The California-based Media Relations Officer will support hard-hitting advocacy campaigns in California and other western states around some of our most pressing food, water and climate issues. Food & Water Watch has helped change the debate in California around fossil fuels and factory farms, working with a wide range of communities and organizations across the state. We helped pass fracking bans in several cities and counties, moved Governor Newsom to commit to a statewide fracking ban, and passed measures in Los Angeles to stop new urban oil drilling. Our press coverage has been critical to these successes. We’re looking for a media relations officer to take our campaigns to stop new fossil fuel development, halt factory farm expansion and fight corporate control of our water to the next level in California, New Mexico and other western states..
The Media Relations Officer achieves organizational and campaign goals by implementing creative, ambitious traditional media relations plans that support the policy, research, and organizing initiatives of Food & Water Watch/Food & Water Action (FWW/FWA). This position works closely with policy, political, organizing, and research staff to strategize, plan and implement communications tactics that forward policies and campaigns, and elevate the identity of the organization, by securing positive media coverage of our work.
This position serves as the day-to-day media relations lead for a specific set of regional and/or national policy and organizing initiatives and campaigns. This position is a Union position covered under a contract between Food & Water Watch and the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU).
Office Location: This position is approved for remote work in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area or the Central Valley.
Compensation: $55,000 – $65,000 annually, dependent upon location and experience.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Write, edit, and/or support the development of media relations plans and tactics related to signature campaigns, aligned issues, and other organizational priorities (including, (but not limited to) communications plans, media statements, press releases, research reports, speeches, talking points, staff briefings, policy memos, web content, video/audio scripts, etc.
- Plan and implement national, state, and local media relations campaigns and tactics. Build and maintain relationships with reporters, editors, producers, and other media professionals, and place news, opinion, and advertising in desired media targets, including radio/TV/web interviews for staff.
- Collaborate with FWW/FWA staff to develop and implement communications strategies and tactics to support organizational initiatives (including political and organizing campaigns, policy initiatives, research initiatives, etc.).
- Help create and implement communication training for FWW/FWA staff.
- Track and catalog media hits for FWW/FWA.
- Carry out other related projects as assigned.