Media Relations Coordinator

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks a Media Relations Coordinator to help publicize CNAS’ work with key media audiences. The Media Relations Coordinator will manage the Center’s day-to-day communications with reporters and journalists, draft press releases, identify opportunities for media engagement, pitch op-eds, and track media coverage, among other duties. This is an entry-level position. This position will report to CNAS’ Director of External Relations and is a part of the Development and External Relations team.

The successful candidate will be proactive, creative, organized, and responsive to the demands of the news cycle. He/she will have an eye for detail and will be an excellent writer.


  • Work with journalists and CNAS experts to handle day-to-day media relations activities, both responsive and proactive.
  • Draft, produce, and distribute press releases, press notes, and media advisories for CNAS reports, announcements, and reaction to major news events.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Center to identify and produce innovative, newsworthy programs and events that highlight research projects.
  • Work closely with colleagues in the creative, publications, and studies department to shape promotions and digital projects with a media hook.
  • Coordinate institutional review and distribution of media materials.
  • Collaborate with Development to leverage media for patron and sponsor cultivation.
  • Track CNAS media coverage and build reports for CNAS experts and programs.
  • Continuously update CNAS media lists.
  • Pitch op-eds by CNAS experts.
  • Draft media relations strategies for CNAS initiatives.
  • Prepare CNAS experts with research and background materials before major interviews.
  • Assist CNAS Director of External Relations with media training for new CNAS experts.
  • Manage media attendees at CNAS events.
  • Cultivate and manage relationship with journalists and producers covering issues critical to CNAS. 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree is required, preferably in the field of public relations, journalism, communications, marketing or other related field.
  • Flexibility in schedule to work occasional evening events and weekends when demanded by the news cycle.
  • An understanding of the news cycle and what is newsworthy.
  • Knowledge of traditional print outlets, television news outlets, and online media.
  • Ability to work independently under tight deadlines and collaboratively across programs.
  • Capacity to build detailed media plans.
  • An eye for detail and excellent proofreading skills.
  • Familiarity with national security issues is preferred but not required.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent and bipartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C., and was established in February 2007.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link:

A complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position and a résumé or CV.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.