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Media Relations Officer

This position achieves organizational and campaign goals by implementing creative, ambitious traditional media relations plans that support the policy, research and organizing initiatives of Food & Water Watch/Food & Water Action (FWW/FWA). This position works closely with policy, political, organizing and research staff to strategize, plan and implement communications tactics that forward policies and campaigns, and elevate the identity of the organization. This position serves as the day-to-day media relations lead for a specific set of regional and/or national policy and organizing initiatives and campaigns.
  • Write, edit, and/or support the development of media relations plans and tactics related to signature campaigns, aligned issues, and other organizational priorities (including, but not limited to, communications plans, media statements, press releases, research reports, speeches, talking points, staff briefings, policy memos, web content, video/audio scripts, social media content, etc.).
  • Plan and implement national, state and local media relations campaigns and tactics.
  • Build and maintain relationships with reporters, editors, producers and other media profressionals, and place news, opinion and advertising in desired media targets, including radio/TV/web interviews for staff.
  • Collaborate with FWW/FWA staff to develop and implement communications strategies and tactics to support organizational initiatives (including political and organizing campaigns, policy initiatives, research initiatives, etc.).
  • Help create and implement communication trainings for FWW/FWA staff.
  • Track and catalogue media hits for FWW/FWA.
  • Carry out other projects, as assigned

Education/Experience: B.A. degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field; 3-5 years of communications or journalism experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 
Computer Skills: The incumbent must work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.
Compensation: Annualized at $45,000-$61,200, dependent upon experience and based on labor market.