Communications Specialist

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $51,000
Maximum: $60,000

Published

11/09/2018

Address

1130 17th Street, NW
Washington
DC
20036
United States

Description

BASIC SUMMARY:

The senior communications position is responsible for helping to plan and implement a wide variety of media activities to gain coverage for Defenders of Wildlife and the issues on which Defenders works.  The job includes strategizing and implementing media plans and coordinating events; writing news releases, factsheets and other press materials; contacting reporters and broadcast journalists; identifying spokespeople; creating video and podcasts; taking photographs at events, and other activities as assigned by the media director and/or vice president for communications.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Writing: Generate press releases, statements, blog entries, factsheets, op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial board memos and other press materials
  • Media strategy: Work with program staff and communications team to develop and implement media plans for priority issues and campaigns 
  • Media relations: Establish working relationships with reporters in beat areas. Call, email and utilize social media to contact reporters to pitch Defenders-related stories; field inquiries from the media and forward reporters’ questions to pertinent program staff members
  • Research: Conduct research to develop factsheets, bill summaries, talking points and other media relations and programmatic materials as needed
  • Press events: Work with appropriate program staff to coordinate, execute and publicize press events, teleconferences, and other promotional activities
  • Advertising: Develop copy and manage design of advertisements; work with vendors to place advertisements; draft copy and coordinate social media advertisements internally, as needed
  • Audio/Visual: Coordinate with Marketing to create multimedia content such as videos and photo slideshows to support communications campaign work and Defenders of Wildlife’s brand; take photographs at events, press conferences, rallies, etc. 
  • General support: Aid in daily communications department work
  • Perform all other work-related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, coordinating focus groups, polling, Twitter outreach, etc.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Journalism, English, Communication Studies, Public Policy, Broadcasting or other related discipline (including Biology of Environmental Studies
  • Experience:  3-5 years of experience working with news media
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other:
  • Seasoned media professional with knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues and commitment to environmental conservation
  • Strong news judgement and proven ability to pitch reporters to achieve coverage
  • Ability to manage several tasks at once, use sound judgment, and follow up on prioritized assignments  
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills; working knowledge of AP style a plus
  • Experience with Capitol Hill or advocacy a plus
  • Work effectively with others on team assignments
  • Video production, podcast, photography skills a plus
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and other Windows applications
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Benefits

https://defenders.org/publications/Benefit-Summary-2018.pdf

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

hr@defenders.org
http://www.defenders.org

Interested applicants should complete an application for employment. Please reference Communications Specialist in your subject line and submit your completed application, a letter of interest and resume to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org.


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