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Press Secretary, Communications
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better government and a stronger democracy. We believe that our future and our democracy depend on our ability to solve big problems—and that we need an effective federal government to do so. For more than 20 years, we have helped make this vision a reality, helping our government—the public institution most fundamental to our democracy—address current and future challenges.
Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core we share a lot of the same traits. We are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.
Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:
- Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government
- People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect
- Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results
- Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible
We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process.
As it continues to grow and broaden its impact, the Partnership for Public Service seeks a Press Secretary to develop and execute creative media strategies that will successfully communicate the organization’s mission, programs, research and priorities. The Press Secretary will cultivate relationships with the media, generate and pitch ideas for national stories, and come up with creative tactics to help the Partnership’s work breakthrough in a crowded media landscape. This position will be responsible for drafting communication materials that will include email pitches, talking points, press statements, media advisories and new releases. As the primary point of contact for the media, the Press Secretary will work with and prepare Partnership spokespeople for interviews, staff media appearances, and track and evaluate media outreach activities.
A well-qualified candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of public service and a deep commitment to the Partnership’s mission and will bring at least eight to 10 years of experience developing and implementing earned media strategies and outreach. Leveraging their expertise and relationships, the candidate will have a proven track record of executing high-quality communications work in a fast-paced environment. In short, the the Partnership is seeking an experienced professional who is a creative and strategic thinker and brings a breadth of expertise that will enable them to successfully advance the Partnership’s mission through proactive and reactive media relations.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with the Vice President of Communications and other members of the senior leadership team to develop and implement a media relations strategy that furthers the Partnership’ mission and programs and positions the Partnership as a thought leader on government reform issues.
- Conduct proactive media outreach on Partnership research reports, government affairs initiatives and other key programs, including the Service to America Medals, the Center for Presidential Transition, Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, etc.
- Ensure that the Partnership is positioned and viewed as the ‘go to’ resource for journalists and other media seeking to write about the federal government.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for all media inquiries, respond to and help shape the stories from journalists’ who contact the Partnership with story ideas, and arrange for interviews with appropriate Partnership staff and provide meaningful background materials or referrals, as needed.
- Generate story ideas, target press outreach to specific audiences and liaise with national, regional and good government media.
- Develop press opportunities for the Partnership’s President and CEO and other executive leadership and make use of a wide range of tactics to increase the Partnership’s visibility, credibility and influence.
- Write media collateral, including email pitches, media advisories, news releases, public service announcements, talking points, among others.
- Develop and maintain relationships with federal public affairs officers to manage media relations outreach, especially in support of the Service to America Medals and Best Places to Work in the Federal Government annual rankings.
- Work with the Vice President of Communications to contribute to the overall communication strategy and direction for the organization.
- Coordinate with other members of the communications team to ensure media outreach and responses are consistent with the Partnership’s mission, and communications strategy and tactics.
- An organized self-starter with strong time management and strategic planning skills.
- Detailed-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to work under pressure and manage various priorities and deadlines.
- Ability to translate complex topics and issues into compelling messaging.
- Consistent, sound judgment and decision-making skills.
- Strategic with the ability to evaluate and successfully select alternative methods of messaging based on the target audience.
- Flexible and collaborative with an ability to work well across different teams and departments and excel in a matrix management environment.
- A creative and resourceful thinker who is extremely proactive and can think on their feet.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to handle challenges and obstacles with tact, diplomacy and flexibility.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong news judgment and political savviness.
- Strong leadership and management skills.
- Commitment to the values of public service, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the mission of the Partnership for Public Service.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
- At least 8-10 years background with progressively more responsible roles and experience in media relations, preferably working with a nonprofit or a political or advocacy organization.
- Successful development of media relations strategies, a proven track record of pitching and earning national and trade media coverage.
- Strong experience developing and maintaining professional relationships with media, and established relationships with journalists, especially in Washington D.C.
- Experience working at and with senior leaders in crafting and delivering external messaging via multiple channels.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (journalism, communications, public relations, etc.) or similar field or combination of experience and education in professional work or military experience.
This position will report to the Vice President of Communications and will supervise a Press Associate.
This job operates in a hybrid (remote + office) environment in Washington, DC. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner.
POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK
This is a full-time position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Occasional evening or weekend activities may be required. Please note that Partnership allows flexibility in work schedules.
If travel occurs, it is usually during the business day. Very little out of the area and/or overnight travel will be required.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The starting salary range for this position is $85,000 – $125,000. The Partnership offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary; medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; long- and short-term disability insurance; a 401(k) program with a 4 percent employer match; opportunities for training and development; 15 days of annual leave per year, 10 days of sick leave per year, plus all federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving off; and use of an on-site exercise facility.
The Partnership is an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.
All Partnership employees, regardless of position or physical location, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment. For new employees, a simple unnotarized copy of the official vaccination card or a notarized COVID-19 Vaccination Form attesting to full vaccination must be provided to human resources within two weeks after the start date.
If you believe you qualify for an exception from the requirements of this policy, for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs, you must provide a letter (on letterhead) from your doctor or clergy to the Vice President of Human Resources. The Partnership will explore potential reasonable accommodations for you that would not cause undue hardship to the Partnership. However, such reasonable accommodations are not required and cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that the hiring process for this position will include a written exercise.
How to Apply
Job posted: 2022-04-23