Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit advocacy organization that champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. We are seeking a campaign-savvy Field Communications Officer to work out of our Chicago or Washington, D.C. office to implement fast-paced, rapid response media outreach strategies for national, regional and local campaigns to ban fracking label GMOs, stop the abuse of antibiotics on factory farms, and stop water privatization. This position will also support our common resources program, which looks critically at pollution trading and other market-based schemes to solve environmental problems, while highlighting the successes of regulations — like the Clean Water Act — in addressing environmental pollution.
This position reports to the Field Communications Director. The Field Communications Officer will work closely with the directors and regional organizers to plan and coordinate media and social media to advance their campaigns.
The person in this exciting, fast-paced, writing-intensive position will help organizers with the daily creation of press materials, including press releases, news advisories, pitch letters, talking points, letters to the editor, op-eds, blogs and Web and social media content.
Candidates must have at least three years of professional media relations and campaign experience, writing expertise, strong leadership skills, and the ability to multi-task and work quickly in a fast-paced advocacy and campaign environment. Additionally, strong social media experience and savvy is preferred, as is an equivalent experience at an advocacy organization.
- Lead the planning and implementation of media and social media campaigns.
- Build and maintain relationships with reporters, columnists, editorial writers and news and talk show producers who cover our issues.
- Plan and write press materials, including press releases, news advisories, pitch letters, editorial board memos, notes to press, talking points and web content.
- Develop and implement strategy for specific campaigns within the issue areas, and oversee/coordinate with communications staff and campaign staff on events, report deadlines, etc.
- Assist in message development and press strategy for reports and campaigns.
- Respond to press inquiries, pitch stories to reporters and obtain op-ed placements and radio/TV interviews for staff experts.
- Maintain media database, build new media lists and research new media contacts.
- Serve as one of several spokespeople for print, radio and TV media opportunities.
- Other duties as required.
- College degree required. A graduate degree in communications, a background in journalism or equivalent experience at an advocacy organization is preferred.
- Proven track record of securing top tier and important niche news media coverage and established relationships with key journalists preferred.
- At least three years of professional experience in communications linked to conducting media outreach on issue campaigns.
- Ability to work well with a wide range of people, under pressure, in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously.
- Quick and grammatically accurate writer and editor with a command of AP style.
- Knowledge of how the media works and what is newsworthy; familiarity with national, regional and state print and electronic media; familiarity with organizing strategies and advocacy techniques.
- Proven capacity to successfully frame and translate complex policy issues for both journalists and the public; experience creating talking points and media training staff a plus.
- Knowledge of Food & Water Watch issues preferred.
- Experience speaking on the record to media outlets.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills are required.
- Good computer skills are required, including proficiency with database programs.
- Video and podcasting experience a plus.
- Demonstrable social media savvy.
- Command of writing online for high conversion goals.
- Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch.
Competitive salary, depending upon experience. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to [email protected] with the subject: Field Communications Officer. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.