job description

Communications Associate

The Organization: The Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI) was established in 2022 to conduct interdisciplinary, comparative research on innovative practices in policy and governance that can strengthen societal resilience in the Asia Pacific. CAPRI is based both in Taipei and at the Miller Center of Public Affairs of the University of Virginia. As a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, international organization, CAPRI’s current work focuses on identifying and meeting challenges to resilience at the intersection of health, economic growth, and environmental sustainability, particularly in the high-income societies of the region. CAPRI’s vision is to become a leading international think tank that promotes global discourse and provides Asia-Pacific perspectives on improving governance and addressing these challenges. CAPRI’s mission is to provide informed and insightful policy analysis to governments, academic and business leaders, the news media, civil society organizations, and the informed public in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide. CAPRI’s initial funding in Taiwan has been provided by some of Taiwan’s leading corporations and philanthropists. Initial funding in the United States has been provided through a gift to the Miller Center by Taiwan’s representative office in Washington, DC. CAPRI’s founding board of directors includes policy analysts as well as corporate and civic leaders from Europe, Taiwan, and the United States, and it is chaired by CAPRI’s founder Professor Syaru Shirley Lin, a former partner at Goldman Sachs and a faculty member at the University of Virginia, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National Chengchi University in Taiwan. CAPRI’s work will be guided by an International Advisory Council chaired by Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister of Australia.

Research Partners: CAPRI serves as the Asia-Pacific hub for several international organizations involved in policy research and advocacy on the challenges to economic, health, and environmental resilience posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and on policies that can increase resilience, improve governance, and prepare societies for future challenges. These research partners include the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC; the Miller Center of Public Affairs in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Reform for Resilience Commission, headquartered at the Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University; and the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR), initiated by the World Economic Forum and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The Opportunity: CAPRI is seeking a Communications Associate committed to driving policy impact and interdisciplinary dialogue in the Asia Pacific. The Communications Associate will join CAPRI’s team of globally-minded individuals to develop the Center’s brand and promote Asia-Pacific perspectives on public policy and governance in new and traditional media, in both English and Chinese. The Associate will assist the Executive Director and Director of Communications in initiating and maintaining relations with media outlets within and outside Taiwan. The Associate will also work with the Center’s research team to share its findings and policy recommendations in digital content campaigns and social media. The Associate will be primarily responsible for tracking digital content and campaigns for CAPRI across social media platforms. As part of this start-up nonprofit, the Associate will also contribute to project coordination by designing materials for other initiatives according to CAPRI’s brand and target audiences in the Asia Pacific and beyond.


  • Assist the Director of Communications in developing creative ways for CAPRI to communicate its research findings, publicize its events, and promote key messages to target audiences on various media and communication platforms
  • Create and share digital content on CAPRI’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts
  • Creatively develop new strategies for communicating CAPRI’s messages and findings on various media platforms
  • Harmonize CAPRI’s efforts and strategy with those of its research partners (e.g., the Reform for Resilience Commission and the PHSSR) on communication related to joint projects
  • Assist CAPRI staff with the planning and logistics of independent and joint events, both online and in person
  • Assist the Director of Communications in identifying, initiating, and maintaining relations with media outlets and journalists within and outside Taiwan
  • Assist the Executive Director, and Directors of Research, Administration, and External Affairs in other operational, developmental, and administrative tasks as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences with an interest in communications and governance
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills, including reading, writing, and speaking Chinese or English
  • Ability to express highly complex or academic concepts and research findings in an attractive, persuasive format to reach target audiences
  • Ability to work successfully within a small, flat, start-up organizational structure
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years’ work experience in administration, marketing, communication, public relations, or related work in a nonprofit organization
  • Intellectual curiosity in the Asia Pacific, especially in public policy
  • Experience running social media in Chinese and English for a nonprofit or academic organization
  • Creativity, flexibility, and strategic thinking
  • Experience in graphic design and using design software

Location: The Communications Associate will work out of CAPRI’s office in Taipei City, with occasional opportunities to travel to Charlottesville and other places where CAPRI has research partners.

Salary: Competitive; determined in light of position-related experience, professional accomplishments, and education.

To apply, please send the following materials to [email protected]:

  1. Your résumé/CV
  2. A brief statement of interest
  3. Four samples of your social media, creative, or academic writing (in either Chinese or English)
  4. Contact information for two professional or academic references