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Digital Associate and Producer- Communications

Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Communications Department Overview:

The Communications Department manages external communications efforts including the Institute website, social media, media relations, a podcast, digital editorial content and provides communications counsel to Aspen Institute programs.

Basic Function:

The Digital Associate and Producer supports the Aspen Institute’s communications efforts by helping plan, produce and distribute compelling digital content – focusing primarily on the Institute’s social media channels and the Aspen Insight podcast.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Social Media

  • Assist the Social Media Associate with a broad range of planning, content creation, and publishing tasks on various social media platforms.
  • With guidance, carry out strategic plans for social media at Institute events including, but not limited to, the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Aspen Security Forum.
  • Draft, edit, and disseminate social media content on various platforms.
  • Track, analyze, and report audience and content engagement data to inform future strategies for programs and the Aspen Institute brand as needed.
  • Research and stay abreast of trends in digital media and tools to enhance storytelling and increase reach.
  • Monitor social media conversation trends and news cycles to identify opportunities for the Institute to join or lead national conversations.
  • Monitor the Institute’s social media accounts to identify (1) opportunities for increased engagement and (2) changes in audience sentiment.

Podcast and Other Digital Content Development

  • Develop story ideas, interview subjects, write scripts, and record/edit audio content for the Aspen Insight podcast.
  • Guide Aspen Institute experts to produce impactful digital content that describes their work to a broad audience. Assist with social media promotion and audience development activities for the podcast.
  • Occasionally develop blog posts, newsletter items, media captions, and other content for the Institute website and digital platforms

Principal Interactions:

Interacts routinely with Communications Department colleagues, Institute employees at all levels, and external constituents including vendors.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong writing skills with a focus on detail and accuracy
  • Experience producing digital media for a variety of platforms involving text, audio, video, and image content –– experience with Adobe Audition preferred
  • Knowledge of the media and journalism landscape
  • Solid organizational skills with ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and well with a diverse group of people throughout the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with popular social media platforms and digital media trends
  • Familiarity with WordPress and similar digital publishing tools
  • Experience interpreting digital analytics to inform future content planning
  • Willingness to travel particularly in summer months (for Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Security Forum)
  • Flexible and versatile work style

Physical Requirements & Work Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Level of Authority:

  • Non-supervisory position
  • No budgetary authority

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against. 

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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