Washington, D.C. | The Century Foundation (TCF), a
leading progressive think tank, is seeking a Press Secretary to
help spearhead media relations across the organization’s work in
education, health care, and economic policy. The Press Secretary
will serve as TCF’s chief media point of contact, focused on
generating quality press coverage for TCF’s research and experts,
elevating TCF’s reputation and impact, and helping coordinate state
and national strategic communications efforts. The Press Secretary
will also assist with media outreach for Next100, a start-up think
tank launched by TCF two years ago and built for a new generation
of policy leaders and policy ideas.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Press Secretary
will proactively and aggressively pitch TCF’s research and experts
to reporters and thought leaders, in addition to maintaining the
core media relations infrastructure (e.g. press lists, media clips,
interview coordination, and prep). They will take an active role in
supporting organizational leadership, including TCF’s president and
congressional affairs director, in addition to supervising a senior
communications associate who leads TCF’s digital and social media
This is a full-time position, with competitive salary and
benefits. The position will be remote until TCF resumes in-person
operations, and then will be based out of TCF’s Washington, D.C.
office. The ideal candidate will have an established network of
reporters, producers, broadcast bookers, opinion leaders,
advocates, and congressional staff in the nation’s capital. They
should be comfortable providing high-level advice to senior staff
and experts, while also willing to jump in to get the job
- Create and execute media strategy. Develop and drive earned
media strategy for TCF and Next100 research reports, campaigns, and
- Proactively pitch. Implement day-to-day press outreach by
pitching local, regional, and national media. Work to secure
high-profile coverage of TCF and Next100’s work, especially on TV
- Develop materials. Write and edit persuasive external and
internal documents such as press releases, media advisories,
op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial board memos, fact sheets,
talking points, funder documents, and communications plans.
- Identify media opportunities. Have a strong understanding of
the media landscape surrounding TCF’s issues and identify
opportunities to participate in ongoing conversations.
- Field media inquiries. Coordinate interview requests, prep
experts for media appearances, and help to hone TCF’s message
across policy areas.
- Manage rapid response. Monitor breaking news events, develop
messaging, and conduct rapid response outreach to the
- Maintain media relations systems. Develop and consistently
update press lists across TCF and Next100’s issue areas, compile
news clippings, and coordinate with external vendors.
- Assist in Hill outreach. Assist with outreach to congressional
staff and the White House and liaise with stakeholders and partners
on TCF’s research, briefings, and events.
The ideal candidate is:
- A news junkie. You consume a lot of news—reading it, listening
to it, watching it. You have a keen eye for media trends and
storylines, and how they are shifting. You love to brainstorm how
to make news and insert TCF’s ideas into the
conversation. You have strong media instincts, and know what to do
when faced with difficult decisions on whether/how to
- Interested in politics and policy research. You believe public
policy can be a force for good, and you’re clued into what is
happening in Washington, D.C.. Your Twitter following includes a
lot of reporters and policymakers. You don’t mind reading wonky
research reports—but you really enjoy thinking
through how to synthesize them and make them pop for the media and
- Not afraid of the telephone. You have significant experience
and confidence (and success!) with pitching reporters and landing
stories. You’re not concerned with a pitch being turned down, or
being hung up on, or with following up too many times.
- A good writer. You have excellent verbal and written
communication skills, and you can write well for a wide variety of
audiences, voices, issues, and formats.
- Excellent at multi-tasking. You have the ability to handle
multiple assignments at once, work quickly, and meet deadlines in a
fast-paced environment while paying attention to details.
- Committed to racial justice and social change. You’re aligned
with TCF’s values and vision, and have a passion for advancing
progressive change that has a real impact on people’s lives. You
want to work alongside colleagues who share that
- Five to seven years of experience working in progressive
politics, strategic communications, media relations, advocacy,
journalism, or a related field. Direct or indirect management in
those fields is a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to secure print, radio, and TV coverage on
issues related to TCF and Next100’s core issue areas.
- A strong network of national media contacts, including
D.C.-based reporters and producers. Experience maintaining strong
relationships with journalists.
- Contacts on Capitol Hill and experience working in a
legislative or advocacy environment to push for policy change.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills, and the ability to
write clearly and concisely about complex topics.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and copies of
(or links to) at least one writing sample. Applications will be
reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an
inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is
encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, non-gender
conforming individuals, people of color, and people with