Press Secretary

ID
2017-2344
US-VA-Arlington
Category
Brand Communications
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

We are seeking a Press Secretary for Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) who is passionate about advancing veterans’ interests and the cause of freedom, through relations with the media and the broader public. CVA is the premier grassroots group focused on improving the lives of veterans through VA reforms, and connecting them with policymakers who can advance the freedoms they fought to protect for each and every American.

 

OUR VALUES

We have a relentless commitment to culture based on a business philosophy called Market Based Management® (MBM®). MBM® prepares individuals to innovate, improve, and transform while fostering a healthy, growing organization that creates long-term value for its customers and supporters and fulfillment for its employees. Ten Guiding Principles that encourage principled thought and action form the MBM® culture: Integrity, Compliance, Value Creation, Principled Entrepreneurship, Customer Focus, Knowledge, Change, Humility, Respect, and Fulfillment. 

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

We’re interested in a candidate who is ready to leverage their experience to advance a sea change in the way America serves its most critical asset: veterans and their families. After that? We want to help our volunteers push federal policies that protect critical freedoms for all our citizens – the freedoms we’ve fought for all along.

 

The ideal candidate will have several years of press experience, the ability to quickly grasp policy, a dedication to the cause freedom and prosperity, and the tenacity to challenge our strategy and improve it.

 

You’re a great fit for this role if you:

-              Want to be a part of keeping veteran’s issues at the forefront of the media to inform and inspire action

-              Find it fulfilling to see your work have an impact in society, helping improve people’s lives

-              Appreciate working with a dynamic team to create value and imagine what could be

Responsibilities

  • Foster relationships with national and regional reporters who have an emphasis on military, veteran, and defense issues.
  • Write press releases and media advisories; conceive and source research documents from internal policy partners. Pitch relevant documents to media and publish to organization’s website.
  • Manage outreach relationships with TV and radio personalities, news directors, producers, and bookers to secure bookings and drive coverage.
  • Monitor daily news clips on key issues for use in op-eds, social media, research documents, or policy analyses.
  • Lead media training opportunities for CVA spokespeople around the country
  • Contribute to CVA’s overall communications strategy with innovative ideas for press-facing products, public events, pitching opportunities, etc.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field is preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in communications, media, and/or public relations is preferred
  • Background with either Veterans’ advocacy or DOD/DVA preferred
  • Comfortable building new relationships with reporters and producers
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and committed to excellence
  • Familiar with mainstream and digital outlets both nationally and locally
  • Willing to work flexible hours to support the news cycle and organizational events. Some travel will be required
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with sometimes changing priorities
  • An understanding of free market principles and a passion for advancing the mission of the organization is required

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