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Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW Ste 600
Washington, DC (United States)


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Job ID: 53923
Job Views: 134
Location: Washington, , United States
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Job Category: Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 60000 per year
Posted: 09.13.2017

Job Description


Reports To: Executive Director
Salary: $60,000
Benefits: Paid vacation and sick leave, excellent employer-paid benefits for employees and their dependents, a 403b retirement plan, flexible hours. Sunny, renovated office centrally located in DuPont Circle with an onsite gym.
FTE: Full-Time, 1 Year Position (with possibility for extension pending grant funding)

The new Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev William Barber and a wide array of progressive leaders and organizations, takes its name and focus from the last campaign of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading up to his 1968 assassination. The new Campaign will build on Dr. King's call for a movement challenging racism, poverty and militarism, adding environmental justice as central to today's needs.
IPS serves as the institutional anchor within the Poor People's Campaign for producing an Audit, examining 50 years of those challenges, including describing what the world looked like in 1968 regarding racism, poverty, militarism and the environment, exploring what were the movements doing and what policy changes emerged over the 50 years, digging deeply into what worked and what didn't work, and standing back to examine where we are now. IPS researchers will be involved in producing much of the substance of the Audit.  The coordinator will oversee and coordinate production of the material into a coherent report - including weaving different sections into a consistent whole, working with section leaders to ensure parallel approaches, serving as primary liaison between IPS researchers and the Poor People's Campaign leadership, and have overall responsibility for meeting deadlines linking the Audit to the Campaign's broader mobilization strategy. This is a one-year staff position within IPS, linked to the work of the Campaign.


  • Organize and synthesize interviews, testimony, and other primary source materials
  • Working with IPS researchers, identify key subject areas within each arena, recruit and oversee outside analysts and interviewers producing narratives and analysis
  • Coordinate discussions to determine the various forms (written report, interactive website, videos, etc.) that the Audit may include
  • Write bridge pieces throughout the report and overarching narrative pieces that tie the report together
  • Prepare and layout the report’s flow, including picking out design elements like pull quotes, storyboxes, visuals, charts, etc.
  • Keep IPS and outside researchers and analysts on track within the Audit timelines
  • Maintain communication and joint engagement between IPS researchers and Campaign leadership

Job Requirements


  • Demonstrated knowledge of social justice movements, including familiarity with faith-based and/or other movements that privilege moral accountability
  • Background in journalism, history, documentary studies, or other relevant work experience
  • Solid writing and editing skills
  • Highly organized and meticulous about details
  • Ability to take direction and input from several senior staff from both IPS and the PPC with grace and flexibility
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and writing abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to connect different issues and different movements (i.e., think intersectionally)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and vision of IPS and the mission and vision of the Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Having the experience of a frontline community is a plus


In one PDF, please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample to by September 22 with “Poor People's Campaign” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The first round of interviews will take place in mid to late September.
IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color and people with lived experiences with poverty for this position

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