Communications Manager

Washington, DC

At the Federation of American Scientists, we believe in embracing a growth oriented and entrepreneurial mindset to drive impact for our colleagues, our customers and the world. 

The Communications Manager will report to the Associate Director of Communications, and will work as part of a growing Communications department at FAS, and as part of the larger Operations team. The position will bolster efforts to expand FAS’s target audience reach, strengthen brand awareness, and position FAS as a thought leader. This position will involve both proactive planning and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy as well as reactive, rapid daily interaction on issues related to the Federation.This is a mid-level manager position with an opportunity for growth. The right candidate will help shape the role according to their skills, and act as a key player toward achieving significant growth and long-term sustainability for The Federation of American Scientists. 

Essential Functions

  • Help formulate and support an integrated strategic communications and marketing plan to advance FAS’s brand identity and increase the visibility across key stakeholder audiences.

  • Work with the project teams to write, edit and produce world-class external communication products including reports, blogs, newsletters, brochures and infographics.

  • Help manage social media accounts, curating and creating content that is error-free and compelling, engaging with key community members and media relationships, growing the audience, and driving interest.

  • Track and analyze competitors’ outreach, messaging, etc. to strengthen our messaging and edge.

  • Work cross functionally with the business development team to create fundraising and donor stewardship  materials. 

  • Oversee media relationships and key influencers, including pitching stories and producing press releases, advisories and organizing press calls.

  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Exceptional face-to-face, phone, and written communication skills, including the ability to compellingly articulate FAS’s mission to a variety of different audiences.

  • Prove ability to follow through on clear action plans.

  • Motivated self-starter who values learning; contributes as part of a team and thrives in a collaborative environment.

  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time.


  • 5+ years of work experience in a communications or marketing role. 

  • Experience with writing and crafting messaging, including via social media.

  • Demonstrable track record of communications or media relations experience - preferably in government, nonprofit or multilateral organizations. Including, pitching and communicating with journalists, setting up interviews, helping to create and execute communications strategies.

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture; 

  • Relevant professional experience in creating communications strategies and project management.

  • Experience with inDesign and Hootsuite is a plus. 

Expected Salary $65,000 - $85,000 

Don’t check off every box? Apply anyway! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every listed qualification. At FAS we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and developing new voices. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway – you might just be the right candidate.

The Federation of American Scientists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is a full time, exempt position and is therefore not eligible for overtime. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. The Federation of American Scientists  prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.