Title: Reporter, Latin America Advisor

Reports to: Editor, Latin America Advisor

Job Description:

A Washington-based think tank, the Inter-American Dialogue engages our network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we work to shape policy debate, devise solutions and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere. Eighteen members of the Dialogue have served as presidents of their countries, and over three dozen have served at the cabinet level. For consecutive years, the University of Pennsylvania has ranked the Dialogue among the top 2 percent of US think tanks. London’s Prospect Magazine recently named the Dialogue “US Think Tank of the Year.” 

We are looking for a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor to write daily content and assist in the editorial production and dissemination of the publications.

The Latin America Advisor is the Inter-American Dialogue’s daily flagship publication. Focusing on the Western Hemisphere’s most pressing economic, political and business issues, the publications are targeted to informed CEOs and leaders invested in Latin America’s future. More than 100 of the Western Hemisphere’s largest and fastest-growing companies subscribe, including Apple, BMW, Citigroup, Google, McKinsey, Mitsubishi and Standard & Poor’s, as well as leading universities such as Harvard, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley and government agencies spanning four continents.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Identify and secure original commentaries from senior-level business leaders, economists, policy analysts and government officials for the publications’ daily Q&A feature.
  • Track and respond to substantive subscriber queries, which form the basis of the publications’ prominent Q&A section.
  • Write stories on breaking news as required by daily deadlines, and take assignments to cover a wide range of business, economic and political issues.
  • Work with the editorial team to plan content, cover events pertaining to Latin America and write related articles.
  • Develop ideas for features and in-depth analysis articles on issues of interest to readers.
  • Copyedit and proofread written material, and help translate content from Spanish and sometimes Portuguese into English.
  • Create original tables, charts and graphs, and take photos for publication.
  • Create both PDF and HTML editions of the Latin America Advisor using InDesign and Mailchimp
  • Post content on WordPress-based website, and use social media to expand the publications’ reach.
  • Maintain and expand a contact database of editorial sources.
  • Assist in newsletter distribution, which includes website and social media postings.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • This is an entry-level position for an individual with a demonstrated interest in journalism and in business, economic and political issues, specifically relating to Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Native-level fluency in Spanish, with time spent living in Central or South America.
  • Experience with multimedia, including video and podcast production.
  • Must have strong writing skills – preferably news writing – and be effective in interviewing senior executives and government officials in person and over the phone.
  • Must possess strong news judgment.
  • Skilled at quick-turnaround research and writing assignments.
  • Proficiency with desktop publishing (InDesign) and HTML (MailChimp) would be a plus. 

Candidate must be independent-minded and have ability to work autonomously with minimal direct supervision. The ideal candidate will also be reliable and highly organized, and also have superior attention to details and the ability to produce quality work while meeting deadlines. Other requirements include a bachelor’s degree, experience writing, copyediting and proofreading, and adeptness at internet research, using email, social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs) and Microsoft and Adobe products.

The Inter-American Dialogue is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter and two writing samples in English to jobs@thedialogue.org. Please indicate last name and position for which you apply in subject line.If you prefer, you may send the materials by fax or mail to Human Resources, Inter-American Dialogue, 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC  20005.  Fax: (202) 822-9553. No phone calls, please.