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 Press Secretary, Rapid Response - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Posted by: Human Rights Campaign 
Hiring entity type: Not-for-Profit 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Communications
Public Relations
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 306 / Latpro-3578747 
Date posted: Nov-01-2017
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20036


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We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.


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.



All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically.  Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.


No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status. 

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type


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