Communications Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


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




1130 17th Street, NW
United States



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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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


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


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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: