Senior Public Affairs Specialist (Contract)

21 Aug, 2021


Senior Public Affairs Specialist (Contract)

National Museum of African American History & Culture
Washington, DC

Job Description:


•    Possess knowledge and understanding of African American history and culture and possess demonstrated experience in managing media relations, and cultivating media coverage of issues and topics pertaining to African American history and culture in a museum, educational or cultural institution.
•    Work closely with and assist the Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist in responding to media requests and in helping develop tightly focused media plans.
•    Coordinate media responses, pitch timely newsworthy stories to the media, and do the research and fact gathering needed to write news releases, media advisories, briefing materials and other communication products for media consumption.
•    Monitor news coverage and cultivate strong working relationships with traditional news and entertainment media.
•    Respond in oral and written form to requests for information from members of the public, private organizations, media representatives, and other units.
•    Maintain video archives, collecting links to and clips of TV coverage and ensuring that the programing, and interviews with curators are filmed and archived.
•    Gather information, procure materials and/or produce customized materials as needed when appropriate materials do not exist.
•    Create up-to-date accurate information packages that may be distributed by mail, electronically and via handouts.
•    Ensure consistency of all communications materials with branding and style guidelines.
•    Research, write and edit news releases, fact sheets, photo credits and pitch documents to attract media coverage.
•    Coordinate publicity for appearances
•    Establish and maintain relations with news media representatives in order to generate positive and high volume news coverage of the activities and programs.
•    Organize and coordinate news media access to the facilities and staff, schedule on-site and telephone interviews, provide support materials as required, recording interviews for the archives, and keep records and files of media coverage for archives and for Web posting as needed.
•    Prepare briefing packages for staff for media interviews and speaking engagements.
•    Assist in developing and maintaining information and materials including visibility calendars, fact sheets, bios, exhibition and program brochures, reports, annual reports, media reports, PowerPoint presentations and, when appropriate, digital communications materials to sustain and increase communication with the general public and news media.
•    Serve as coordinator for all film crews and photography shoots in the gallery, offices, and collections storage sites; keep track of requests and filming contracts
•    Prepare contracts with outside film production companies, and make all logistical arrangements needed in support of film shoots and photo sessions.
•    Manage photo files, regularly monitoring the image collection to respond to requests from the media and to satisfy the requests from other divisions.
•    Procure images as necessary to meet demands and write captions for photos. Work with organizations requesting photos to ensure compliance with policies regarding the use of photographs.
•    Review photographs for quality and select the most appropriate for press kits and/or release to media representatives.
•    Collaborate with other offices to manage logistics for Media Briefings, securing appropriate furniture and equipment needed for media representatives and speakers.  Book photography services as needed for press briefings.
•    Provide supervisor with assistance in accomplishing administrative tasks of the Office of Public Affairs including managing contracts with vendors and consultants, maintaining clip files, completing Purchase Order requests and other financial transactions.
•    Represent the organization at meetings inside and outside the organization as needed.

To Apply:             Submit your resume via email to: as a Word Document or as a PDF with the subject line: Public Affairs Specialist – NMAAHC

Job posted: 2021-08-21