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Press Officer - Communications

Help us promote the importance of health, environmental, public safety and other safeguards, spreading the message that they are necessary to stop corporate crime, endangerment and abuse. We seek a proactive, strategic communicator who can help us gain ground in the messaging war against the Big Business interests intent on dismantling the regulatory system. Far from costing jobs, regulations create employment and are key to keeping our air clean, our food and water safe, our financial system secure and so much more.

Working with Public Citizen’s Communications Director and the Coordinator of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, this communicator should be a fast writer who can engage in rapid-fire response; develop pithy and concise messages; find media opportunities across all platforms; regularly contact reporters, bloggers and editorial writers regularly; write blog entries; and draft op-eds, letters to the editor and editorial board memos. The ideal candidate will have a public interest background, experience in journalism and/or campaign communications, and familiarity with the Washington, D.C., media landscape. The ideal candidate is a strong writer and is able to quickly generate a lot of materials and buzz using social media platforms and e-activism as well as traditional media outreach.  

Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 300,000 members and activists. The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards is an alliance of consumer, small business, labor, scientific, research, good government, faith, community, health, environmental and public interest groups joined in the belief that our country’s system of regulatory safeguards provides a stable framework that secures our quality of life and paves the way for a sound economy that benefits us all.

Essential Functions/Job Duties:

The Communications Officer is responsible for spreading key messages about the regulatory system to media, other nonprofit organizations, lawmakers and more. The Communications Officer works closely with the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards coordinator and coalition communications team to devise strategy and do a wide range of media outreach and rapid response work as needed.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the Public Citizen’s Communications Director and the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards coordinator, draw up strategic communications plans to meet short- and long-term goals.
  • Engage daily in rapid response. Identify opportunities daily to get out key messages about regulations – e.g., search for and pursue op-ed, talk radio, local TV, LTE and other opportunities.
  • Interact regularly with coalition partners to keep abreast of their activities.
  • Leverage the work of coalition partners to better communicate key messages.
  • Help maintain and grow the coalition’s Twitter handle and Facebook pages.
  • Write blog posts and draft op-eds, letters to the editor, press releases, broadcast advisories and other press materials as needed.
  • Keep up with legislative developments on regulatory bills moving through Congress.
  • Keep up with news relating to regulations. Compile and distribute to the coalition regulatory media hits daily.
  • Pitch media.
  • Help maintain the coalition website.
  • Maintain a website that tracks regulatory delays.
  • Other duties as assigned.   


Bachelor’s degree in communications or public affairs. Three to five years in public interest or campaign communications, with experience and proven results in rapid response and the development of communications strategies around consumer or advocacy issues, or for a political campaign. Track record of writing powerful pieces and maintaining and growing social media platforms. Journalism and/or campaign communications experience and knowledge of the workings of Capitol Hill and executive branch agencies preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability to write compelling, clear and accurate content quickly.
  • Demonstrated interest in the public interest mission; must understand and enthusiastically support the work of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly and juggle many issues and tasks at once in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Familiarity with the workings of executive branch agencies.
  • Familiarity with the Hill and Washington, D.C., media.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a grant-contingent position. Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience; good medical and dental coverage; three weeks paid vacation for new employees.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to abradbery@citizen.org. Please include your last name and the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email and in the filenames of attachments.

Note:  The job duties and qualifications listed above are intended to describe the general contents of the job requirements for this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list.

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