Work With Us

Communications Associate

This individual will work on national, state, and inside-the-beltway campaigns, and play a significant role in both strategy and implementation of robust earned and paid media activities. This role reports to the Communications Director, but will require the ability to work independently and balance multiple priorities. This is NOT an entry level position.

Strong candidates will have campaign/political experience, be skilled at writing with attention to detail, and should be able to demonstrate a strong work ethic.

Responsibilities

Major responsibilities include:

  • Managing the day-to-day communications needs for a number of clients
  • Developing and implementing communications plans to generate earned media and drive a narrative
  • Writing op-eds, press releases, talking points, other products, and message guidance
  • Helping devise creative, innovative communications and campaign strategies for our clients that help them frame the debate and advance their agenda

Qualifications

We need someone who has:

  • The ability to work independently and drive the day-to-day narrative of a communications program
  • A strategic communications background and relationships with reporters
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience working on renewable energy, climate, and/or conservation issues; familiarity with public lands and water conservation is a big plus
  • Four to seven years of communications experience in similar or related fields

We prefer someone with:

  • Some campaign experience
  • Some client service experience
  • Some on-the-record experience

Contact

Interested applicants should email lauren@smoottewes.com with a resume, two writing samples, cover letter, and three references. Please attach all materials in one PDF file. Please write “Communications Associate” in the subject line of your email.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with relevant professional experience. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage, 401K, paid vacation, and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.

Communications Assistant

This individual will work on national, state, and inside-the-beltway campaigns, and play a significant role in executing robust earned and paid media activities. This role reports to the Communications Director, will work closely with the Communications Associates and Research Director, and requires the ability to work independently and balance multiple priorities.

Strong candidates will have campaign/political experience, be skilled at writing with attention to detail, and should be able to demonstrate a strong work ethic.

Responsibilities

Major responsibilities include:

  • Writing op-eds, press releases, talking points, other products, and message guidance
  • Assisting with day-to-day communications needs for a number of clients
  • Contributing to the execution of communications plans to generate earned media and drive a narrative
  • Helping to implement communications and campaign strategies for our clients that help them frame the debate and advance their agenda

Qualifications

We need someone who has:

  • Very strong writing, copy editing, and communications skills
  • A strong interest in politics and the political process
  • The ability to be dependable, flexible, detail-oriented, work in a fast-paced environment, and comfortable working independently
  • Adeptness using social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • A proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • A communications and political background
  • Some experience in dealing with reporters

Contact

Interested applicants should email jobs@smoottewes.com with a resume, two writing samples, cover letter, and three references. Please attach all materials in one PDF file. Please write “Communications Assistant” in the subject line of your email.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with relevant professional experience. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage, 401K, paid vacation, and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.

Internship Opportunities 2017

Our internships offer great opportunities for dedicated workers interested in learning more about the political process and enhancing their skills in the political realm. By working under principals of different divisions our interns are able to learn about the industry and hone their skills in order to understand what it takes to be successful in politics today.

Strong candidates will have campaign/political experience, a strong interest in politics and the political process, and a committed work ethic. They should be dependable, flexible, detail-oriented, be able to work in a fast-paced environment, be comfortable working independently, and possess excellent writing skills. All candidates must be comfortable with Microsoft Office and Outlook.

The following positions are available: 

Communications Intern: Will work under the principals of our communications division. Candidates should have strong writing, editing, and communication skills, be adept at using social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), and be interested in advocacy campaigns relating to clean energy, sustainable resources, grassroots organizing, and social justice.

Digital Communications Intern: Will work under the principals of our communications division. Top candidates will have experience writing for the web, be adept at using social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and be interested in advocacy campaigns relating to clean energy, sustainable resources, grassroots organizing, and social justice. Experience in video editing and graphic design is a plus.

Primary responsibilities include: Assisting in the research and planning of online marketing and advocacy campaigns. Creating content for social media channels and blogs. Helping with the development of digital collateral including but not limited to email campaigns, web ads, and infographics. Keeping up-to-date with digital media practices and trends. Assisting with general office duties, as needed.

Opposition Research Intern: Will work closely with the Research Director and the rest of the Communications Department, gaining research and strategic communications skills specific to the political world.

Qualified candidates should:

  • Be interested in learning how to conduct opposition research and how to use research on targets to conduct strategic communications strategy (e.g. fact-checking opponents’ arguments, researching campaign finance records or other public records to play defense against attacks in the press, etc.)
  • Have an interest in developing a working understanding of sources of research, including news databases, Federal Elections Commissions filings, criminal and civil filings, and other public records
  • Have very strong writing and research skills
  • Have a strong interest in politics and the political process, and read political news every day
  • Be dependable, flexible, detail-oriented, able to work in a fast-paced environment, and comfortable working independently
  • Be able to commit at least three months to the internship program

Applicants for any of the positions above should be able to commit at least 3 months to the internship program and work 20 hours per week. Interns will receive a stipend of $800/month with $50/month for travel expenses. The internship will begin in January 2017 and through the end of the semester. We will be flexible with specific dates for students who need to return to school prior to the end of the internship.

Please send a resume and cover letter to lauren@smoottewes.com as an attachment indicating the position to which you are applying (Communications, Digital, or Opposition Research), along with a brief description in the body of the email why you are interested in this opportunity. If you are applying for the Communications position, please include a short writing sample (op-ed, press release, news article, short essay, etc.) Please send all materials in one PDF file.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible afterwards.

We would like to fill these positions quickly.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The Smoot Tewes Group is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.