Writer & Editor

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample, ideally of a published opinion piece, to apply@rdi.org. The writing sample should ideally be related to politics, history or international affairs. In the subject line, please write “Writer & Editor Application” followed by your full name.

The Renew Democracy Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Us

The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is dedicated to pulling American democracy back from the brink and restoring its place as a beacon for global freedom. Founded by a diverse, cross-partisan group of leaders, including former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Bob Kerrey, and Pulitzer Prize winners Anne Applebaum and Bret Stephens, we are committed to combating the threats of far-right and far-left radicalism. With autocratic movements growing in strength around the globe, we must make a stand in defense of liberal democracy in the US. American leadership is paramount to guiding the free world through its current political, economic, and health crises.

The Role

The Writer & Editor will spearhead creating RDI’s public-facing work, which will include writing & ghost-writing opinion pieces, video scripts, and other educational materials to support RDI’s mission. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in American politics and global affairs, experience in opinion writing, and a willingness to be a voice in our national discourse. What’s unique about this role is that not only will you have the opportunity to draft pieces for national publications, you will also be able to help define RDI’s content and strategy by proactively coming up with ideas for podcast episodes, video scripts, or something completely out of the box and collaborating with others to execute on them. The most successful candidate in this role is someone who is comfortable taking initiative and owning their projects from start to finish. Finally, as a startup, we have an all-hands-on-deck mentality and in this role, you will also support other RDI efforts as needed in fundraising, event planning, and social media.

Job Responsibilities

  • Writing opinion articles, video scripts, educational materials, and grant proposals as well as designing events, and planning social media campaigns
  • Drafting pithy social media posts in line with RDI’s brand
  • Helping to produce RDI’s “Winter is Here” podcast
  • Drafting talking points for media appearances by other RDI team members
  • Collaborating with other team members to develop educational content and pursue outside partnerships with other pro-democracy organizations
  • Proactively developing original content ideas that further RDI’s mission and creating plans of action to execute on them
  • Training and co-managing a team of up to six interns
  • Contributing to project management and ensuring that RDI priorities are effectively executed in a timely manner

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate

  • Commitment to RDI’s mission, work and values
  • Experience in opinion, political, or creative writing
  • Broad political & international knowledge and a strong interest in promoting liberal democracy & civics education
  • A strong ability to take initiative and work well with minimal supervision
  • 3-5 years of work experience in a fast-paced setting
  • Discretion when working on sensitive material with high-profile individuals and public figures
  • Open-minded and interested in learning from those with whom you may disagree
  • Strong interpersonal & team-building skills, with a focus on effective communication
  • Familiar with tools including G Suite, Microsoft Office, WordPress, and Zoom. Experience with Substack and Elementor a plus.

Logistics & Benefits

  • We offer a competitive salary, generous benefits, flexible hours, paid time off, and unique opportunities for ongoing professional development
  • Ability to work remotely but NYC or DC preferred
  • U.S. work authorization required
  • Willingness to work outside 9-5 and sometimes on weekends

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