Director of Public Affairs

Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

We are looking for a Director of Public Affairs to connect RFF to our most important external constituents. Reporting to the Vice President for Communications, this role is ideal for a communications professional with a robust understanding of environmental and energy policy issues, a background in government relations, and a network of high-profile contacts.

External Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of innovative communications plans that communicate RFFs research projects to policymakers, research peers, and other important stakeholders. Work with RFFs press secretary to pitch research projects to journalists. Write and pitch op-eds to editorial boards that showcase RFFs research findings and/or respond to timely news issues.
  • Work with RFF policy experts to communicate the organizations work to relevant federal and state policymakers. Identify opportunities, build relationships, search out novel partnership ideas, and work towards greater reach for RFF policies on Capitol Hill and with other key government decisionmakers. Work with colleagues across the organization to build RFFs government relations strategy.
  • Work with RFF colleagues to identify and invite relevant, high-profile thought leaders to participate in RFF events and podcasts, write magazine articles, and appear on other RFF platforms. Work with our events, development, and research teams to develop a convening strategy for the organization.
  • Write compelling copy for development materials like one-pagers and annual reports, infusing vivid examples of RFFs impact and policy expertise.

Internal Responsibilities:

  • Ensure RFFs internal tracking system captures the full impact of our communications activities and facilitates insightful analytics reporting.
  • Manage a team of outstanding media and communications professionals.
  • Work with colleagues to develop RFFs internal communications strategy, to ensure updates from RFF departments are effectively communicated.


  • Bachelors degree, and at least eight years of relevant communications, government, and/or policy experience.
  • Outstanding networking, interpersonal, and management skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex research findings for stakeholders, in both written and verbal form.
  • Knowledge of environmental and energy policy issues.
  • Alignment with RFFs commitment to research that is balanced, independent, and rigorous.
  • Professional when communicating with high-profile guests and speakers.
  • Tech-savvy and adaptable.

All interested applicants for this role should submit a thoughtful cover letter and current resume via Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter.

We look for candidates who are already authorized to work in the U.S. and are not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

Salary is competitive. RFF benefits include a collegial environment, 20 days annual leave, 13 days sick leave, 3 days family medical leave, 10 holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits.

Due to the anticipated volume of interest, we are unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries regarding this position.

RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.