Organization: Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11/09/2023
Title: State & Regional Press Secretary (Spanish language preferred)
Reports to: Communications Director
Hours: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Washington, DC (candidates based in NY, FL, TX, CA, or CO will be considered)
Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, GIFFORDS is a nonprofit organization whose team is on a mission to save lives from gun violence. GIFFORDS is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
GIFFORDS is seeking a State & Regional Press Secretary to join our team. The State & Regional Press Secretary is an experienced political communications professional and a senior member of the Communications team who will be responsible for promoting our mission, work, and principals across media markets and advancing the gun violence prevention agenda nationally. The position is a senior member of the press team and will work closely with the Communications Director and National Press Secretary to formulate and promote GIFFORDS experts, research, and messaging to journalists across the country. It will play an important role in the expansion of GIFFORDS’ State Initiative work as the organization establishes additional state-based chapters.
This is a full-time position ideally based in our Washington, DC office. This position requires evening and weekend work as well as interest and ability to travel up to 25% of the time. GIFFORDS requires all staff members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exemptions as required by federal and state law.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants, no phone calls or emails, please.
Duties + Responsibilities:
Proactively identifies opportunities to build the profile of GIFFORDS, our policy priorities, and our founder, senior leadership, and surrogates in key states
Pitches GIFFORDS spokespeople for local TV, radio, and digital opportunities on an ongoing basis and ensures principals are fully briefed for interviews
Serves as a senior member of the Communications team and helps develop the overall strategic vision for the organization’s communications program
Handles all incoming state-based media requests, evaluating whether or not the organization should engage and who the right spokesperson should be
Works closely with the Political, State Legislative, and State Initiatives departments to form and execute state-by-state strategies
Serve as a core member of the rapid response team, working with the Communications Director and National Press Secretary to coordinate statements and external-facing materials
Leads planning and coordination of all local and regional press events
Helps create external press communications materials, including statements, press releases, press notes, memos, and op-eds
Helps oversee media associates and relevant external consultants working on earned media
Serves as an on-the-record spokesperson for the organization and for Congresswoman Giffords
Other duties as assigned
Required knowledge, skills + experience:
Minimum of five years of experience in media and/or communications; candidates with experience on political campaigns, party committees, PACs, or Capitol Hill are preferred
Experience forging and maintaining media contacts/relationships, especially with reporters focused on politics
On-the-record spokesperson experience
Experience with and affinity for rapid response, fast-paced environment
Experience preparing and staffing an elected official (or other high-profile principal) for media interviews
Strong political and earned media instincts
Outstanding oral, written, communication, and presentation skills
Entrepreneurial spirit; strong creative-thinking and problem-solving skills
Superior time management and attention to detail
Willingness to monitor media requests outside of typical work hours
An ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time
A demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism
Comfort with engaging with the issue on social media
Experience working with media in many states
Experience working for an issue advocacy organization
Relationships with congressional press offices
Salary + benefits
The salary range for this position is $91,000 – $110,000 annually, with the exact salary depending on experience. Competitive benefits include employer-funded health, dental, and vision insurance; health, transit, and parking flexible spending accounts; 401k plan with 4% employer match; 25 days of PTO annually plus paid week vacation between Christmas and New Year’s; and ten paid federal holidays.
Submit your resume and a brief cover letter (400 words maximum) outlining three specific ways you would be a good fit for this position. Our interview process for this position consists of a phone interview, a video interview, a final interview, and reference checks.
GIFFORDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.