Press Secretary/Public Affairs Officer
Posting Date: August 1, 2011
Closing Date: Until filled
Location: New York City
Organization: Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
SWAN's vision is to transform the military by securing equal opportunity and the freedom to serve in uniform without threat of harassment, discrimination, intimidation or assault.SWAN also seeks to reform veterans’ services on a national scale to guarantee equal access to quality health care, benefits and resources for women veterans and their families.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) seeks a part-time (20 hours per week) Press Secretary/Public Affairs Officer with superior media relations and writing skills to implement comprehensive media activities of the organization. SWAN seeks a self-starter, who is committed to effectively promoting SWAN, its goals and objectives and experts in U.S. Top Tier news media. A commitment to accuracy and details, combined with superior writing skills is essential. This position includes a myriad of communications activities: spokesperson, research, tracking, analysis, media database maintenance, writing, editing, and media relations.
Ø Serve as a SWAN spokesperson, know SWAN messages and articulate these messages to national and local media.
Ø Pitch print, television, radio, and digital media outlets and book SWAN experts on targeted issues.
Ø Write media pitches, press advisories, news releases, reports, memoranda, talking points and other press materials.
Ø Research target markets.
Ø Plan and implement media activities to promote organization, projects, and build SWAN on-line presence and lists.
Ø Prepare organizational spokespersons for media interviews, including talking points and background materials.
Ø Field media requests, book and manage logistics for SWAN press interviews – sometimes on tight and/or off-hour deadlines.
Ø Develop and maintain media databases.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ø Excellent writing skills.
Ø Proven ability to develop, research and generate written materials based on complex policy and government issues.
Ø Strong understanding of news cycle.
Ø Versatile self-starter, with strong intellect and total reliability.
Ø Interest in military service women’s issues, preferred.
Ø Web, on-line and social media knowledge and savvy.
Ø Commitment to team work.
Ø Familiarity with word processing, database programs (Vocus), internet research and spreadsheet programs.
Ø Master’s degree preferred, in communications, public policy, political science or related field.
Ø At least two years experience as a communications professional.
Ø Experience working in public policy or with the military/veterans preferred.
Ø Established contacts with media organizations.
The Press Secretary/Public Affairs Officer reports to the Executive Director, Service Women’s Action Network.
Salary based on experience. Service Women’s Action Network offers a creative and inclusive work environment that welcomes diversity.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY
Service Women’s Actions Network follows an Equal Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, different abilities, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service.
Your complete application includes a cover letter that indicates how you learned of the job opening, a resume with dates of employment, salary history and three writing samples. Please email your application to:
Press Secretary/Public Affairs Officer Search
Service Women’s Action Network
Note: Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to acknowledge the receipt and status of applications. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.