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Press Secretary, Rapid Response at Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC

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Position Summary:


The Press Secretary, Rapid Response reports to the Director of Communications and is responsible for real-time monitoring and messaging guidance. The Press Secretary oversees and executes rapid-response communication functions, especially related to breaking political news. The Press Secretary’s day-to-day responsibilities will include supervising other rapid response team members and monitoring, researching and responding to news on LGBTQ-related policy matters.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, monitor, research and respond to news on LGBTQ-related policy matters.
  • Research and analyze breaking news.
  • Rapidly respond in a complex and fast-paced organization.
  • Support, conceive and execute rapid response needs for a team of communication and research professionals.
  • 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.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others across business units, functional departments and disciplines.
  • Create effective partnerships at all levels of the organization.
  • Help establish new directions with messaging and manage rapid change.
  • Manage at least one other rapid response team member. Management duties include, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees.  
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred;
  • Five to eight years’ experience with organizational communications, preferably in a political setting;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Must display outstanding listening skills;
  • Possess exceptional writing talent as well as the communications skills necessary to elicit the right information from a variety of sources;
  • Excellent analytical and creative skills;
  • Must be self-driven and well-versed in developing communication materials, and must be eager to pitch extensively;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead through influence and network;
  • Highly professional demeanor;
  • Strong sense of urgency;
  • Able to keep a level head during crisis;
  • 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;Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure while simultaneously handling multiple projects to meet tight deadlines;
  • 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.

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