Jobs at CPR
Job Opportunities at the Center for Progressive Reform
CPR maintains a staff of eight and works closely with a media consultant. In all its hiring, CPR seeks smart, aggressive, self-starters, able and eager to function effectively in the organization's virtual office. CPR is an equal opportunity employer.
April 5, 2013: CPR is now seeking a Communications Specialist. The job description is available in PDF form, and follows, here:
The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) seeks an independent and resourceful person to serve as Communications Specialist for a small but influential 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to protecting health, safety, and the environment through analysis and commentary. Under the supervision of CPR’s executive director and communications consultant, the Communications Specialist will help to plan and implement a wide variety of media activities to gain coverage for CPR and its Member Scholars on the issues on which CPR works.
Since its founding in 2002, CPR has thrived under a unique model as a “virtual think tank,” with staff working from home offices to support a network of CPR Member Scholars across the country. Staff meet regularly in person in the Washington DC area. However, the successful candidate must have the desire and discipline to work out of a home office. Proximity to the Washington DC area is preferred.
The successful candidate must possess the following:
- an understanding of a wide variety of media activities, including new media outlets;
- excellent written and verbal communication skills, creativity, and vision;
- orientation to detail, and the ability to work independently while seeking collaboration and/or further direction when necessary;
- the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities and meet deadlines;
- excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative team working style;
- the ability to work under pressure, and familiarity with public relations and media outreach;
- a commitment to CPR’s mission;
- a bachelor’s degree and between one to three years of relevant experience or an equivalent demonstrated background of experience in the field;
- excellent computer skills;
- interest in environmental and administrative law and policy; and
- a background in progressive politics and/or environmental knowledge as well as existing relationships with media outlets and demonstrated ability to generate coverage is a plus.
The Communications Specialist will work closely with CPR’s communications consultant to implement the organization’s strategies for online visibility and media outreach. The Communications Specialist will be responsible for:
- supervising, editing, writing and promoting CPRBlog;
- developing relationships with new media actors, including bloggers; monitoring media discourse on CPR’s issues;
- creating and distributing email blasts and other outreach to advocacy organizations and CPR subscribers;
- assisting in developing media plans; working with program staff and the communications consultant to develop and implement them;
- working with CPR’s communications consultant to generate press releases, statements, fact sheets and other press materials;
- pitching CPR-related stories to media and fielding telephone calls from the media, serving as point-of-contact for media inquiries, providing background to media and arranging interviews with CPR Member Scholars;
- building relationships with reporters, producers, columnists, and editorial writers;
- conducting research to develop fact sheets, press releases, talking points, and other media relations and programmatic materials as needed;
- working with appropriate program staff to coordinate, execute and publicize events, teleconferences, and other promotional activities; and,
- developing and implementing a strategy to increase web traffic.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes benefits. CPR is an equal opportunity employer.