Burness, a mission-driven communications firm committed to helping nonprofits advance social change, is seeking a recent graduate to support its client work and manage the Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications.  

The Karel Fellowship is a summer program that matches first-generation and/or minority college students with leading nonprofits in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, where they work on social justice issues under the guidance of a communications mentor.

The Program Administrator should see oneself as a young leader, someone who is excited about the opportunity to create opportunity for others, and has with the management skills to tend to the day-to-day functions required to keep a program running:

  • Recruit and select Fellows and hosts for next summer
  • Plan outings, events and learning sessions for the Fellows
  • Manage the budget and keep track of expenses
  • Create content for the website and social media channels
  • Act as the primary contact for the Fellows
  • Help with other administrative tasks

In addition to working with the program’s founder on Fellowship-related activities, the person will work with staff across the company, offering communications support to various clients. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, creating media lists, conducting online research on a variety of health policy topics, taking detailed notes at meetings, tracking news coverage, handling logistics for public events, pitching to reporters, and drafting content for social media and other platforms as needed.

The ideal candidate is a recent graduate with one or two years of office experience. Strong written and verbal communications skills are a must as is mastery of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT). The candidate must also be highly organized and detail-oriented. Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Canva, Mailchimp and basic HTML code is a plus. 

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@burness.com.