Media Relations Manager

1536 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Starting annual salary of $70,000+.
Aug 05, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action , an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

Community Change is looking for an experienced and savvy media relations guru to join our team of communicators who oversee our outreach in mainstream media nationwide. The right person has energy, spunk and creativity to spare about how to attract the media’s attention in a crowded landscape. We are looking for a knowledgeable communicator, a writer extraordinaire who can create flawless copy on deadline and someone who gets how our economic, racial and gender justice work intersects with policy, politics, media and the power of authentic voices to create the change we want to see in the world. A portion of time will be spent doing work for Community Change’s sister 501c4 organization, Community Change Action.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Creating press strategies and developing effective messages for our social and economic justice work that centers Community Change/Action’s vision and agenda as part of a progressive future for the country.
  • Pitching stories and developing relationships with high-level and elite media in order to highlight the work of Community Change/Action and our issue campaigns. 
  • Developing creative ideas to strengthen Community Change/Action’s public brands among diverse audiences and raising the visibility of community organizing, building power and growing leadership in communities of color.
  • Writing media advisories, statements and press releases.
  • Acting as a liaison at public events for press and as a spokesperson if needed.
  • Creating high level content, such as writing op-eds, designing graphics and/or producing video or other multimedia content.
  • Managing content creators, such as Community Change/Action communications fellows and guiding their work from idea to realization. Working as editor, mentor and coach to fellows.
  • Administrative duties as assigned.


  • More than four years working in journalism, communications or a related field. 
  • Proven results developing media strategies and putting them into motion, pitching stories, working with or writing press releases and planning press events.
  • Demonstrated skills as a writer, content creator and editor. Must be able to write at a high-level on short deadlines.
  • Top-notch communications and presentation skills.
  • Totally at ease managing multiple tasks and deadlines and working in a fluid and fast-paced environment. Flexibility and ability to shift and move a must.
  • Commitment to social and economic justice, collaborative processes, and the participation and leadership of low-income people and their organizations.
  • Knowledge of key issue areas, such as poverty and economic justice, and the role of politics and policy to affect change in issue areas.

This person reports to: The Director of Communications

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Salary and benefits: Starting annual salary of $70,000+. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

Travel Requirements: Ability and willingness to travel approximately 20% of the time.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled                                       

How to apply: Please visit our Careers page to submit a cover letter telling us why you are the perfect person for this position as well as salary expectations, a resume, and three samples of your work.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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