Careers: Associate Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Jul 1, 2024

About the Peterson Foundation

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation (the “Foundation”) is working to secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges. The Foundation partners with leading policy experts, elected officials and the public to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. As a non-partisan organization, the Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships, and research to educate and involve Americans from a variety of perspectives.

Department Summary

The Communications and Public Affairs Team at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation is responsible for the external communications of all Peterson entities, working collaboratively across the organization to drive messages and programs that strategically and substantively advance the Foundation’s mission to increase awareness and action around our nation’s fiscal challenges.

Position Summary

With the goal of increasing awareness and action on America’s key fiscal challenges, the Foundation undertakes a range of communications activities to reach key audiences in Washington and across America, including content production, program communications, digital outreach, media relations, advertising and events.

The Associate Director, Communications and Public Affairs will play a central role in advancing the organization’s strategic communications objectives and plans, reporting to the Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to develop, implement and measure the overall communications plans for a range of issues and initiatives for the Foundation, as well as related entities including the Peterson Solutions Fund and the Peterson Center on Healthcare.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Support the development, implementation and measurement of strategic communications plans designed to advance fiscal sustainability and related issues with key audiences in Washington and across America.
  • Serve as communications project manager, managing the development and execution of specific strategies, timelines and metrics for communication activities.
  • Work in partnership with the Program team to support the development, management, and execution of communications elements of the Next Gen and Democracy program of the Foundation.
  • Work in partnership with the research team to oversee the strategy, development, and execution of content materials for the Foundation’s digital properties.
  • Manage the internal communications functions/needs of the organization.
  • Coordinate and support the implementation of a range of activities including stakeholder communications, grant communications, content development, advertising, polling and events.
  • Work collaboratively across the team and the organization with Research, Grants, Programs, Peterson Solutions Fund, Peterson Center on Healthcare and other departments.
  • Manage process and design for a range of materials, publications, presentations and videos for various audiences and events.
  • Work with external vendors to execute projects and manage budgets.

About The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be a strong communications generalist with a background in policy, politics, or philanthropy who is able to drive the broad communications picture. Strategic and independent, the candidate must have outstanding project management and relationship building skills, a firm grasp of fiscal and economic issues, and enjoy working collaboratively within and across teams.


  • 12+ years of experience on a communications team with a policy/political, non-profit, corporate or agency background.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience developing, managing and/or executing a communication plan that includes many in-process activities and future milestones.
  • Experience with a broad array of communications styles, formats, and distribution channels.
  • Strong project management skills and able to manage multiple priorities and demands with short lead-times.
  • Exceptional written communications skills, with the ability to conceptualize and write content for a range of audiences.
  • An independent self-starter with an intrinsic drive for results and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong strategic capabilities.
  • Intellectually curious with a strategic mindset and impeccable judgement.
  • A team player and problem solver able to build strong relationships and work with both technical and non-technical people.
  • Understanding of economic and fiscal policy topics and current environment, and familiarity with sources of fiscal, budget and economic news/data.
  • In order to build productive relationships across the organization and to ensure effective collaboration, this role requires in-person presence in accordance with the organization’s hybrid schedule of working in the office three days per week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday).

Salary and Benefits

We anticipate that the starting base salary range for this position will be $130,000 to $145,000, plus eligibility for an annual discretionary bonus. In addition, we offer a generous benefits package designed to support employee health and well-being, including comprehensive health insurance, a substantial 401k match, paid time off, a hybrid work schedule and other flexible work policies.

To Apply

We are a dynamic, growing organization that embraces critical thinking, problem solving and innovative ideas. If you have relevant experience and qualifications, please send your resume to

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is proud to be equal opportunity employers and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply to our organization. We offer a welcoming community that respects each individual and fosters a diverse set of experiences, perspectives, skills and ideas. We are committed to building a workplace in which every team member can thrive personally and professionally and contribute to our mission.

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