Communications Associate or Senior Associate, Peace and Security

ReThink Media seeks a Communications Associate or Senior Communications Associate to support their Peace and Security team. We are looking for a highly motivated early- to mid-career professional with 2 to 5 years of experience in media, public relations, or related fields. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated social media skills and experience working with reporters, pitching stories, writing and editing op-eds, and executing strategic communication plans. Prior employment as a reporter, blogger, editor, producer or as a staffer in a Congressional office, NGO, or electoral campaign is preferred.

ReThink Media is a unique, nonprofit organization that places media and communications at the center of our movement building agenda. We strengthen the collaborative media and communications capacity of state and national advocacy groups; increase the “voice share” of their spokespeople; and provide in-depth media, messaging, and opinion research to inform movement strategy.

We focus on long-term engagement with our advocacy partners and with the issues we take on—all driven by a belief that the stronger the groups are across an issue sector and the tighter their collaboration, the more likely they are to win real and lasting policy victories. At present, ReThink works in three distinct, yet interconnected, issue areas: the protection of human and civil rights; strengthening our democracy; and a more constructive US foreign and national security policy.

ReThink's Peace and Security team works with the nation’s leading nonprofits and think tanks on some of the most important and complex national security challenges of our time. Our goal is to help move our country toward a foreign policy that emphasizes human rights, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and cooperative solutions to global problems. The issues we work on include nuclear arms reduction and disarmament, arms control, Pentagon spending, and post-9/11 military operations and “forever wars.”

Description

The Communications Associate/Senior Communications Associate reports to the Program Director for Peace and Security, and will monitor media coverage; assist groups and campaigns with direct media and public relations support; coordinate rapid response; assist with op-ed and editorial campaigns; and pitch and place spokespeople.

The ability to work as part of a team, manage client relationships, identify and seize upon new opportunities, and serve as point person in multi-stakeholder meetings and coalitions is essential.

Principal Duties

The Communications Associate/Senior Associate’s primary work will involve the following issue sets and policy aims:

  • Use of force and civilian harm. Restraining the use of lethal force overseas, reducing civilian casualties, and bringing transparency to military operations that currently face minimal scrutiny;

  • Pentagon spending. Reducing out-of-control Pentagon spending and reprioritizing those tax dollars;

  • Post-9/11 “forever wars.”  Taking on contributing factors that lead to endless war such as runaway arms exports, the lack of meaningful Congressional oversight, and a revolving door between the Pentagon, Congress, and the defense industry. This also involves rescinding federal legislation that gives the President free range to carry out military operations and other lethal actions in the Middle East and beyond.

Specific goals will be set with the supervisor, corresponding to the following duties:

  • Monitor daily news, opinion, and social media coverage and review daily news digests from the sector in order to identify key opportunities for rapid response;

  • Draft daily clips related to top news stories with relevant social media content;

  • Assist in the development of timely and effective talking points, messaging tips and where appropriate create statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, and sample social media content, to be distributed in response to breaking news developments and ahead of known media opportunities;

  • Develop expert knowledge of key reporters and outlets covering these issues;

  • Train groups to develop and maintain tailored press lists;

  • Build meaningful relationships with partner organizations and develop expertise on the issues they work on, their unique media profiles, their key spokespeople, and their access to validators;

  • Assist groups in developing strategic communications plans and in implementing media strategies;

  • Pitch and place stories and op-eds;

  • Help provide media skills training; and

  • Help coordinate social media strategies and tactics, including both longer-term efforts and rapid response opportunities.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Very strong writing, editing, communications and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the issue set and 2-5 years of experience working in media relations, communications, or political organizing.

  • Experience monitoring and analyzing news coverage, writing press materials, developing media strategies and/or pitching stories.

  • Creative and strategic ability to frame ideas, develop stories and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that appeals to the news media and a wide variety of audiences.

  • Demonstrated experience in public interest communications, with preference for experience in advocacy/political public relations.

  • Excellent news sense and political savvy.

  • Knowledge of print, broadcast, online, and social media.

  • Proven track record managing a fast-paced, multi-faceted workload, ideally involving media and communications.

  • Proven track record as a strong team player, with team building and project management skills.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with varying levels of organization staff, clients, contractors, foundations, and the media.

  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.

  • Strong research and administrative skills.

Desirable but not required:

  • Experience with digital content creation and video, and/or graphic design a plus.

LOCATION, BENEFITS, AND SALARY

This is a full-time position based in either our Washington, DC or San Francisco Bay Area office, with a preference for the former. Because of the pandemic, ReThink is currently working remotely. ReThink may return to an in-person work environment in the third quarter of 2021. In addition, there may be modest travel to key states for conferences, training workshops, and periodic staff meetings. The salary range for the position is Communications Associate is $50,000 to 65,000 a year, depending on experience, with a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including vacation and sick time, paid sabbatical, and retirement.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

This position is open until filled. We are assessing candidates on a rolling basis. Our number one priority is finding the ideal candidate, but we are moving quickly to fill this position, so we encourage you to apply as promptly as possible.

To apply, send an email to [email protected] with the subject, "Communications Associate, Peace & Security". Please include your cover letter, résumé, and a writing sample as PDF attachments, with your name in each filename (e.g., resume-Smith.pdf). In your cover letter, state the reason for your interest in the position, provide a brief summary of your professional experience, your salary requirements, and address your background in relation to working on these issues. If you have applied for a previous position with ReThink Media, please indicate this in your email.

ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

ReThink is committed to a just and equitable society wherein all people are treated equally, opportunity is justly distributed, and all voices are heard. We affirm and seek diversity in gender, race, color, ethnicity & national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), class, religion, ability, life experiences, and background as both a positive contribution to our organizational environment and a critical asset for informing and enabling our work. With this in mind, we are committed to maintaining a work environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member and we approach every hiring decision with a commitment to workplace diversity.