Head Writer


RDI is building a movement to renew democracy in the US and around the world through incisive commentary, thought-provoking events, direct aid to frontline communities, and cultivating unlikely alliances. We are looking for a Head Writer to lead print and text-based content across the organization. This role reports to the Chief Content Officer (CCO) and will oversee any freelance and/or contract writers.



  • Work closely with the CEO and CCO to develop a brand voice across all written content. 
  • Identify strong stories, compelling narratives, and critical analysis of topics and issues that align with RDI’s mission. 
  • Act as a lead editorial voice, advising senior RDI members on key initiatives across a variety of RDI programming efforts and ensuring that we’re effectively addressing any relevant current events. 
  • Oversee and edit RDI’s two newsletters, The Democracy Brief and The Topline
  • Guide all written projects and assignments through the editing process, from line and copy editing to final submission and publication of the pieces. 
  • Manage freelance writers and editors as needed and directed. 
  • Lead all writing assignments for third-party op-eds, CEO and founder speeches, public appearances, Q&As and requested interviews. 
  • Work with the CCO across social media and video projects as needed within a written context. 
  • Responsible for managing RDI’s Twitter/X presence, including daily threads.
  • Support the Director of Stewardship to create compelling development materials.
  • Work with the CEO and other team members to think through political positioning and subject matter at RDI events including our Frontlines of Freedom Conference, Heroes of Democracy Gala, etc.


  • Minimum of four years experience writing and editing, preferably with some digital media experience.
  • Capable of offering incisive and easily digestible analysis of complicated and controversial political topics. 
  • A unique capacity to convey a strong point of view, and to sometimes be provocative, within RDI’s voice and aligning with our values.
  • The ability to write a pithy and clever turn of phrase. 
  • A strong understanding of what makes a strong, compelling story. 
  • A strong working knowledge of foreign and domestic news and issues. 
  • A deep knowledge of current media trends when it comes to digital content strategy for print/text based platforms. 
  • Impeccable editing skills and ability to communicate edits effectively.
  • A strong rolodex of freelance/contract writers is a plus. 
  • A truly collaborative spirit. We are a small, but mighty team. 
  • A driven work ethic, an insatiable curiosity, and a growth mindset. 
  • The ability to thrive under deadlines but also handle the unexpected with a sense of calm. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates located in the New York or Washington, DC areas who can come into RDI’s office in their respective city one-to-three days per week; however, this position can be remote for the right candidate working on Eastern Time.


We offer a competitive salary of $70,000 to $95,000 depending on experience, generous benefits, flexible hours, paid time off, and unique opportunities for ongoing professional development. Benefits include a 401(k) retirement plan and a variety of nationwide medical, dental, and vision insurance options. 


Please apply through our portal online here. Please email apply@rdi.org with any questions.