Press Secretary, Climate War Room

  • Reports to: Communications Director, Climate War Room
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Climate War Room
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time

Summary

The Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Climate War Room has an immediate opening for a Press Secretary to execute the team’s earned media strategy and to serve as a spokesperson engaging with state and national reporters. The 2020 presidential election will be a defining moment in the nation’s ability to address the climate crisis. It is critical that the next president and Congress emerge from the election emboldened to act on climate change.

The Climate War Room will engage in the presidential election using research, earned media, and digital content to spur a national conversation on climate. The team will elevate the threat of climate change and shape the conversation on solutions; put the Trump administration on the defensive for its extreme positions; and rebut attacks from the fossil fuel industry and their allies. It will also ensure that nominees lean into this issue and lay the groundwork for legislative success in 2021 and beyond.

The Climate War Room is an independent project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club—three organizations committed to making the urgency of climate change and the Trump administration’s opposition to action critical to the 2020 political conversation. This is a limited-term position that is funded through December 1, 2020.

Responsibilities:

  • Execute the earned media strategy: Working with the Communications Director and team, implement and update the daily, weekly, and monthly calendar to drive coverage that highlights the administration’s anti-climate policies, draws attention to these policies’ impacts, and elevates the consequences of climate change on people’s lives.
  • Engage with the press: Manage incoming requests from state and national media; work with reporters to place stories and opinion pieces; schedule interviews and prepare interviewees; conduct frequent and consistent outreach to reporters and columnists covering the campaign; and serve as a spokesperson.
  • Develop materials: Write press releases, talking points, opinion pieces, and pitches.
  • Rapid response: Identify and prioritize response to developing news stories and manage press and surrogate outreach.
  • Events: Organize and support state-based earned media events in partnership with other members of the Communications team, local organizations, surrogates, and ordinary Americans whose lives have been affected by climate change.
  • Metrics: Track coverage, analyze results, and adjust strategy.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least three years of communications experience, including electoral campaign experience. Climate issue advocacy experience is a plus.
  • Experience writing persuasive content under tight timelines.
  • Experience managing rapid-response and enterprise communications strategies.
  • Experience working on the record and with surrogates.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced campaign environment with unpredictable hours in high-pressure situations.
  • Track record of working effectively in a team to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. This position offers a full and competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.