Research Communications Lead Posted Sep 28
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University , Arlington, VA
Do you enjoy reading about economic policy and wish to have an impact on our Nation’s policymakers? The Mercatus Center at George Mason University seeks a Research Communications Lead to join our Publications team. The incumbent will be responsible for ghost-writing 1-2 page executive summaries and other “bridging” products for the Mercatus Center’s peer-reviewed research papers, with expertise, skill, and savvy in connecting their findings to the concerns and information needs of policymakers and opinion-shapers.

Responsibilities include:
-Analyze long-form research papers to identify the key points, highlighting those that would be of greatest interest to policymakers, opinion-shapers, and public policy experts.
-Collect, synthesize, and ultimately summarize the key findings of a paper as perceived by the author(s), the commissioning program director, and media relations staff members.
-Shepherd all short-form “bridging” products through the publications process, from initiation and drafting to revision and final editing, tracking projects in a project management database, meeting deadlines, and providing weekly status reports.
-Working with an in-house policy expert, ensure that all summaries reflect the papers’ findings accurately and effectively.
-Work well with authors, research managers, and government-relations staff members, effectively and efficiently balancing the needs of each in service of the greater mission of Mercatus.

-Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in economics, government, or journalism; master’s preferred.
-At least 2 years of journalism, communications, or writing experience required.
-Ability to express or explain complex economic ideas simply, without distortion or loss of accuracy.
-Experience in the policymaking or think-tank arenas a plus.
-Desire to ensure quality of academic research and connect market-oriented research ideas to policymaking audience in a clear and persuasive manner.
-Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize for oneself.

Help us grow
Please submit your cover letter and resume, as well as three references, through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest the Mercatus Center's mission.

Employee Benefits
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and free credits at George Mason University.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

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