Who we are
The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and delivered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Our objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.
How you’ll contribute:
We’re looking for a smart, creative writer and reporter who can tell compelling stories and elevate Urban Institute research. This is an opportunity to apply your journalistic writing, reporting, and editing skills toward short- and long-term projects that help inform and advance the public debate.
In this job, you’ll translate complex research into concise, accessible content for various audiences and working with the visuals team to bring data to life. You will be responsible for writing, ghostwriting, and substantively editing features, blog posts, fact sheets, and other content.
This is an entry- to mid-level position on the Writing Services team. The job’s core responsibilities include the following:
- Writing or substantively editing narrative features and explanatory text for data visualizations and interactive graphics. This work will be done in close collaboration with Urban researchers. Here are examples of narrative and data viz features you’ll help create:
The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out?
Subtracting Schools from Communities
America’s Gradebook: How Does Your State Stack Up?
Everyday violence: Gunfire near DC schools
- Writing, ghostwriting, and substantively editing blog posts, fact sheets, op-eds, executive summaries, web content, and other products. Occasionally writing blog posts reporting on Urban Institute events and congressional testimonies.
- Brainstorming ways to leverage research within the news cycle and working with researchers to produce timely content
- Building relationships with researchers and conducting one-on-one writing consultations
- Occasionally traveling to report stories and interview sources
What you’ll bring
- Strong writing skills (APPLICATIONS WITHOUT WRITING CLIPS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED; see instructions below)
- Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field
- Two to four years of related work experience or equivalent, preferably in journalism
- News judgment, experience interviewing sources from various backgrounds
- Ability to write and edit quickly and consistently meet deadlines
- Ability to understand and translate technical research into accessible content while maintaining nuance and accuracy
- Strong substantive editing skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to collaborate with data-driven researchers and other members of the communications team
- Ability to work independently and juggle multiple projects; excellent time-management and organizational skills
- Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style a plus, but not required
- Familiarity with Drupal or other enterprise-level content management systems a plus, but not required
???**We want to see your work! Please submit writing samples or links to clips as part of your cover letter or resume. If you have an online portfolio of work, please identify your best two or three pieces rather than only sending us to your site. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT CLIPS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
What you’ll experience
Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer --Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.