Director, Media Relations

04 Sep, 2022


Director, Media Relations

Edison Electric Institute
Washington, D.C.


We are Edison Electric Institute, the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for more than 235 million Americans and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 65 international electric companies, with operations in more than 90 countries, as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.


Our Operating Principles are designed to foster growth and to enable every employee to harness and demonstrate the Power by Association that EEI represents. We will always:

  • Create a Positive and Satisfying Work Environment – We will work together to create an environment that fosters professional growth.
  • Deliver High-Quality Service – We must be motivated to provide member service that is prompt, responsive, accurate, and credible.
  • Demonstrate Teamwork – We must embrace the concept of teamwork as achieved through effective communication, mutual respect, trust, creation of a sense of camaraderie, and cooperation on all tasks to meet customer needs.
  • Focus on Results – We must set priorities, seek results, and devise, manage, and use creative ways to define and to measure success in achieving those results effectively and efficiently.
  • Provide Value – We must strive to provide value to our member companies.
  • Put Our Customers First – Our primary customers are our member companies. Each of us must work to deliver quality service in a positive and professional manner and must strive to exceed customer expectations every time a service is provided.
  • Take Initiative – We are all empowered to take individual initiative and informed risk and to accept accountability in meeting the needs of our customers and of each other.


We have an exciting opportunity for a seasoned communications expert with our new Director, Media Relations position. This employee will be responsible for day-to-day communications and media outreach and relationship building to broaden awareness and increase the visibility of the electric power industry and EEI’s policy agenda. Must be able to work seamlessly across various teams to work with subject matter experts to respond to media inquiries on a wide range of issues and contribute to the execution of advocacy communication campaigns. The Director will be responsible for but not limited to the following:

  • Proactively work to build and grow relationships with national and trade reporters.
  • Handle incoming media inquiries, including requests about EEI’s position on a wide range of policy issues, requests for industry statistical and financial data, and requests for EEI publications, reports, and other materials.
  • Draft social media content, press releases, statements, media advisories, web stories, letters to the editor, media plans, and executive briefings on a wide variety of topics and policy issues impacting EEI and the electric power industry.
  • Identify and cultivate proactive media opportunities for EEI experts and industry leaders to help positively advance the industry’s messaging and policy objectives.
  • Help prepare EEI experts for media interviews.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations or other related field.
  • Eight to 10 years of applicable experience in communications, public relations, journalism, or press-related experience on Capitol Hill or in a trade association, PR agency, corporation, or government agency.
  • Energy experience is desired but not required.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • a fundamental understanding of government and public policy processes.
  • ability to quickly and competently digest and process complex industry issues.
  • ability to interact professionally with EEI staff, the news media, and member company officials;
  • ability to efficiently juggle complex tasks under deadline pressure.


The salary range for this role begins at $128,200. Starting annual salary will be determined on individual qualifications. EEI also offers an annual performance incentive which is prorated for mid-year start dates. This incentive is typically up to 10% of base salary. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness incentives and programs, transportation subsidy, and professional development opportunities.


Office Protocol/COVID-19

This is a hybrid position which requires the incumbent to reside in the District of Columbia metropolitan area and come into the office a minimum of two days each week. All employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or receive a medical or religious exemption..

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Job posted: 2022-09-04