Now Hiring: Communications Associate

Are you interested in urban planning, transportation, placemaking, and/or economic development? Do you have communications experience for an issue-based organization? Are you eager to use your communications skills to change federal, state and local policies in order to build and sustain walkable places and great neighborhoods? Join our team as a communications associate.

Smart Growth America is seeking an experienced Communications Associate to join our communications team tasked with spreading our message to a national audience: What is smart growth, what are the benefits, and why it is urgently needed in towns and cities and rural places of all sizes across the country. The associate will help develop strategy to build and hone the organization’s brand and overall message; develop, write, edit, and design SGA’s numerous publications and reports; manage and fulfill work across SGA’s many programs, maintain relationships with media, manage our website and other online presences including social media; draft blog posts and email blasts on our issues and send them out to tens of thousands of people — covering a range of subjects including downtown revitalization, economic development, placemaking, transportation and transit-oriented development, and planning.

This opportunity features a great deal of responsibility, direct collaboration with our supporters, the opportunity to shape the direction of the movement to change how we build and grow, and valuable hands-on experience.

Position description

The ideal associate will be an exceptional writer and editor with subject matter expertise in transportation, development and smart growth. They are plugged into news about politics, planning, urbanism, and smart growth development and can turn that information into engaging content for our website, email lists and social media. Applicants should be detail-oriented managers who can juggle multiple projects and deadlines. They are dependable team players who can perform regular duties, but also enterprising and creative self-starters who can offer up new ideas for content or reports — generating new ideas for how to make our work even better.


 The Communications Associate’s primary responsibilities as part of a larger communications team include servicing a number of SGA’s programmatic areas on a project basis:

  • Writing and conceiving of compelling content for our website and email lists;
  • Writing, editing and formatting white papers, online reports, and publications;
  • Writing, formatting, and sending HTML email blasts;
  • Overseeing strategy and management of Smart Growth America’s social media;
  • Planning and managing frequent report releases;
  • Maintaining our calendar of external communications
  • Building relationships with reporters and bloggers; 


The candidate should have demonstrably excellent and rapid writing skills. Candidates should also have a basic understanding of HTML, and proficiency using a constituent relationship management database. (SGA uses Salsa and Salesforce.) Candidates should have a solid understanding of how non-profits use social media. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and CSS are a definite plus. Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree and be highly computer literate. A demonstrated interest in smart growth, urbanism, economic development, transportation, community growth or related areas is essential.

Compensation and location

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), and paid vacation and sick time. This position reports to the Communications Director.

To apply

For candidates that are serious about the position and possess the desired qualifications, please send a cover letter that includes a 140-character summary of what you would bring to the position, a resume with references, and two writing samples (500 words or less) to [email protected] with “Communications Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.