Job Description
Job Title Media Relations Associate
Job ID 743158
Begin Date 8/7/13
Location New York,  NY 10001
Other Location
Description Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.
Human Rights First has a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. We focus our efforts not on making a point, but on making a difference. We know from experience that human rights progress is more durable when diverse partners work together to bring about change, so we build strategic, non-partisan alliances to support our objectives. We pride ourselves on this practical, inclusive approach. It works.
Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First is seeking a full-time Media Relations Associate in its New York City office. The ideal candidate for this vacancy is a media savvy, detail-oriented individual who works well with people and under deadline. He or she should possess strong writing, editing and research skills, excellent news sense, a familiarity with new media, and a basic knowledge of media pitching.

This position reports to the Media Relations Director and interacts with all members of the communications team and Human Rights First’s policy staff. 

·Cultivate relationships with reporters, editors, producers, bloggers and other media professionals with the goal of influencing American lawmakers and the public to understand and act on current human rights issues;

·Generate media coverage through targeted pitching, especially to journalists in the New York City market;

·Identify potential media opportunities;

·Prepare, review and copyedit news releases, op-eds, blog posts, letters to the editor and other communications and press materials;

·Work with Human Rights First’s communications team to ensure timely responses to media inquiries and delivery of accurate information upon request;

·Prepare spokespeople for interviews with the press;

·Work closely with and strategize with colleagues in the Communications Department including the web team, media associates and communications strategists;

·Coordinate media availabilities for Human Rights First staff and spokespersons;

·Plan and staff press events in New York City;

·Help to compile daily press clips;

·Track key advocacy targets to identify future press opportunities;

·Assist with management of NYC-based communications interns.

Education requirements:  

B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. degree required

ANNUAL SALARY:  Competitive with comprehensive benefits package 

START DATE:  Immediately

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  September 6, 2013Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


Please complete the online application found at our website under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links. 

You will be requested to provide: 

·Resume (upload)

·Cover letter (secondary upload*)

·Writing Sample

·Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)

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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
Required Skills •Relevant experience in political communications, public relations or media, three to five years in the New York City market preferred;

•Experience pitching stories to major news outlets;

•Strong written and oral communication skills;

•Commitment to accuracy and detail;

•Highly organized and motivated creative problem solver;

•Comfort juggling multiple projects and prioritizing workload;

•Excellent time management skills;

•Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently and with others in a team environment;


•Demonstrated interest in human rights, international relations, or related fields;

•Existing relationships with New York reporters;

•Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
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