Media Associate

Location
Washington D.C.
Salary
A Minimum salary of $48,000
Posted
Jun 25, 2019
Metro Area
Washington
Duration
Full Time

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a highly organized and detail-oriented Media Associate that will entail proactively managing the vast majority of press requests in a timely and efficient manner.

Every day the National Women’s Law Center routinely receives a large volume of time-sensitive requests from print, radio, TV and online outlets on a broad range of issues that we cover. The Center attributes its impressive track record of securing extensive high-level press coverage to its ability to respond quickly and accurately to reporters’ needs and tight deadlines.

The Media Associate will coordinate and prioritize the requests as they arrive, promptly schedule interviews with appropriate in-house experts and set up prep sessions before the interviews are conducted, and proactively follow-up with colleagues who have not responded to urgent requests that require immediate attention.

We are looking for an energetic and consummate team player who gracefully navigates a fast-paced office that routinely deals with multiple deadlines, enjoys the challenges of engaging with press, and stays poised under pressure. The Media Associate will report directly to the Senior Media Manager.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.

Responsibilities

The Media Associate will:

  • Field press requests quickly (both via email and phone);
  • Immediately alert relevant experts via email about press requests that fall into their area of expertise and include pertinent information about the request;
  • Schedule press interviews, confirming the time with both the reporter and our expert;
  • Determine when prep sessions are needed and schedule them in advance of high-visibility interviews;
  • Assemble background research on outside talking heads who will participate on a televised or audiotaped panel along with an NWLC expert and send concise bullet points to the press team and the in-house expert who is fielding this request as part of a basic prep protocol;
  • Identify new reporter/producer talent, noting the beats they cover and adding “new” journalists to our current media lists that are organized by subject areas and noting transfers of reporters to different beats and/or outlets, and alert NWLC press team so they can nurture relationships with these journalists;
  • Proactively identify new media opportunities and research journalists’ focus and approach, along with new outlets and new features that align with our expertise, for the press team to pursue;
  • Support timely and accurate reporting of metrics for press coverage each month, including providing a breakdown of coverage secured for each issue area and noting specific coverage in pre-selected outlets.
  • Secure an in-house location for TV crews who tape interviews at our office and coordinate logistics w/TV producers.

Experience & Qualifications

The candidate’s preferred qualifications include:

  • At least two to three years of professional experience, especially in communications, organizing, or advocacy.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Spanish-language skills a plus.
  • Experience and judgment working both collaboratively and independently.
  • The ability to be self-directed, work well with competing priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • A commitment to gender justice

Compensation

A minimum salary of $48,000 will be provided to the successful candidate having at least two to three years of relevant experience.  Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, three references from supervisors and three writing samples (ie, pitches, press release, blogs, etc.)  In your cover letter, please describe how your background is a good fit for this position.

Electronic submissions are preferred.

Hard copies may be addressed to:  Human Resources Department, National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable accommodations

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at humanresources@nwlc.org or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center

ATTN:  Human Resources Manager-Talent

11 Dupont Circle, NW, suite 800

Washington, DC 2003

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