Here's a JOTW top-priority “Can't Wait” job opportunity in Washington,
*** From Sabrina Williams
1730 M Street, NW, #910
Ned, below is a job opening that I would be forever in your debt if you
would consider including with your “can't wait” job listings. Thank
Media Relations Specialist, Advancement Project, Washington DC
Experience and Core Competencies
Advancement Project, a Washington DC-based public policy and racial
justice action group, seeks a highly creative, skilled, and aggressive
media pro to join its communications team.
The ideal candidate has significant (at least 4 years) experience in
advocacy, campaign, social justice, civil rights, racial justice, and/or
political media relations work, outstanding strategic instincts,
excellent writing skills, a proven track record of successful media
placements. A strong interest in racial justice issues is essential. The
ability to lead initiatives, juggle competing priorities and work
effectively within teams and coalitions is important. A bachelor's
degree in communications/journalism or equivalent experience is
Day-to-day duties include targeting and outreach through news releases
and story pitching to print and broadcast media. The position is
fast-paced and challenging, and offers a wealth of opportunity to
increase and diversify skills and experience, exercise leadership and
Preferred: Civil Rights or Social Justice background or expertise;
Desired: Ability to communicate in Spanish.
The Media Relations Specialist will oversee strategic media campaigns
and media outreach of Advancement Project. S/he will manage media
relations to secure national, and state specific coverage. S/he must
also write their own pitches, draft opinion editorials and other
communications material, and assist in the training and support of all
staff who participate in media work.
Actively support/direct media relations efforts in support of
Advancement Project's campaigns to build a fair and just multi-racial
democracy in America include:
Ø Work with program staff to develop and supervise an overall
organizational plan for media work.
Ø Support the communications director and program team members in
their role as organizational spokespersons by developing talking points
and pitching press.
Ø Oversee production and maintenance of media lists and tracking of
Ø Organize and staff press events and editorial board visits.
Ø Play lead role in monitoring the conversation on race, especially
as expressed in mainstream media.
Ø Analyze relevant media coverage and disseminate analysis and
information to appropriate program staff.
Ø Create message guides, media strategies and summary media
Ø Develop and maintain relationships with key journalists in the
print and broadcast media who cover issues relative to the advocacy
objectives of Advancement Project.
Ø Write and develop press releases, op-ed pieces, analysis articles
and official statements; coordinate press conferences, mailings and
other related work.
Ø Assist staff with development of media skills.
Ø Initiate and maintain excellent working relationships with key
members of the media as well as effectively reaching out to new media
Ø Produce and manage media events such as press conferences,
reporter conference calls, and one-on-one interviews.
Ø Ability to assist in newsletter and report editing.
Ø Ability to travel.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION
The incumbent will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and
issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous
learning of the field. S/he will work effectively and collaboratively in
support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all
duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all
persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and
committed to Advancement Project's mission and goals.
We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package. Advancement
Project is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure
fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of
differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or
family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical
ability, or sexual orientation.
This position is located in Washington, DC.
Submit resume, cover letter, writing samples and three references to:
1730 M Street, NW, #910
Washington DC, 20036
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