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ABOUT US

Hattaway Communications is a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm with a mission: We help visionary leaders and organizations use the power of strategy, science, and storytelling to achieve ambitious goals that benefit people and the planet. Our team works with high-profile, high-impact clients in advocacy, philanthropy, government, and business. We’re in the business of communications for impact, not self-promotion.

ABOUT THE JOB

We’re looking for a versatile writer to join our Storytelling team. You’ll craft powerful messaging and create fresh, accessible, and engaging content for all kinds of clients and causes. Your creativity will be guided by clear strategic focus and inspired by science-based insights from communications research. You will:

  • Be responsible for producing high-quality content for multiple projects, often on tight deadlines, under the guidance of our creative director and copy editor
  • Craft fresh, evocative language that captivates your readers and delights our clients—whether you’re explaining a complex policy or sharing a human story
  • Apply insights from audience research, media analysis, and social science to create motivating messages and compelling content
  • Dive deeply into understanding our clients’ goals, audiences, and strategies, so that your writing helps to achieve meaningful outcomes
  • Present content to project teams and clients, explaining your creative choices in light of their audiences and objectives
  • Work with project teams to produce communications research and translate audience insights into powerful messaging and storytelling
  • Always maintain a positive and professional attitude with colleagues and clients
  • Support the firm’s mission, demonstrating a passion for the power of strategic communications to contribute to positive change
  • Learn and grow through challenging work, and by utilizing professional development and training opportunities

Right off the bat, you’ll create content that encourages people to participate in COVID testing and contact-tracing; learn to craft research-based messages that address hesitation about vaccinations; capture lessons from civic engagement leaders who helped drive record turnout in the 2020 elections; and write profiles of community leaders fighting COVID-19, racial injustice, and economic inequality.

ABOUT YOU

Your writing will speak for itself. Successful candidates will present a diverse portfolio of work that demonstrates an ability to write for a wide variety of audiences and formats. It will show a knack for crafting content that rises above the everyday noise, with meaningful and memorable language. It will include examples of content that created measurable impact.

Your portfolio will include content for:

  • Policy communications (op-eds, speeches, white papers, case studies, etc.)
  • Storytelling (personal profiles, feature articles, interviews, newsletters, etc.)
  • Media relations (press releases, talking points, Q&A, etc.)
  • Digital platforms (websites, blogs, social media, etc.)

You’ll show in-depth understanding of policy making, politics, social media, and news media.

You’ll complete a writing test that demonstrates a journalistic writing style and a mastery of writing standards, including the use of style guides.

YOU HAVE:

  • Two-five years of experience covering and/or working in Congress, think tanks, advocacy organizations, and/or communications agencies with clients like ours
  • Experience creating content for advocacy, non-profit, policy, and/or political organizations at community, state, and/or national levels
  • A track record of applying insights from research and analytics to craft messaging and storytelling that produces measurable results
  • A commitment to an equitable workplace and the effort it takes to maintain one
  • A passion for quality and acute attention to detail
  • The desire to grow with a dynamic firm, and work with others in a collaborative, fast-paced environment

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE:

  • Samples of breakthrough marketing content (taglines, ad copy, collateral, etc.)
  • Academic studies in linguistics, psychology, or other social sciences
  • Experience working directly with clients in an agency or consultancy

WHY HATTAWAY?

We believe in passion, rigor, and imagination. Our passion is shown in our commitment to our clients and their causes, and in reaching the fullest potential in everything we do—always striving for the highest quality products and experiences for our clients, rather than just being “good enough.” Our rigor is demonstrated through the thoughtful, deliberate, and disciplined approach in all that we do, delivering on the promise of strategic communications that actually achieve meaningful impact—not just add to the noise. Imagination drives all of our work, because it lies at the heart of our creative problem-solving.

Hattaway Communications is committed to creating an equitable world, and we know that begins with creating an equitable workplace. We know bringing talented, diverse people together—especially women and people of color—sharpens our insights, and helps us better serve our clients. We recognize and value the experiences of minoritized peoples, and prioritize prospective hires whose cultural backgrounds and experiences give them unique perspectives, and who share our goal of creating a workplace and world that promotes creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

We are active listeners, supportive partners, and inclusive leaders. We create space for our employees and our partners to fearlessly speak truth, authentically express themselves, and enjoy meaningful professional growth. We not only allow for difference but celebrate and dutifully defend it.

We value each person’s professional development, and you’ll have a budget and support for pursuing those interests. We offer competitive benefits, including a flexible work environment and generous medical and parental leave policies. Our offices are located in downtown Washington, D.C., between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North metro stations. We are currently working remotely due to the pandemic and will consider remote applicants for this position.The salary range for this position is $56,000 - $70,000, depending on experience.

Hattaway Communications provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please fill out this application form with your information, resume and cover letter. No phone calls, please.

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