For 50 years, NARAL has led the fight for reproductive freedom for everyone, including the right to access abortion.
NARAL is powered by our more than 2.5 million members — in every state and congressional district. We represent the more than seven in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family.
We organize and mobilize in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and states, galvanizing millions of people to take action to defend reproductive freedom in the face of unprecedented attacks.
We are the oldest and largest national membership organization primarily focused on advocating for abortion access. In recognition of our work defending the constitutional right to abortion, Fortune Magazine rated NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”
We are looking for a Press Secretary to join the communications team at NARAL. This person will have experience working with press and will speak with reporters on background. A strong candidate must be organized, resourceful, and flexible, with a proven track record of crafting and executing campaign communications strategies, excellent writing skills, and a top-notch understanding of the news cycle and media environment. They will work on multiple projects at once and must have the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment.
Duties include pitching stories to state and national reporters, talking to reporters on background and facilitating interviews for organizational spokespeople and senior staff, drafting communication products including media advisories, press releases, talking points, and other materials, cultivating relationships with key reporters, and organizing and staffing national press events.
You’ll be a great fit if you’re passionate about reproductive freedom, with 2-5 years of professional experience and a commitment to working collaboratively, including with other departments, and helping contribute to a positive and high-impact workplace.
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Deputy National Communications Director
This Position Is: Full-time, Exempt, Non-Union, Management Level: III
Salary: $55,000-$70,000, depending on experience
- Manage incoming press requests from state media, and national media;
- Develop and implement communications strategies for NARAL’s national work;
- Lead communications department efforts to amplify endorsements of pro-choice candidates and liase with political department on endorsement rollouts and candidate-focused events;
- Participate in ongoing planning activities with national and regional staff, coalition partners, and key internal committees and task forces;
- Generate ideas for national stories, pitch stories to and facilitate interviews with media;
- Develop relationships with reporters;
- Speak on background with national reporters on behalf of NARAL;
- Come up with creative tactics to help NARAL’s work break through in a crowded media landscape;
- Monitor political and reproductive rights news;
- Prepare NARAL spokespeople for media interviews, and staff media appearances;
- Coordinate and staff national press events and interviews for NARAL executive staff;
- Work with communications and storytelling associate to manage national media contact lists;
- Willingness to work some irregular hours and travel as needed;
- And other duties as assigned.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong news judgment;
- 2-5 years experience with a proven track record of executing high-quality communications work in a fast-paced environment (ideally political and/or advocacy);
- Demonstrated creativity and strategic thinking in a range of communications projects;
- Demonstrated ability to write and edit material quickly and persuasively;
- Organized self-starter with strong time management and strategic planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Ability to work some irregular hours and travel as needed;
- Familiarity with media databases like Cision and Meltwater a plus;
- A commitment to contributing to a workplace environment in which diversity is valued and supported;
- Willing to work as a team member and to contribute to a positive team environment;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to handle challenges and obstacles with tact, diplomacy, and flexibility;
- Ability to manage laterally, work well across different teams and departments, and excel in a matrix management environment;
- Commitment to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s goal of ensuring every person is able to make their own decisions about pregnancy and preserving abortion rights;
- Spanish language fluency is a plus;
NARAL Pro-Choice America does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:
Subject line: NARAL Press Secretary
NARAL Pro-Choice America is an equal opportunity employer. All our positions require a sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences.