Press Advisor

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

Third Way is seeking a Press Advisor to elevate and expand the reach of Third Way’s research, products, experts, and voice in national and key state outlets. This person will conduct initial outreach to—and maintain Third Way relationships with—reporters, columnists, and editorial boards at leading publications. The aim is to maximize the impact of key Third Way products and experts in the media.

The Press Advisor reports to the Senior Director of Communications. Knowledge of policy and politics are important, but determination and enthusiasm to secure media coverage is a must. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who is an avid consumer of political news, has a background working in a press role, and is interested in gaining experience.

As the Press Advisor, a typical day might include…

  • Crafting and implementing rollout strategies to market Third Way’s products, polling, and data to the press and influencers to expand the reach of Third Way’s ideas and staff;
  • Identifying key story lines and narratives in the news where Third Way can contribute and shape elite conversations;
  • Maintaining and building Third Way’s press relationships, tracking the Senior Director of Communications’ and Executive Vice President for Public Affairs’ press relationships; and identifying opportunities to expand our outreach;
  • Working to build new relationships with relevant reporters, columnists, radio shows, podcasts, etc;
  • Maintaining comprehensive press lists, managing media inquiries, identifying media opportunities, and tracking coverage of Third Way’s mentions in the news;
  • Working with other members of Third Way’s communications teams and policy staff to develop creative and sticky pitches/campaigns that are relevant and timely;
  • Working with a TV booker and consultants on pitches, talking points, and other projects; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

This might be the job for you, if you…

  • have an interest in communications work and a passion for working in national politics;
  • can identify relevant opportunities for outreach and develop smart pitches and tailored press materials to shape the media conversation;
  • can conceive of and create memorable and unique pitches to communicate our ideas to reporters and others outside the organization;
  • have a capacity for relationship building and exercising diplomacy and professionalism when communicating with press, external stakeholders, and staff;
  • are passionate about building a robust center-left and want to contribute towards Third Way’s mission;
  • are curious and eager for professional development;
  • think on your feet and adapt to changes effortlessly;
  • communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally;
  • have an undergraduate degree in a related field or relevant work experience; and,
  • want to make a difference and an imprint as Third Way’s newest Press Advisor.

Third Way is committed to the health, safety and wellness of all employees, candidates, stakeholders, and communities. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 full vaccination. Proof of full vaccination status will be required after an offer of employment is extended and accepted. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the start date will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Third Way offers a flexible, hybrid work environment to support our employees’ healthy work\life balance. This position is based in Washington, DC, and Third Way’s in-office days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.

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