A JOTW “Can't Wait” job opportunity for June 7, 2007

Here's a JOTW top-priority “Can't Wait” job opportunity in Washington,


*** From Sabrina Williams

Communications Director

Advancement Project

1730 M Street, NW, #910

Washington DC

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

fuel creativity.

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

news coverage.

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.


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:

Sabrina Williams

Communications Director

Advancement Project

1730 M Street, NW, #910

Washington DC, 20036

E-mail: swilliams@advancementproject.org

Fax: 202/728-9558


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