Press Officer

May 22, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
Full Time
PPFA seeks a motivated and dynamic individual for the position of Press Officer to promote PPFA’s position as the nation’s leading advocate for reproductive freedom and provider of reproductive health care services and sex education. The Press Officer will provides strategic media relations guidance and program modeling for affiliates to increase the capacity and timeliness of their work with the media and their participation in nationwide media events, executes national strategies that help define the public debate on issues of reproductive health services and rights and educates the public about PPFA’s programs, policies and positions. This challenging position serves as the most senior media relations staff member in regard to health care and sex education.


1. Assists with the development of media strategies and messages in coordination with PPFA public affairs, field and media staff to position and publicize strategic and priority issues. Provides the pitch and background necessary to make a successful “pitch’ to the media.

2. Coordinates and advances press events for PPFA. Writes media materials, including press statements, news releases, talking points, Op-Ed’s, and letters to the editor.

3. Coordinates and implements national office media strategies for affiliates. Assists affiliates with local and state-level public policy, election and organizing media campaigns. Supports affiliates with telephone consultations and provides sample media strategies, talking points, letters to the editor, sample Op-Ed’s, and other support as needed. Recommends media message, strategy and implementation methods.

4. Generates media coverage of PPFA in the national media by responding to reporter inquiries and by developing strong story packages for the media. Provides background information to reporters; expands and cultivates contacts with reporters and coalition allies.

5. Briefs PPFA staff for interviews; provides background information, and alerts staff to upcoming events and story possibilities.

6. Travels as needed (up to 25%) to assist affiliate and state offices with media campaigns related to public policy, elections, and organizing.

7. Completes special projects as assigned and required.

8. Regularly scheduled weekend hours and other flexible scheduling may be required.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree, plus related college courses or professional training is required

EXPERIENCE: 2-5 years of directly related, progressively responsible work experience in the media relations field, including project management, is required; Hill or campaign experience preferred, Spanish language ability a plus. Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including writing and editing skills, knowledge of Federal and state legislative processes and reproductive health issues, and PC literacy, including knowledge of word processing and the Internet. Knowledge of diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce, and sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences is required.

Please forward resume and reference ‘Press Officer-Washington D.C.’ in the subject line. EOE

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