Press Secretary

NY or DC preferred; remote applicants certainly considered
$63k to $77k; generous benefits (unlimited vacation, health & dental, paid family leave, 401k, more)
Mar 11, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

PL+US has one crystal clear mission: Winning high-quality paid family leave for everyone in America. We want it done by 2022. To get there, we’re building an incredible team of campaigners and advocates, to run and win local and national campaigns that build towards the big goal -- a high-quality national policy.

We’re looking for a strategic, tenacious, creative, inspired, detail-oriented Press Secretary to tell the story of PL+US and our programs in the media and to other key audiences.

The right person for this role is an obsessive and varied media consumer and P.R. pro with a proven track record of building relationships with local and national journalists to land excellent media coverage. You are an excellent writer, phenomenal communicator, and a deeply creative press strategist who knows how to craft a killer story and also loves getting their hands dirty.

This is an opportunity to work with an incredible team of low-ego, high-impact people who run and win high-profile social change campaigns.
Top 5 Reasons to Work at PL+US

1. You Care.  Giving all people in the US the chance to take care of their families means something to you. Maybe you have kids, or aging parents, and know the struggle firsthand. Maybe you can envision the healthier, fairer world that paid family leave can bring. Whatever your reason, our mission speaks to you, and you’re yearning for a workplace filled with people, like you, who actually care.

2. We Care.  PL+US takes care of its staff. Not just with good pay and benefits, but with the understanding that you have a life -- maybe a complicated one -- and that you need to balance that life with your work. Caring for family and self is core to our mission. We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk.

3. You Want a Win.  This is an opportunity to be part of a big, bold victory at a national scale. It’ll be hard work, but it’ll feel great to notch a huge win on your belt -- and it’ll look great to whoever wants to hire you next.

4. You Want to Learn.  From our senior leadership on down, we’re constantly improving our craft and getting better at what we do. Professional development never stops. We want our staff to walk out of PL+US ten times more effective than when they walked in.

5. You Want a Team.  Not just a group of people who work together. You want a team -- co-workers who’ll have your back, who support each other, and who put the mission before their own egos. That’s PL+US. If that’s the kind of team you want, we want you back.

1. Drive Earned Media

  • Develop earned media strategies for our core campaigns and program areas to drive significant media coverage about paid family level
  • Cultivate and manage excellent relationships with reporters, editors, and producers
  • Plan and manage media events
  • Advise local partners on media strategy
  • Prepare and train spokespeople
  • Manage projects, vendors, and consultants as needed

2. “Writer in Chief”

  • Write and copy edit excellent press materials, reports, web copy, and other materials as needed
  • Work quickly and accurately on materials, getting high-quality products out the door in real time
  • Help others on the team with writing needs on an ad hoc basis

3. Keep Our Messaging Consistent, Brand Hygienic, and Outreach Tight

  • Maintain and update PL+US’ internal communications documents e.g. talking points
  • Keep our reporter database and target media lists squeaky clean, so that our outreach is well targeted
  • Collate relevant statistics and research
  • Manage the creation of creative and brand aligned visuals for events and coalition launches

Required Skills / Experience

We have no formal education requirements – if you take on the role and are willing to grow with it, that’s all that matters. This role requires:

  • 3-7 years experience in P.R., pitching winning communications campaigns that result in national news stories.
  • Stellar and quick writing and editing chops. Demonstrated excellence writing in multiple voices for diverse audiences and across mediums such as op-eds, reports, and digital assets.
  • Happy working in fast-moving work situations.
  • Excited about creative problem solving with a detail-oriented love of systems and organization.
  • Experience managing vendors and consultants to success in both short-term and months-long projects.
  • A deep commitment to equity and inclusion, and experience working in diverse teams.
  • Kind, to others and to yourself. We’re building a team that’s smart, fun, fast, supportive, passionate, and collaborative. That starts with people who are truly delighted and challenged by the work, and know how to bring their best selves to it every day.
  • Passionate about winning paid family leave for everyone in the U.S.

Bonus Skills / Experience

  • Communications experience in politics (e.g. on a campaign, with a political party), policy (such as a think tank or at a policy driven nonprofit), or in government.    
  • Based in the D.C. or N.Y. metropolitan areas.


  • Up to 6 months of paid family leave, as well as health, dental, and vision insurance (up to $650/month when you enroll in our plans).
  • Professional development coaching.
  • Generous time off: unlimited vacation, 12 paid holidays, and we all take the week between Christmas and New Years off.
  • Retirement accounts. We offer a 401(k) since we want you to retire one day.
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance, commuter benefits program, medical and dependent care F.S.A. program.

Salary Range: $63,000 - $77,000. This salary range is for applicants in the Bay Area, New York, and DC markets. Salary will be adjusted based on cost of living for other markets.

TO APPLY: Please visit our Recruiterbox page:

You will be asked to submit a resume, and in lieu of a cover letter, answer three written questions.

PL+US is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage people of color, first-generation Americans, new parents, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply.

PL+US is an equal opportunity employer.  This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or political affiliation.

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