POSITION TITLE: Press Associate
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Press Secretary and Brand Strategist
WORK SCHEDULE: Part-time through the midterm elections (with potential to turn into a permanent position)
CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt Employee
SALARY: $20/hr, max 20 hours per week
LOCATION: Remote; NYC or DC preferred. Please note that the March For Our Lives Communications team operates in the Eastern time zone
In 2018, out of tragedy, March For Our Lives (often colloquially referred to as M4OL, MFOL, or simply March) was born. Survivors of the Parkland shooting went on to organize the single largest protest against gun violence in history with a historic march on Washington, D.C. in 2018, joined by 800 sibling marches around the world. We turned a moment into a movement with 300 local chapters dedicated to eradicating gun violence in all forms.
The Press Associate will work directly with the Press Secretary & Brand Strategist to manage MFOL’s relationships with reporters and ensure timely and accurate coverage of the organization’s activities, priorities and people. In this role, the Associate will assist with tasks related to running a press shop, including responding to media inquiries, coordinating interviews and tracking news stories. This position will be part of the March For Our Lives Communications team.
March For Our Lives Action Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider applicants for positions without regard to any category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status or uniformed service member status.
Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, young people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Monitor the press inbox and work with the team to develop appropriate responses to reporter inquiries
- Schedule interviews between reporters and March For Our Lives spokespeople
- Create first draft of press materials, including statements, comments, quotes
- Compile regular updates of media coverage for awareness of the MFOL staff, board and other stakeholders
- Consistently monitor the media landscape and alert the communications team of news that MFOL should comment on
- Attend weekly calls with the Communications team and MFOL staff, and a weekly 1:1 call with the Press Secretary & Brand Strategist
WHO YOU ARE
- You’re naturally curious and eager to learn. No prior experience in media relations is necessary, but some background or strong interest in journalism, public relations or related field is preferred.
- You care about progressive causes. Experience advocating for an issue, cause or candidate is strongly preferred.
- You’re a news enthusiast. You have a natural interest in current events and understand what drives news, as well as the ability to predict how a story will evolve and develop over time.
- You’re a strong and empathetic communicator. Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate clearly with external and internal audiences, including with young organizers and survivors of gun violence.