Communications Associate

The Position:

The Tobin Project seeks an excellent writer and highly motivated and organized self-starter to join our collaborative team as a Communications Associate. Working with the Director of Operations and the research staff, the Communications Associate will advance Tobin’s mission by conveying the content and significance of our work to a range of audiences, including scholars, policymakers, donors, partner organizations, and the public. This position involves writing in a range of styles and managing many different projects related to Tobin’s research, development, and outreach efforts, from short news articles for our website to annual newsletters and grant reports. Broadly, the Communications Associate will ensure that all of our communications, regardless of their scope or audience, further Tobin’s mission and reflect our commitment to rigorous, problem-focused scholarship. The Communications Associate will receive a competitive non-profit salary and generous benefit package and work as part of Tobin’s small, mission-driven staff from an office in the heart of Harvard Square.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancing a range of Tobin communications efforts, including research dissemination, event outreach, book marketing, and recruiting
  • Assisting with grant applications and reporting
  • Writing online and print publications on Tobin Project programming and recent social science research by scholars in the Tobin network
  • Managing outreach to scholar, policymaker, and donor contacts
  • Creating content for and administering the Tobin Project website
  • Assisting Tobin’s efforts to create and disseminate case-based teaching materials
  • Contributing to a creative and dynamic work environment


A bachelor's degree is required. Other qualifications include:

  • Extremely strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience with social science research – in particular, the ability to digest scholarship from different disciplines and write clearly and concisely about its findings, methodology, and significance for a variety of audiences
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Highly developed organizational skills, exceptional attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines

How to Apply:

The Tobin Project is seeking candidates able to start in the winter of 2020, but we are also accepting applications from current students who will graduate in Spring 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020. To apply, please email the following materials to

  • A cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications
  • A 1-2 page resume
  • All academic transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable)
  • A writing sample

Please note that writing samples constitute a large part of the decision making process. Please submit a complete piece of written work (not an excerpt) – ideally one that marshals evidence in support of an argument. There is no page limit and no need to tailor the topic of discussion to Tobin’s research inquiries. Writing samples will be evaluated for clarity of reasoning, effectiveness of presentation, and style.

About the Tobin Project:

The Tobin Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization seeking to catalyze innovative scholarship on major, real world problems. Inspired by Professor James Tobin’s belief that scholars have a vital role to play in the public sphere, Tobin works with a network of over seven hundred scholars, including Nobel Laureates as well as top graduate students, and policymakers at the highest levels of government to generate pioneering research on some of the most pressing problems facing America today.

The Tobin Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, protected veterans, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, criminal record information (except where permitted under applicable law), or any other category prohibited by local, state, or federal law.