Press Secretary (Remote) at MoveOn

Website MoveOn

Full-time •  Competitive Pay • Excellent Benefits • Work from Anywhere in the Contiguous U.S.

MoveOn is a people-powered force for progress. We wield independent political power by bringing millions together to take action to create a country with a place of honor and dignity for everyone—where all are welcome, we take care of one another, and where everyone is set up to thrive.

For more than a generation, MoveOn has been a bulwark against the radical right and has channeled millions of voices to end wars, protect democracy, and advance justice for all. We’ve built political power for progressive change through mobilizing the left to Democrats so that we can advance our vision of an America for all.

MoveOn is the largest multi-issue digital first political campaigning organization in the country. We drive rapid-response campaigns at scale on a multitude of key issues at high-impact moments while building sustainable campaigns that resonate and grow over time. Whether its democracy, health care, foreign policy, economic justice, immigration or otherwise, MoveOn provides our members with timely ways to take action for change.

The Press Secretary is a key implementer of MoveOn’s media and profile-building strategy. The Press Secretary will bottom line day-to-day media needs for the organization, including shaping and implementing proactive and reactive media relations plans to attract positive earned media attention for the organization, its programs, members, and leaders. Our ideal candidate should have several years of hands-on experience in earned media, hold relationships with national press, served as an on the record spokesperson, and have worked in a political campaign environment.


Seek and secure positive news media coverage for the organization, both by initiating opportunities, and implementing strategies, nationally and in target states.
Produce or assist in the creation of products for both media and external affairs audiences(press releases, background pieces, advisories, talking points, op-eds, pitch memos, slide decks, newsletters).
Coordinate interviews and prepare staff and members for media and other public appearances.
Work with media consultants to proactively pitch journalists and bookers and respond to media inquiries.
Keep abreast of the news cycle to stay current on press opportunities and challenges.
Shape and implement media plans for priority program work.
Work with program staff to support their media related requests, and offer guidance and capacity.
Support development of messaging and talking points for emergent issues.
Coordinate press events, or support the planning and implementation of coalition or member-led press events.
Assist with profile-building strategies in support of our electoral, issue, and fundraising goals.
Cultivate and maintain key relationships with national media, and manage press lists.
Monitor media clips and compile and distribute media reports and analysis.
Liaise with campaign, compliance, and leadership team members to review and coordinate content for a variety of press materials.
Report regularly on your accomplishments and departmental activity.
Perform other duties as assigned to support communications and organizational goals as needed.
A successful candidate will:

Thrive in a rapid-response, collaborative, digitally native organization that may require occasional long hours as required based on rapid response needs.
Have a strong track record of managing projects with multiple stakeholders to completion.
Be self-motivated, express humility, and have commitment to lifelong learning, self-examination, and promotion of equity.
Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail for audiences across multiple levels, and an ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
Have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work both independently and as a team member in a busy remote office with personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor.
Have a background in, or strong familiarity in and interest with movements for progressive social change, and political or issue campaigns.
Be keenly attentive toward staying up to speed on political and current events.
Demonstrate diplomacy, respect, and sound judgment.
Required skills and experience:

Have at least 3-4 years of media relations and strategic communications experience in a political, electoral, organizing, or progressive issue campaign environment;
Experience securing positive national press coverage and serving as an on-the-record spokesperson;
Possess a clear sense of the national political media landscape and holds relationships with journalists;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong writing and copy editing skills;
Demonstrated experience with, and comfort in a rapid-response campaign environment;
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, be flexible, organized, self-motivated, and adapt to rapidly changing political and news environments to achieve goals;
Takes initiative, is solution-oriented, and is comfortable wading into details and the big picture;
Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing, media monitoring tools, internal communications platforms like Slack, and e-mail programs;
An ability to manage multiple projects while adhering to messaging guidelines and meeting deadlines;
Ability to incorporate feedback as part of our collaborative team process;
A commitment to equity and contributing to improving organizational equity practices and culture; and
Project management skills and experience.
Reports to: The Communications Director for Media & Messaging

Location: Position may be based anywhere in the contiguous United States. May require occasional travel.

Classification, Salary and Benefits: At MoveOn, we commit to equity in our compensation philosophy and practices. We are committed to equal pay for equal work. To counter systemic compensation issues in this country and pay inequality, we have a nonnegotiable compensation practice. We utilize benchmarking and peer organization data to ensure we provide competitive nonprofit compensation and benefits. The annual salary for this position is $106,634.15. In addition to the base salary, we offer a monthly home office subsidy.  We also offer an internet and phone subsidy of $2,100 annually and a health and wellness subsidy of $900 annually. All of these cash benefits are added to your bimonthly paycheck. We offer strong medical, dental, and vision benefits, which are free to employees and children of employees (spouses or domestic partners can be added at a subsidized rate). We offer employer-paid premiums for life insurance; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year, prorated for the period that you work; 18 weeks of paid parental leave (birth, adoption, foster care placement of a child), 10 days accrued paid sick time prorated for the period that you work; paid family medical leave; and 8 staff holidays and 6 floating holidays. We contribute 5% to your 401(k) after six months of employment. We also offer a $1000 in professional development budget each year for each staff member. Civic Action and Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.