August 12, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: National School Choice Week, Press Secretary (Temporary, Miramar Beach, FL or telecommute)

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National School Choice Week is searching for a talented Press Secretary. This is a non-exempt, hourly position (approximately 40 hours per week) with a defined start date (September 1, 2013) and end date (February 28, 2014).

The Press Secretary will be responsible for working with NSCW’s team, partner organizations, and participating schools to generate positive media coverage for special events held during National School Choice Week 2014 (January 26 to February 1, 2014).

Under the direction of NSCW’s president, the Press Secretary will be responsible for writing and sending news releases; developing and placing opinion pieces; managing and maintaining media lists; using media management software, e-mail outreach systems, and fax broadcast programs to provide reporters and producers with information; scheduling interviews for NSCW spokespeople; making pre-event pitch telephone calls; and managing media interview calendars. 

Qualifications:

-- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related discipline

-- 2+ years of experience in front-line media relations

-- Excellent writer with ability to pass writing and editing test

-- Superior proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products, including Word and Excel

-- Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort with making telephone calls

-- Ability to work independently and with great accuracy

-- Previous experience working on a high-energy campaign environment

-- Basic knowledge of and support for education reform and school choice policy

TO APPLY: Send a resume, your requested hourly rate of pay, and one writing sample (news release) to Andrew Campanella at campanella@schoolchoiceweek.com with the subject line: Press Secretary. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Note: This position is located in Miramar Beach, Florida, if the incumbent chooses to relocate. However, we are willing to accommodate requests to telecommute/work from remote locations across the country.  (PF tipster)

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