Associate, Communications

at George W. Bush Presidential Center
Location Dallas
Date Posted June 23, 2020
Category Public Relations
Job Type Full-time


Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.

Essential Responsibilities

Team Support:

  • Work collaboratively with the other staff members to understand and promote their respective events and programs
  • Assist with the development and execution of communications plans
  • Organize and submit billing and processing for External Affairs-wide resources
  • Track and manage the team-wide project management system

Content Logistics:

  • Manage the photo database
  • Work with the Manager, Communications to implement social media strategy
  • Work with the Manager, Marketing to execute marketing buys, including Google Ad Words
  • Work with the Director, Communications to coordinate logistics for The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas 

Media Relations and Logistics:

  • Monitor and update elements for Bush Center press materials
  • Maintain, update and cultivate media databases
  • Manage media logistics and coordination for Bush Center events
  • Scan news for opportunities to promote the work of the Bush Institute through traditional and digital media
  • Compile and distribute clip reports

Analysis and Research:

  • Compile and analyze communications resources wide statistics for the organization (digital, social and traditional)
  • Conduct research in publishing and for story generation

Other duties as assigned.


The qualified candidate will possess:

  • At least one to five years of experience in a communications role and have a bachelor’s degree or more.
  • A successful track record in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization is a prerequisite.
  • Advanced knowledge of Cision and all Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the Bush Center.

Additionally, the qualified candidate will:

  • Be a smart, energetic, self-starter and team player.
  • Possess experience in communicating policy work to a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a strategic thinker and creative marketer.
  • Retain the ability to work on cross-functional teams in both leadership and member roles.
  • Operate as a calculated risk taker.
  • Evidence an exceptionally strong attention to detail.
  • Be able to maintain regular, dependable attendance at the office.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.

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