State Communications Lead

02 Sep, 2020


State Communications Lead

American Petroleum Institute
Harrisburg, PA


Serve as communications lead for API Pennsylvania. Work with API Pennsylvania and API headquarters to research, write, and distribute materials for use by external and internal audiences to promote API’s public messages and missions. Engage with the media to promote the benefits of and defend the natural gas and oil industry, assist member company representatives with public relations issues as they arise. Find and promote opportunities to deliver API messages to strategic audiences by leveraging API’s communications assets through earned and paid media. Engage and work with third parties, non-traditional and traditional allies to promote API’s strategic initiatives.


•    Develop public statements, talking points, strategic communications plans, and other advocacy materials as needed to promote API Pennsylvania’s strategic initiatives.

•    Assist in rapid response efforts to ensure API’s message is part of the issue conversation.

•    Provide strategic counsel for communicating with the public and with policymakers.

•    Assist in preparing spokespeople for interviews and appearances.

•    Provide media relations counsel to API Pennsylvania and API headquarters as needed.

•    Develop issue management strategies and approaches to help meet communications objectives.

•    Engage and work with grassroots organizations, coalitions, allied trade associations, non-traditional allies, etc. to promote API’s strategic initiatives.


•    5+ years of communications experience

•    Outstanding writing/editing skills with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

•    Considerable knowledge of policy issues, State Legislatures, Congress, the Executive Branch, and political debate

•    Talent for distilling complex issues into understandable, relevant messages

•    Ability to work on a variety of topics under tight deadlines

•    Ability to provide informed media counsel

•    Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or relevant field

This position is based in API’s Harrisburg, PA office. Due to COVID-19, all API employees are temporarily working remotely.

This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.

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Job posted: 2020-09-02