The Brennan Center seeks a dynamic and experienced senior media strategist to work in-person with our Media & Strategy team in the Communications & Strategy Department at the organization’s New York City headquarters.
One of the Brennan Center’s primary goals is driving the national conversation around issues of democracy and justice. The senior media strategist will partner with the organization’s experts, attorneys, and researchers to design and implement comprehensive press plans for the Center’s reports, litigation, legislative efforts, and other projects. The role requires a keen understanding of the news cycle and what drives press coverage, top-notch writing and editing skills, proven ability to respond quickly to breaking news, experience shaping public debate through media placements, and experience working with the country’s most influential journalists, editors, and producers.
As a senior member of the Brennan Center’s media relations team, the senior media strategist will report to the national media director and collaborate with program staff at the earliest stages of project conception, developing and executing robust and ambitious media plans targeted at the national and regional audiences most important to the success of the project.
The senior media strategist is expected to develop and maintain mastery of the issues assigned to them. For each issue, that includes knowledge of Brennan Center publications, research, and positions; trends in news coverage; best practices for messaging; and debates among advocates and in academia.
When news breaks that relates to Brennan Center work, the senior media strategist will ensure that the press knows as quickly as possible what our experts and research can offer. The senior media strategist will balance multiple projects, tight deadlines, and changing priorities, all with the goal of helping the Brennan Center shape public opinion and build momentum for our work.
Specific duties will include:
The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.
Position Start Date: No sooner than October 4th, 2021
Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as qualified candidates are identified. To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/OksxNvXOTN/Senior-Media-Strategist. Please upload the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste where indicated), resume, and contact information for three references. In addition, please provide URLs to a total of three op-eds or news stories that you placed or reported, with a brief explanation of your role in its placement or production. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting.
If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Senior Media Strategist” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying through our website is strongly preferred.
Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.
The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center