Environmental Working Group (EWG), a leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, is seeking a Press Secretary for its Washington, D.C. office. This position requires outstanding oral communication and writing skills, as well as the ability to successfully pitch national and regional media and produce quality work, including news releases, statements and blogs, under pressure and in an extremely fast-paced environment. Candidates must have the vision and skills necessary to help propel the organization to even greater growth and visibility.
NOTE: Holding policy makers accountable for any attempts to undermine environmental and public health protections is one of EWG’s top priorities, and the person selected for this role will play a significant role in this effort.
- Carry out strategic media plans that aggressively boost the organization’s national profile and visibility in the areas of toxic chemicals and food and agriculture, among other issues.
- Advise the organization on how to best structure and present research to interested reporters in ways that drive marketplace and policy changes.
- Take the lead in building targeted media lists and pitching and promoting EWG's research to strategically chosen news publications and journalists.
- Cultivate relationships with national television producers, editorial decision makers, environmental health, energy, and food and agriculture writers, as well as Capitol Hill journalists to place stories around EWG’s work.
- Draft press materials, including pitch memos, media advisories and news releases
- Organize press conferences and briefings and other media events, as well as prepare EWG experts for on-the-record interviews.
- Write compelling blogs around EWG’s research to promote and share on social media platforms. Engage and strengthen relationships with bloggers and social media influencers.
- Monitor news coverage and compile metrics to track traffic to EWG’s website and social media properties.
- A bachelor’s in communications, journalism, or similar field
- A minimum of 5 years of public relations or communications experience.
- A proven ability to pitch and generate coverage in leading mainstream television, print and online news publications.
- Must write well and quickly in a variety of news formats, including online media.
- Strong familiarity with social and digital media platforms, particularly Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
- Knowledge of environmental health issues and food and agriculture policy.
- Substantial reporter and producer contacts.
- Previous Capitol Hill or NGO communications or journalism experience preferred.