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Communications Specialist

Economic Roundtable seeks a part-time to full-time Communications Specialist. We are looking for a talented communicator to assist with building discussion about insights produced through our research on worker wages, housing, homelessness, vulnerable youth and environmental sustainability. The Communications Specialist will develop external and internal communications collateral for implementing a communications strategy, building and sustaining relationships with media, and helping organize public-facing communications initiatives, and engaging the Roundtable’s 10k readers.


  • Advise on communications strategy and develop effective framing and messaging for research projects
  • Prepare and train spokespeople for media and public events
  • Develop compelling stories to be featured in public materials and media coverage
  • Plan and execute media events and initiatives
  • Pitch and place stories in media
  • Write media alerts, press releases, pitch letters and other media-friendly materials
  • Write and design social media and web content
  • Develop content, edit and manage design for all communication materials — talking points, fact sheets, reports, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, e-blast newsletters, etc.
  • Use website content management software and design graphics with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Animation and video production skills are desirable but not required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field and/or 2+ years communications, marketing, social media, journalism or public relations experience
  • Communications experience with advocacy campaigns, nonprofits, in labor movement, or political, community organizing, strongly preferred
  • Awareness of interrelationships of economic growth, job availability, wage levels, and poverty-driven social problems, with a goal of moving toward workable policy solutions
  • Demonstrated ability implement strategic communications tactics, craft persuasive messages
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of social media
  • Intermediate/advanced digital media skills
  • Graphic design, web content skills using WordPress
  • Familiarity with web-based, constituent relationship management (CRM) software (PowerBase CiviCRM) desirable
  • Ability to anticipate needs and plan accordingly, coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands and meet deadline
  • Bilingual (written and conversational) in Spanish or second language a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team and coalition
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, driven to succeed
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Economic Roundtable, and strong demonstrated commitment to the needs and concerns of working families

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is highly competitive and negotiable, depending on level of graduate education, experience, demonstrated skills, and earnings history. When the position becomes more than half-time, health benefits will start immediately and an 8 percent retirement fund contribution will begin after six months.


E-mail a cover letter, résumé, sample of three past work products (writing, digital content such as video, or other), and the name, organization, job title, and phone number of three professional references to and No phone calls please.



Produce innovative research to help build a fairer, more sustainable community. Research assignments typically entail taking on complete responsibility for a set of issues, beginning with database construction, then data analysis, and finally articulating findings and recommendations. This permanent, full-time job position is an opportunity to carry out policy-relevant analysis and publish work that has real world impacts. The Economic Roundtable is a public benefit urban research organization located in downtown Los Angeles. We have an informal, interactive, and highly focused work environment. We analyze a wide array of complex confidential administrative records and public data sets and prepare clear, objective analyses that are credible to public officials and community stakeholders, and operationally relevant for public action.

Desirable Professional Skills & Experience

  1. Ability to design research projects that illuminate social justice issues
  2. Construction, manipulation and analysis of large, complex electronic data files
  3. Effective quantitative skills for reliably extracting critical content from data
  4. Statistical and GIS software knowledge and experience
  5. Ability to scope work for timely project completion
  6. Conceptual tools for understanding labor market dynamics and the regional economy
  7. Ability to make effective public presentations
  8. Ability to conceptualize key policy-relevant issues, develop coherent themes, and express information in lucid written form
  9. Doctoral degree in relevant discipline such as planning, geography or economics is preferred. Master’s degree holders will be considered if they have significant applied research experience.

Desirable Personal Qualifications

  1. Take initiative as needed and work independently
  2. Ability to see both the big picture and details and to prioritize and concurrently execute multiple tasks
  3. Willingness to work intensely when necessary to meet deadlines
  4. Ability to assess own work critically, objectively and insightfully to discover errors, identify opportunities for improvement, and acts on these assessments to produce final, completed work products
  5. Work style that builds trust-based relationships, team collaboration, seeks constructive feedback from others, and involves others in decisions that affect the work team
  6. Commitment to improving opportunities for individuals to sustain themselves and their families and lead stable, productive lives

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is highly competitive and negotiable, depending on level of graduate education, experience, demonstrated skills, and earnings history. Health benefits start immediately. Eight percent retirement fund contribution after six months.


Send: 1) letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three samples of papers, articles or dissertation chapters you have written, and 4) names of three references with contact information. Send your application material to and No phone calls please.

In your letter, please discuss: a) why you are interested in this position, b) your experience and skills in building and analyzing databases, and c) your experience and knowledge of public policy research and producing analyses that support evidence-based policy formulation.

Applications will be kept confidential. References will not be contacted until candidates are notified and invited for an interview.


The Economic Roundtable is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition. We value diversity and assess individuals solely on their job-related aptitude, training, skills, and performance.