Deputy Press Secretary, Rapid Response

Human Rights Campaign - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.1


We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.

Position Summary:
The Deputy Press Secretary, Rapid Response, reports to the Senior National Press Secretary and is responsible for real-time monitoring and messaging guidance. The position executes rapid-response communication functions, especially related to breaking political news. The Deputy Press Secretary’s day-to-day responsibilities will include monitoring, researching, and responding to news on LGBTQ-related policy matters.

Position Responsibilities:
Monitor, research, analyze, and respond to breaking news on LGBTQ-related policy matters;
Rapidly respond in a complex and fast-paced organization;
Work with media in positive and adverse situations, including extensive pitching. Work as news unfolds, producing draft messaging — including talking points, statements and press releases — and engaging with the media often outside a regular work day;
Place HRC principals on TV and radio;
With guidance from the press secretaries, act as a background source as necessary;
Assist the press secretaries with the management and execution of events, including press conferences, media availabilities, editorial board meetings, and other communications-related events;
Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others across business units, functional departments and disciplines, including political and research teams;
Create effective partnerships at all levels of the organization;
Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred;
Two to four years’ experience with organizational communications, preferably in a political or campaign setting;
Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills with a strong sense of urgency and the ability to work effectively under pressure;
Proven writing skills as well as the communications skills necessary to elicit the right information from a variety of sources;
Must be self-driven and well-versed in developing communication materials, eager to pitch extensively, and able to meet tight deadlines;
Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor;
Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word and Outlook), Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive), and social media;
Flexibility with work schedule; this position requires frequent evening and weekend work to respond to breaking news;
Ability to travel 10-20% of the time;
Must be comfortable working in a high-volume environment and have the ability to closely follow the messaging of the organization on a wide variety of issues;
Personal interest in and commitment to LGBTQ rights required.

All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.

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