of relevant previous experience include work with a news outlet or as a staffer in a government office, NGO, or electoral campaign. The ability to work as part of a team, develop relationships with clients, identify and seize upon new media opportunities, and learn new policy areas is essential.
Specific goals will be set with the supervisor, corresponding to the following duties:
- Monitor daily news, opinion, and social media coverage and review daily news digests from the sector in order to identify key opportunities for rapid response;
- Draft daily clips related to top news stories with relevant social media content;
- Assist in the development of timely and effective talking points, messaging tips, and, where appropriate, create statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, and sample social media content to be distributed in response to breaking news developments and ahead of known media opportunities;
- Become familiar with key reporters and outlets covering these issues;
- Build meaningful relationships with partner organizations and develop expertise on the issues they work on; and
- Pitch and place stories and op-eds.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- BA/BS degree in relevant field
- Strong writing, editing, and communications skills
- Excellent news sense and political savvy
- Proven track record as a strong team player
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
- Strong research and administrative skills
Desirable but not required:
- Creative and strategic ability to frame ideas, develop stories, and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that appeals to the news media and a wide variety of audiences
- Strong presentation skills
- Knowledge of print, broadcast, online, and social media
- Team building and project management skills
- Experience with communicating with outside partners: clients, contractors, foundations, media etc.
LOCATION, SALARY, & BENEFITS
This is a six-month full-time exempt position. Due to the pandemic, this position will be fully remote, but candidates must be based in Washington, DC; Maryland; Virginia; Massachusetts; California; or Washington State.
This is an entry-level position that comes with healthcare, vacation, and retirement benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of $45,000 - $47,500 pro rata ($3,750–$3,958 monthly).
We are assessing candidates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply by Sunday, November 14th. This position is open until filled.
ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, send an email to [email protected], Subject: Peace & Security Fellowship. Please include your cover letter and résumé as PDF attachments, with your name in each filename (e.g., resume- Smith.pdf). In your cover letter state the reason for your interest in the position, where you heard about this job, and a brief summary of your professional experience and how it relates to the issues we work on.