- New York
This position will help achieve organizational and campaign-specific goals by implementing creative, ambitious traditional communications plans that support the organizing and/or policy initiatives of FWA. This position will work closely with policy directors, organizing directors and field organizers to strategize, plan and implement communications tactics that forward the campaigns and elevate the identity of the organization, locally and nationally.
This position will be the day-to-day communications lead for a specific set of states where we work, as well as a specific portfolio of national policy advocacy we are pursuing. This position coordinates closely with other media relations team members and reports to the Director of Media, Public Relations & Publications.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In collaboration with the media relations team, plan and/or implement national, state and local media campaigns.
- Build and maintain relationships with media personnel, and place our news and opinion in desired media targets.
- 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 campaigns, and coordinate with communications staff and campaign staff on events, report deadlines, etc.
- In collaboration with the media relations team, develop messaging and press strategies for reports and campaigns.
- Collaborate with other media relations team members to devise and execute innovative new media initiatives.
- Respond to press inquiries, pitch stories to reporters and obtain op-ed placements and radio/TV interviews for staff experts.
- Participate in organization-level identity and messaging processes, as needed.
- Carry out other projects, as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has proven track record of securing top-tier and important niche news media coverage and established relationships with key journalists. This person has a robust media diet and understanding of what is newsworthy, as well as familiarity with national, regional and local media outlets.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- College degree required.
- 3-5 years relevant experience in communications/public relations related to politics, advocacy and/or issue work.
- A demonstrated experience in communications or politics, preferably linked to issue/advocacy campaigns.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team setting, with staff across the country.
- Proven success in placing or ability to place stories in traditional media outlets.
- Ability to work independently and proactively.
- Ability to work well with a wide range of people under pressure in a fast-paced, campaign-type environment.
- Ability to assist 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.
- Knowledge of food and water issues preferred.
- Experience with congressional and/or regulatory process a plus.
- Video and podcasting experience a plus.
- Demonstrable social media savvy.
- Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals and values of Food & Water Action.
- Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.
Compensation: Annualized at $45,000-$61,000, dependent upon experience.
Please click here to apply and include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.
We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. 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 individuals with disabilities to apply.