Associate, Editorial and Communications

at The George W. Bush Presidential Center (view profile)
Location Dallas
Date Posted July 3, 2024
Category Editing / Writing
Job Type Full-time



Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution advancing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. The Bush Center is comprised of the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies at home and abroad. Through policy solutions and public engagement programs, the Bush Center promotes ideas and conversations that reinforce the promise of America.


Essential Responsibilities

The Associate, Editorial and Communications will join the George W. Bush Presidential Center to support our ongoing editorial, public engagement, and media relations work. This position is a non-remote position at the Bush Center in Dallas.  The specific responsibilities include:



  • Support all Bush Center publications, in particular The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute, as well as the Five for Friday email newsletter, subject-area newsletters, The Strategerist podcast, and short and long form content
  • Work alongside publication owners to schedule interviews with internal and external experts, select and license images, create headlines / leads, select key quotes, curate related content, and build the work into the Bush Center’s CMS
  • Write and produce content in line with the Bush Center’s mission, particularly for its Public Engagement work, including but not limited to compelling web and advertisement copy
  • Work with the Business Intelligence Analyst to identify key reporting metrics and ensure delivery of reports while building recommendations based on the data
  • Manage timelines and deadlines, including tracking and reviewing the publication and events calendars
  • Complete other duties as assigned or necessary


Content distribution

  • Work closely with the communications team to coordinate promotional efforts for The Catalyst, including writing and producing issue email alerts, coordinating social efforts, and helping to identify other potential opportunities.


Media Relations

  • Focused on the Bush Center’s public engagement mission, build local media relationships that enable effective story pitching and positive media coverage for Bush Center programming, events, and museum exhibits.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience in content production and media relations
  • Strong written communication skills, with a knack for taking complex ideas and making them accessible and compelling to a broad range of audiences
  • Evidence an exceptionally strong attention to detail and a commitment to highest standards of quality
  • Understanding of SEO basics
  • Familiarity with AP Style
  • Comfort with analytics – pulling reports, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and delivering reports
  • Strong verbal communication skills and professionalism
  • Strong computer skills, including basic photo and video editing and entering content into a CMS
  • HTML/CSS skill a strong plus. Javascript, PHP a plus.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.


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.


Position:           Associate, Editorial and Communications

FLSA Status:    Exempt

Reports to:       Director, Communications and Marketing

Department:    Finance & Operations

Division:           Communications and Marketing



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