Senior Media Coordinator
- Team: Communications
- Salary: $59-61k plus benefits
- Location: Remote, US only
- Closing: 11:59pm, 24th Aug 2022 EDT
Reports to: Communications Director
As the JVP family of organizations, we are growing, developing and mobilizing a powerful grassroots, multiracial base of Jews toward a future of Judaism beyond Zionism, Palestinian freedom and the end of Israeli apartheid and occupation.
A sharp and talented communicator, you have a passion for changing hearts and minds. You understand the importance of traditional media and thrive on getting progressive messages out in mainstream outlets.
About the role:
The Senior Media Coordinator will be tasked with growing JVP and JVP Action’s earned media coverage, conducting proactive media outreach about JVP and JVPA’s campaigns and analysis, translating our work and perspectives into pitches that will be of interest to reporters and outlets.
As part of the role, you will:
- Write and disseminate press alerts and releases, and post them on JVP/A websites
- Coordinate with JVP/A’s social media accounts to maximize outreach
- Op/ed placement: Draft, ghost-write, edit and pitch opinion and analysis pieces by JVP/A staff and members
- Letters to the Editor: Coordinating with member-led LTE team, provide draft content and identify opportunities for JVP/A members
- Maintain a portfolio of JVP earned media coverage
Build and maintain relationships with reporters and media outlets
- Maintain and grow JVP/A’s relationships with journalists and editors
- Use and expand MuckRack
Provide consistent media support to JVP/A campaigns and during rapid response scenarios
- Design media outreach strategies and campaigns
- Support on overall messaging, develop talking points and key messaging approaches
- Coordinate with staff, leaders, and partner organizations
Ensure JVP staff and members are press-ready
- Respond to media inquiries, coordinate and prepare staff and members for interviews
- Support and train staff on relevant talking points and best practices for media
- Support and train local chapters and member leaders in their press work for actions and events
- Provide messaging trainings to JVP staff (3-4 per year) and members and chapters (separately, 2-3 per year)
Support JVP/A messaging and content creation for organizational priority issues
- Contribute to organizational policy statements
- Participate in weekly messaging team meeting
- Support messaging research projects and data collection
Support JVP’s media strategy
- Track JVP coverage in the media, share media hits in the JVP Wire and in quarterly reports
- Support the design and implementation of JVP/A strategy for growing media coverage
Additional duties and responsibilities:
- Limited fundraising and other responsibilities that all staff share
- Some travel required pending COVID restrictions
- Sharp, flexible messaging and storytelling skills, and experience in crafting values-based messages on less well known and/or highly stigmatized topics or issues
- Demonstrated success in gaining and growing mainstream media coverage for progressive causes
- Professional writing and editing skills, detail-oriented
- Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills
- Demonstrated ability to handle, keep track of, prioritize and follow-through on multiple projects
- Committed to JVP’s mission and knowledgeable about Jewish communities and values
- Commitment to the politics of collective liberation (including Palestine liberation, Black liberation, queer and trans liberation, workers rights & economic justice, and climate justice
Not required, but nice to have:
- Familiarity with media outreach software, including Muckrack, as well as basic web design in WordPress – or willingness to learn
- Your own network of media contacts relevant to JVP/A’s mission
- Knowledge of Palestinian history and organizing
- Experience with communications work for government-facing advocacy or progressive electoral politics
- Familiarity with international, national and local media outlets
- Knowledge of the political and media landscape in the US & in Palestine/Israel
- A demonstrable commitment to grassroots fundraising and integration of fundraising with other organizational activities
You will not be asked to submit a cover letter. Instead, the application consists of several questions related to the role you are applying for. Your answers will be assessed anonymously by the hiring committee, based on the skills outlined above.
You will be required to upload a CV or resume. The hiring committee will not look at your CV/resume or any identifying information until your answers to the initial set of questions have been reviewed.
JVP values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidates at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds. People of color, Sephardi and/or Mizrahi applicants, people with disabilities, and transgender or gender non-conforming applicants strongly encouraged to apply.
Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.