September 10, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Brookings Institution, Communications Officer (Washington, DC)

BrookingsBrookings seeks to fill the position Communications Officer in the Metropolitan Policy Program.

Basic Function

The Communications Officer, in close collaboration with and under the supervision of the Associate Director of Communications, is responsible for developing and implementing effective communications strategies that increase the visibility of the work, impact, and brand of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and its Vice President. Facilitate and maintain relationships with journalists for the Vice President and other senior researchers within the program. Prepare the Vice President for media appearances, staff the Vice President, and serve as a key advisor to the Vice President, his Chief of Staff, and others on communications-related activities. Implement digital media strategies, including social media that will ensure the Vice President and MPP program are using innovative tools to reach key audiences and support overall goals related to program visibility and impact. Work closely with the Central Communications department, ensuring that efforts to elevate the work of the program are coordinated.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • 70% Media Relations
    • With MPP leadership and the Associate Director of Communications, develop and implement strategy to maximize impact of media outreach efforts to elevate the work, the impact, and the brand of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
      Develop and cultivate relationships with targeted media, working closely with the Associate Director of Communications, the Vice President, his Chief of Staff, and other scholars as warranted.
    • Pitch story ideas to reporters, editors, and producers. 
    • Work with reporters on their story ideas related to MPP priorities. 
    • Maintain thorough familiarity with key reporters, their beats, and what they are writing about in order to pitch them effectively.
    • Support Vice President in his efforts to maintain meaningful contact with reporters, editors, and producers.
    • Use knowledge of current events, MPP’s research, and Vice President’s interests to prepare Vice President for interviews and other media appearances.
    • Develop system to effectively track media outreach efforts. 
    • Write or oversee the writing of press advisories and releases, op-eds, blog posts, fact sheets and other materials used for public dissemination.
    • Develop background materials, briefings, Q and As, talking points, media analysis and other collateral material.
    • Support and assist with media training for MPP spokespersons as well as p-artners/ spokespersons outside of Brookings.
    • 20% Digital Media and Media Infrastructure
      • Manage digital media, including social media efforts for the Vice President. 
        Serve as resource on the latest in digital technology that could be incorporated into MPP’s communications efforts, advising other MPP researchers on effective new and social media tools.
      • Work in partnership with MPP communications staff to ensure that media-related materials are posted to the website in a timely manner.
      • Coordinate and serve as a contact for media efforts as appropriate with BI media relations team.
      • 10% Management
        • Assist with managing other members of Media Relations team, particularly staffers working on projects related to the office of the Vice President.
        • Assist in the management of relationships with key Metro Program partners. 
        • Serve as back up for Associate Director of Communications when needed. 

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Knowledge Requirements

Ability to foster creative ideas to help increase media coverage and create new opportunities for outreach and dissemination of MPP reports and research. Strong writing and editing skills; strong multi-tasking skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. Can determine newsworthiness of key research and is able to track and respond to broad trends in media coverage. Ability to understand and accurately summarize public policy research; good organizational and strong interpersonal skills; and comfort working with a small team (5-member staff). An interest and familiarity with important urban and metropolitan issues and trends preferred.

Education / Experience Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in economics, political science, public policy or liberal arts; background in the field of public relations. At least six years’ experience in communications and/or media relations with extensive media contacts. Non-profit and/or agency experience preferable, but not required. Ability to speak knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media, key and high level partners including state, local and federal policy makers and broad general audience. Experience working in digital communications preferred.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (Mediabistro)

September 01, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury Public Affairs, Director / Vice President, Public Relations (Washington, DC)

Mercury logoPosition: Director / Vice President – Public Relations, International Division

Description: Mercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a sharp, driven, team-oriented strategist for its international team in the public relations division. The position will center on issues management and overarching strategy and messaging development as well as pitching press for all international clients.

The ideal candidate should be able to:

-Oversee multiple existing client accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-Develop connections with key media and other influencers

The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable regarding:

-Traditional and digital public relations

-Project management, including the creation and execution of communications plans

-International relations and current foreign policy issues

-Experience pitching press

The ideal candidate should have:

-5-8 years of professional experience, particularly work in an agency setting

-A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism political science or international relations. Master’s degree in related field is a plus.

-An outgoing, outsized personality, with the desire to constantly build upon existing and create new relationships with media and secure media placements

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, federal government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. The firm has an established national presence, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to internationaljobs14@gmail.com.  Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

August 21, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Blue Engine Message & Media, Writer / Communications Strategist (Washington, DC)

Blue Engine Message & Media logoBlue Engine Message & Media is seeking a talented writer and communications strategist to join the team servicing a growing and dynamic stable of clients.  Primarily, candidates applying for this position must demonstrate a talent for writing short form and long form products, writing for digital and traditional platforms, and writing quickly, efficiently, and succinctly on a wide variety of topics. Candidates should be accustomed to periods of intense activity, tight deadlines and pressure situations.  Candidates should have the skills to interface with multiple clients and manage projects simultaneously. Previous campaign experience, Capitol Hill experience or agency experience welcome. 

 Qualifications: 

  • At least two years of communications or public relations experience
  • Significant media relations experience with proven results and experience working with reporters
  • Familiarity with the professional use of digital media channels
  • Results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile for clients
  • Experience developing and editing high-quality written materials

Blue Engine Message & Media specializes in strategic public affairs communications, reputation management and crisis communications for corporate, non-profit and industry advocacy clients.  All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to info@blueenginemedia.com.  (PF tipster)

August 04, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Coordinator, Media Relations, Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago, IL)

Chicago Blackhawks logoThe Chicago Blackhawks are currently looking for a Media Relations Coordinator with strong media contacts in the Chicagoland area and a solid knowledge of the game of hockey.

General Responsibilities:

Assist media relations efforts by creating and producing effective off-ice media interest in human interest stories and team initiatives with community relations, tickets, youth hockey and corporate sponsorships, while also coordinating the department’s day to day on-ice media responsibilities.

Specific Duties:

  • Assist the Senior Director, Communications & Community Relations as well as the Director, Public Relations with all media related responsibilities.
  • Write and distribute press releases and media advisories for all on-ice and off-ice activities, including games, ticket sales, marketing, corporate sponsorship, youth hockey, community relations.
  • Manage media servicing, including press lounge on practice and game days, and press box on game nights.
  • Manage credentialing operations for all Blackhawks events, including but not limited to practices, games, Prospect Camp and Blackhawks Convention.
  • Track media coverage of all Blackhawks events and announcements through daily news clippings (distributed to front office staff electronically) and news clippings archive.
  • Compose media notes for all games (home and away) and produce/distribute Blackhawks Gameday document on game days.
  • Coordinate all hockey information services for media including daily maintenance of the Blackhawks media website and distribution of hard copies of statistics/news clippings/game notes on practice and game days.
  • Assist with story ideas of both traditional and non-traditional/human interest stories to media contacts.
  • Manage media for public appearances by Blackhawks players/coaches/executives, both in advance of the event and on-site at the event.
  • Manage full-time and game night interns for the Media & Public Relations department.
  • Manage television/radio broadcast recaps for each game.
  • Some travel will be necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned 

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Yes/No- I currently reside in the Chicagoland area.

2. Yes/No- I have experience in media relations within a hockey environment

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

July 17, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: First Book, Communications Director (Washington, DC)

First Book logoDo you have a private sector head and a public sector heart?  First Book is looking for a Communications Director to help lead First Book’s marketing and communications efforts, working with multiple departments to develop and execute communications strategies that support outreach to educators and nonprofit networks, corporate partnerships, fundraising campaigns and volunteer outreach. The Communications Director provides day-to-day leadership and guidance for the communications team, working with the Vice President of Communications and First Book’s executive leadership team. 

The Communications Director also helps manage and oversee First Book’s brand and identity, ensuring that copy, print collateral, websites and outbound communications are consistent, effective and appropriately reflect the organization’s growing mission.

A primary duty of the Communications Director is media outreach: developing and executing successful pitch strategies to press, particularly business, publishing and education media outlets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

The Communications Director will:

  • Work closely with the communications staff to create and manage marketing and communications efforts that support First Book’s partnership and program teams
  • Develop a successful media outreach strategy and secure regular, high-profile placement in business, general interest and trade press
  • Coordinate communications projects with partners and vendors
  • Oversee email marketing and social media programs with clear conversion goals
  • Provide writing and editing support for outbound member and partner communications, including promotional materials, web content, newsletters and other materials
  • Participate in working groups to plan, coordinate and execute original communications products and publications related to special events, programs and other outreach
  • Develop content; reviews and edits drafts of correspondence, reports, and brochures for mass distribution; draft communications pieces for distribution to members, prospects, the general public, volunteer support groups, corporate partners and special interest groups
  • Track media coverage 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including writing and editing effective, compelling copy for a wide variety of channels and audiences
  • Ability to perform quality work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
  • Knowledge of media relations and public relations strategies
  • Knowledge of effective branding and marketing strategies
  • Experience with the strategic integration of social media in communications plans
  • Demonstrated ability to hire, mentor and motivate staff
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues on various teams, across different levels of seniority
  • A strong working knowledge of graphic design, web design, email marketing and social media
  • A commitment to social justice

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: 

  • Seven or more years of experience in communications and marketing
  • Three or more years in a supervisory role
  • Various technical skills are strongly preferred: online content management, basic web coding, graphic design and layout, and desktop publishing  

A bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications, or a related field is required

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

June 17, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: AFL-CIO, State Communications Director

AFL-CIO logoOVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Communications Department carries the voice of America’s working families to the media, to leaders and to the general public through earned and social media, online platforms and other communications vehicles.

The State Communications Director will be responsible for the strategic direction of the department, specifically including but not limited to:

  • Leading strategy for field communications at the national and state levels and building communications capacity in the field, developing programs and trainings on national message and communications approaches;
  • Managing and developing field communications and state communications staff;
  • Managing the development of training and booking of worker spokespeople;
  • Helping develop message strategy and cohesion for the AFL-CIO with allies, and affiliates and represent the AFL-CIO among allies and other organizations for the Communications department.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Expectations

  1. Develop and implement plans for unions to reconnect with and win higher approval from key public audiences through a robust communications strategy using the full range of media in states across the country;
  2. Oversee field communications staff in developing messages and communications support for repositioning unions, bargaining and organizing campaigns, state battles, political and legislative campaigns as well as other programs and mobilization
  3. Oversee the writing and execution of news releases and toolkits and the development and placement of op-eds;
  4. Develop and oversee national communications trainings that can be replicated across the country;
  5. Proactively identify opportunities for message cohesion opportunities among affiliates and allies;
  6. Manage and develop the  field communications staff and a network of communicators across the country;
  7. Train and lead staff at varying levels;
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Liaison

  1. Work with communicators at the affiliate, state and local levels to plan media events, coordinate consistent message delivery and provide communications support for activities of the labor movement at every level.
  2. Work with communicators at allied organizations and with elected leaders and activists on media and communications strategy around joint efforts and initiatives.
  3. Work with the Campaigns, Political, Organizing and other departments as needed to ensure the delivery of communications support.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or other related field required.
  • Minimum of five to six years performing pro-active media outreach and communications.
  • Experience with advocacy organizations a plus.
  • Familiarity of labor movement required, with labor movement experience preferred.
  • Excellent leadership skills including experience managing or leading a staff team.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Superior writing skills including experience writing Op-Eds, press releases, fact sheets and other media related materials.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills.
  • Strong commitment to social justice.
  • Flexibility to travel as required in performance of duties.
  • Ability to work long and extended hours including on weekends.

TO APPLY: http://aflcio.hirecentric.com/jobs/ (PF tipster)

June 02, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Deputy Director of Communications (Washington, DC)

FDD logoThe Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a Deputy Director of Communications to provide strategic support and assist in day-to-day press operations.

S/he will help generate earned media and position FDD experts as thought leaders; evaluate content for our daily Hotsheet; prepare FDD officials for interviews; respond to incoming media requests; compose press releases and advisories; develop and maintain media lists; track press coverage; and lead projects as needed. S/he will also work closely with the executive team, senior fellows, and government relations department.

Qualifications include a minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in a political or policy-oriented communications capacity; an understanding of how print, broadcast and online media approach reporting; a track record of success in pitching print and broadcast media; excellent communication skills; strong analytical and organizational skills; and a strong interest in FDD’s areas of expertise. Detail oriented professionals with a commitment to accountability and a desire to work collaboratively will be successful in this role.

FDD is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@defenddemocracy.org. The cover letter should include what issues within FDD’s areas of expertise are of a personal interest. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.  (PF tipster)

May 13, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Senior Media Relations Specialist (Memphis, TN)

St Jude children's research hospital logoThe St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a Senior Media Relations Specialist.

Job requirements:

The Senior Media Relations Specialist will generate national media coverage highlighting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s unique approach to clinical care and the impact of our research. The position will identify news and feature stories and develop supporting materials, identify the most effective outlets, and engage with reporters to increase the visibility of St. Jude subject matter experts and expand St. Jude's national/international reputation as a world-class clinical care and research institution. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of media placement in major consumer markets in addition to executing a national media communications strategy. Must have the ability to function effectively in a collaborative and matrix environment, and to establish and maintain strong, positive relationships internally and externally. 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

• Bachelor's degree required, with a preference for a degree in communication, public relations, journalism or marketing.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

• Five (5) years of experience working in media relations, print or broadcast journalism or any combination of these roles.
• Experience working with local, regional and national media and a proven track record of placements within national outlets utilizing consumer and/or medical scientific media is required.
• Experience working in a health care or scientific setting is preferred.
• Experience in integrating social media and online media strategies are preferred.

TO APPLY: Visit: https://jobs.stjude.org/css_external/CSSPage_Referred.ASP?Req=31458&s_cid=233172 (Mediabistro)

May 12, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Microsoft, Senior Public Relations Manager (Washington, DC)

Microsoft logoThe Public Affairs and Citizenship PR team drives Microsoft’s communications across all public policy, legal and citizenship topics. We are seeking a Sr. PR Manager to join our public affairs team focused on telling our story to US government and public policy audiences through media relations, events, social media outreach and other tactics. This role reports to the Senior Public Relations Manager (DC) and is based in DC.

The role of Sr. PR Manager will also help support new and existing initiatives at the federal level, as described below.

> PR engagement and support of increasingly key topics at the Federal and state level, including STEM education, innovation, immigration, privacy and security and patents especially in relation to economic growth and job creation;

> PR coordination and issue management with the USGA federal and state teams, US Public Sector, US subsidiary communications team and others as appropriate on national political/policy topics that arise on the state level. Potential areas of collaboration include Citizenship programs and education policy initiatives to promote computer science education;

> PR build-up of social media tools and other “marketing” initiatives to support the USGA team, including showcasing the DC Innovation & Policy Center and materials to support Federal outreach efforts;

> PR engagement and support of Microsoft activities relating to the 2014 and 2016 election cycles; and

> Serve as a partner across company to increase understanding of national political and public policy issues and provide communications guidance to other divisions on ways to achieve Microsoft goals in this environment.

Credentials

The successful candidate for this position has 6+ years of experience in communications targeted to the Federal level, particularly Capitol Hill. Experience working in the Executive Branch, political campaigns, think tanks/advocacy organizations and public relations firms are a plus.

He or she will have excellent written and speaking skills, a proven track record of implementing communications strategies to advance advocacy positions in collaboration with diverse teams, and a bachelor’s degree from a four year university or college.

TO APPLY: Visit here -- http://www.microsoft-careers.com/job/Washington-Sr_-Public-Relations-Manager-Job-DC-20001/56117800/.  (PF tipster)

April 28, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Redskins, Social Media Coordinator (Ashburn, VA)

Redskins helmetsThe Washington Redskins are seeking a creative and qualified individual to support the Digital Media department, with the primary focus on the day to day content on the Redskins social media platforms and cultivate fan interaction, engagement and discussion around the Redskins team brand.

The right individual must take great pride in their work and pay strong attention to detail. Applicant must have a strong understanding of social media platforms and digital trends. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, while keeping organized and maintaining high standards in all work. Needs to be able to work as part of a team or individually. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Produce unique daily content and initiate fan discussion and engagement via social posts on various Redskins social media platforms, including: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pintrest, Reddit, foursquare and UStream
  • Develop and execute initiatives to drive member-generated content, increase community participation and add value to the online community experience
  • Create and manage sponsored pages and posts, including social contests, sweepstakes and promotions
  • Provide analytics to communicate fan engagement and activity to both internal and external clients through daily, weekly and monthly reports in order to help track success and areas of improvement for all social initiatives
  • Identify and drive opportunities for emerging social platforms and potential new vendor relationships that can add value to social sites
  • Manage and monitor media channels for fan commenting, spam and content issues
  • Research ways to improve the Redskins social media platforms and integration on Redskins.com and other team microsites
  • Manage content updates and monitor functionality on the Redskins Team Mobile App and Redskins Cheerleader Mobile App, including rosters, photos, videos, promotions and push messaging
  • Responsible for pushing out mobile text alerts and maintaining mobile database
  • Help to identify Redskins fan groups and encourage displaced fans to join Redskins Meetup groups, contribute content to Redskins Rally, and participate through various social media platforms
  • Manage and grow the Redskins Rally network of bar/restaurant owners, plus assist with updates to RedskinsRally.com and serve as point of contact for existing Redskins bars and fan groups
  • Assist with planning, promotion and execution of Redskins Rally events, which may include attendance on Sundays in season, and distribution of Redskins Rally Welcome Kits and prizing to all network affiliates
  • Assist with documenting various Redskins events and uploading pictures, videos and blog content onto Redskins.com and the team social sites.
  • Assist with other duties as necessary

Qualifications:

  • Thorough understanding and familiarity of primary social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Must possess superior writing skills and editorial judgment
  • Detail-oriented and strong organization and project management skills
  • Polite, positive, self-starter who works well with others
  • Strong knowledge of and passion for both football and social media
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Actively follow new technology trends and apply to Redskins digital strategy where appropriate
  • Basic familiarity with video and photo file formats
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) are required; proficiency in HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, and video editing (iMovie or FinalCut Pro) is preferred 

Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Sports Management, Communications, Journalism, or related and appropriate majors
  • Must have at least 1-2 years’ experience working in a digital media role with a high-profile brand
  • Must provide own means of transportation to Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia
  • Must be willing and able to work non-traditional hours in non-traditional settings during peak times of the year

The Washington Redskins offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. If you wish to become a part of this exciting, fast paced organization and you meet the requirements listed above, please apply.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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