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Editorial & Communications Manager, Ranking Digital Rights

Are you concerned about the growing power that internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies have over people’s lives? Do you believe that corporations as well as governments have a responsibility to respect human rights? Do you enjoy the challenge of making complex ideas accessible to policymakers, journalists, and advocates alike? If so, Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) encourages you to apply to become our Editorial and Communications Manager.


RDR is a program housed at the Open Technology Institute at New America. Since 2015, RDR has ranked the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their policies and practices affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy. Now, we’re seeking a dynamic communicator with superior editing skills. This person will help raise the visibility of the RDR Corporate Accountability Index—and related work by the RDR team—among our key stakeholders and the broader public. They will do this by amplifying RDR’s editorial content and messaging to make it one of the most influential voices shaping the future of the internet.


Competitive candidates will possess strong writing and editing skills, have experience developing and leading content workflows, and have a proven track record of pitching stories to journalists. They will also bring an understanding of the challenges of tailoring research-based outputs for multiple formats, media channels, and audiences. They will surmount those challenges with creativity, keeping our content accurate, consistent, and engaging. The ideal candidate will also have experience managing early-career communications staff, as well as the ability to act as a writing coach to enable all members of the RDR team to publish their best work.


As the person responsible for RDR’s public-facing communications, the Editorial and Communications Manager will report to the Deputy Director, manage staff and contractors, and work closely and collaboratively with RDR’s research, engagement,  and other team members to implement and refine our communications strategy, including engagement with the press.


If you thrive in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment and relish the challenge of translating complex research into readable, watchable, and shareable insights that appeal to policymakers, journalists, activists, and global publics over multiple channels, we encourage you to apply.


RDR is committed to build a team that reflects the geographic diversity of the companies and jurisdictions that the RDR Index covers. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in the technology and policy sphere. We and our host organization, New America, are committed to diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention of staff.


Responsibilities include:

  • In tandem with the Deputy Director, develop and implement a communications strategy for the program as a whole, as well as in relation to specific research products and other activities;
  • Develop and implement an editorial process and internal style guide that support the overall RDR communications strategy and the creation of original content by the RDR team and guest authors;
  • Develop and implement a media relations strategy to raise the visibility of RDR and the RDR Index among journalists and the news media, including serving as the primary media contact for inquiries, pitching stories and op-eds, fielding interview requests, and positioning RDR staffers as experts;
  • In concert with the research and technology teams, plan, coordinate and manage the production of the RDR Index and related materials and outputs, for print and the web;
  • Work with staff experts to shape their findings for popular media channels, conferences, and other public appearances, including for on-air interviews, hearings, and op-eds;
  • Write, edit, and copy edit a wide range of content in a variety of formats, such as blog posts, talking points, email newsletters, investor briefs, policy papers, press releases, slide decks, podcasts, and video shorts, for a variety of channels, including RDR websites, Medium, Twitter, Facebook, and MailChimp;
  • Coordinate with Engagement and Outreach Officer on outreach to companies and other stakeholders and plan RDR events, including events to launch the RDR Index and other research products;
  • Supervise the management of key media and outreach lists and the monitoring of analytics and other indicators to assess impact;
  • Edit grant proposals and donor reports, as needed;
  • Manage the work of RDR’s communications associate, as well as recruit and supervise editorial and design contractors.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • 4-6 years’ progressively responsible editorial and communications experience in journalism, public relations, or marketing, including at least 1-2 years’ managing others;
  • Proven track record of successfully placing stories in top-tier media, both in the US and internationally;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects on parallel timelines;
  • Familiarity with emerging issues and dilemmas at the intersection of technology, corporate governance, and human rights;
  • Familiarity with best usability practices in print, broadcast, and web publishing;
  • Experience using constituent relations management programs to build and segment distribution lists
  • Fluency with word processing and layout design programs;
  • Fluency in a second language covered by the RDR Index (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish) strongly preferred.

Salary range begins at $65,000, and is negotiable for more experienced candidates. In addition, our compensation packages include generous health and retirement benefits and paid time off.


Location: RDR operates as a distributed team, with some staff based at New America in Washington, D.C., while other staff and contractors work from other locations around the world.


Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief (up to three pages) writing sample. The application deadline is Friday, October 11, 2019.


Please submit your application through the portal. We will not respond to phone calls or emails.


Ranking Digital Rights and New America are equal opportunity employers committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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