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Associate Director of Media Relations & Rapid Response, Democracy

The Hub Project

The Hub Project

Marketing & Communications
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2023
Launched in 2016, The Hub Project is a nonprofit effort comprising a growing team of communications, research, operations, and organizing experts who have extensive experience in campaign strategy, digital, and polling and analytics. We believe in a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed in our economy and participate in our democracy, and we make that vision a reality by partnering with advocacy groups – bringing surge capacity and coordination to build innovative and effective campaigns.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We value diversity and inclusion and are committed to creating an environment where people from all backgrounds can participate, grow, and succeed in our organization. We believe we have a duty to use our power and privilege to contribute to transformational change to ensure our government is working for everyone and that all families have a fair shot.
Reports to: Communications Director
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Salary Range: $82k - $90k
Position Summary
The Hub Project has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Media Relations and Rapid Response to drive media outreach strategy for pro-democracy campaigns and accountability programs. The Associate Director will be responsible for pitching our efforts to press and proactively managing our rapid response strategy. That will include working closely with reporters to shape stories, proactively pitching booking producers to land broadcast interviews, developing strategic media resources to inform coverage on key issues, drafting press products, and placing opposition research, among other responsibilities. We will look to the Associate Director to continuously develop better processes and ideas for how to more proactively operationalize our rapid response work. This person should be very plugged into the political news cycle, have close media relationships, and the ability to anticipate and aggressively track press trends.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks :

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with political press and local reporters in target districts
  • Drive earned media outreach by proactively pitching national and local stories across verticals
  • Develop proactive press strategies to anticipate and respond to activity in Congress and hold members accountable
  • Ideate and execute creative campaign tactics that help drive earned media and shape the public discourse on key issues
  • Manage a comprehensive media monitoring operation to identify opportunities and respond to the news cycle quickly and effectively
  • Support the development of comprehensive campaign communications plans, working collaboratively with the Communications Director to identify and consult on short, medium and long-term strategies that will help us achieve our program goals
  • Consistently book spokespeople and surrogates for broadcast and podcast interviews
  • Write and distribute regular written press products including statements, press releases, fact sheets, and other materials as appropriate
  • Organize and execute regular press events and rallies in D.C. and in target districts nationwide
  • Help develop, grow and engage our council of storytellers; create ongoing press opportunities to elevate constituent voices
  • Brief talkers and spokespeople to deliver talking points
  • Leverage polling and other tools to sharpen and strengthen the narrative
  • Manage and coordinate with colleagues across levels and expertise
  • All employees of NVF are required to complete timesheets

Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • At least 5 years of demonstrated, relevant work experience in media relations, campaign, issue advocacy, agency, political or other relevant settings
  • Robust network of political press relationships and extensive experience pitching the media and building new relationships on a regular basis
  • A deep understanding of earned media management and political news, and a creative approach to garnering press coverage
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and the ability to turn around press product under extremely tight deadlines
  • Well organized with the ability to prioritize across multiple projects and deliver results under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to progressive causes and equity
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within team settings
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, strong problem-solving, and creative thinking skills
  • Flexibility and an openness to evolving responsibilities
This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit; specific employment terms and conditions are subject to labor-management negotiations and a potential Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees (and their families). Employees are able to enroll in 401k retirement plan and are eligible for a 3% automatic contribution and up to a 3% employer match on 401k contributions. Employees are also eligible for pre-tax transportation benefits. Employees will receive 120 hours of vacation time, 80 hours of health leave, up to 2 days of casual leave, and 20 hours of volunteer leave annually. Employees will also receive 13 paid holidays throughout the calendar year. Employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave after 90 days of employment.
Hiring Statement
The Hub is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
COVID-19 Safety Considerations and Vaccination Policy
To center the safety and well-being of its employees, The Hub requires that any employee must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are expected to report to work in person; all individuals entering the Hub offices will be asked to produce vaccination documentation for entrance to the premises. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at HR@newventurefund.org.
How to apply
To begin the application process, click "Apply For This Job." This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from The Hub. Thank you for your interest.