Food & Water Watch is a leading national public interest organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge organizing campaigns to protect our essential resources—food, water and climate. Our mission is to stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. In 2011, Food & Water Watch was the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking. We have won significant national victories including banning fracking in states and communities across the country as well as fighting water privatization in dozens of communities. Our legal work is focused on industrial agriculture, water privatization, food safety and climate and energy issues, all in pursuit of our organizational theory of change. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and numerous other major media outlets.
We are seeking a Communications Coordinator to focus on achieving organizational and campaign-specific goals by providing support for and helping to implement traditional and digital communications plans that push policy initiatives of FWW and FWA. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for:
- Managing the daily clips for Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action.
- Maintain updated press lists and conduct in depth research on relevant media markets and reporters.
- Help implement state and local media campaigns.
- Identify messaging to connect and mobilize target audiences (press, members, legislators, activists and underserved communities).
- Support existing relationships with media personnel, and place our news and opinion in desired media targets.
- Assist with pitching relevant local news releases and advocacy actions and events as needed.
- Draft and write press materials, including press releases, news advisories, pitch letters, editorial board memos, notes to press, talking points and Web content.
- Monitor trends in traditional and social media, particularly as relevant to our campaigns.
- Other duties as assigned.
This position based out Washington, DC.
- College degree required.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team setting, with staff across the country.
- A demonstrated experience in communications or politics, preferably linked to issue campaigns.
- Proven success in placing or ability to place stories in traditional media outlets.
- Ability to work independently and proactively.
- Ability to work well with a wide range of people under pressure in a fast-paced, campaign-type environment.
- Ability to assist multiple projects simultaneously.
- Quick and grammatically accurate writer and editor with a command of AP style.
- Knowledge of how the media works and what is newsworthy; familiarity with national, regional and state print and electronic media; familiarity with organizing strategies and advocacy techniques.
- Proven capacity to successfully frame and translate complex policy issues for both journalists and the public.
- Knowledge of food and water issues preferred.
- Experience with congressional and/or regulatory process a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills are required.
- Good computer skills are required, including proficiency with database programs.
- Video and podcasting experience a plus.
- Demonstrable social media savvy.
- Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals and values of Food & Water Watch.