Media Relations Associate
The National Taxpayers Union and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTU and NTUF) are seeking a motivated, passionate individual to join our team as a Media Relations Associate. The Media Relations Associate will provide support to the communications department, building relationships with members of the media and crafting the pro-taxpayer message that NTU and NTUF want to carry in print and on air. This is a full-time position that may be remote to start due to ongoing COVID-19 protocols, but is based in our Washington, D.C. office.
The Media Relations Associate role will be a vital part of the team and will play a significant part in building the organizational infrastructure for a larger footprint for NTU and NTUF. This is a great opportunity for a communications professional to grow and learn in a dynamic and varied environment.
Responsibilities for this role will include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Creating and maintaining media contact lists - This position will be in charge of NTU’s communications with a variety of media members, including tax policy reporters, state political analysts, legal trade journals and publications, and more.
- Writing and adapting press releases for journalists and broadcasters that inserts NTU’s messaging into the daily news cycle.
- Editing and proofreading op-eds, issue briefs and other publications produced by the NTU and NTUF teams.
- Maintaining a calendar of predictable news cycles and events that NTU’s team can have in mind as our work is being produced.
- Working across departments to make sure NTU and NTUF’s teams are equipped with the tools, news and information they need to maximize media exposure.
Qualifications for the job include:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;
- 1-3 years of experience working in a communications or public relations environment, preferably with a track record of media citations;
- Written and oral communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work as an independent contributor and as part of a team;
- A willingness to learn new skills in a rapidly-changing and active organization;
- Experience with Cision, Mailchimp, and similar and other media relations software a plus, but not required
Founded in 1969, National Taxpayers Union proudly serves as the “Voice of America’s Taxpayers,” fighting to ensure that all Americans are able to pursue their dreams without the heavy hand of government holding them back. NTU is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen group whose members work every day for lower taxes and smaller government at all levels. Our partner organization National Taxpayers Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization dedicated to showing Americans how taxes, government spending, and regulations affect them.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, three writing samples (minimum of 500 words each), and at least two professional references to: Sylvia Carranza (firstname.lastname@example.org). While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.
NTU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
Both National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) offer competitive internship programs for college students and recent graduates to learn more about government processes, free-market principles, public policy, the benefits of limited government, and nonprofit operations. Interns receive hands-on experience working to help advance tax reform, decrease public spending, inform the general public about the effects of government spending, and hold officials accountable.
To apply for an internship, please send a resume in Word or PDF format along with two writing samples and a cover letter to Sylvia Carranza at email@example.com. No phone calls please. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. NTU and NTUF are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
Internship Application Process
Internships are granted on a rolling basis and may take place during any time of the year. Internships are generally unpaid, though participants may receive academic credit. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples with the subject line "NTU/NTUF Internship Program" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship opportunities exist in the following areas:
Assist the Communications department in responding to media inquiries and research requests; conduct media outreach; identify placement opportunities in print, broadcast, and online media; track media coverage; write for NTU and NTUF newsletters; and edit numerous written materials such as press releases, letters to the editor, and policy papers. Candidates will possess a basic knowledge of and interest in the media, strong communication and writing skills, and a positive attitude. New Media knowledge and video/audio production are pluses.
Assist NTU's Government Affairs department in lobbying on federal and state issues; conduct policy research and analysis; assist in grassroots taxpayer education efforts; formulate reports and opinion editorials; and attend or participate in policy seminars, hearings, coalition meetings, and briefings. Candidates will possess an interest in public policy (specifically budget, tax, and regulatory issues) and strong research, communication, and writing skills. Interns will leave with a better understanding of how government really works, valuable experience, and professional writing samples.
Assist Development department in expanding and maintaining NTU's and NTUF's fundraising programs; conduct research on potential donors; sustain relationships with current supporters through correspondence; assist with NTU’s direct mail program; and maintain NTU and NTUF's extensive database of members. Candidates will possess strong research and communication skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to free-market principles.
Policy & Research:
Assist with Foundation research and outreach activities related to budget issues & tax reform. Responsibilities include tracking the policy proposals of lawmakers and candidates as well as legislative tracking and research. Other tasks may include communications duties such as assisting with social media efforts, producing website content, and tracking NTUF's appearances in the media. Candidates will possess basic quantitative skills, attention to detail, an interest in public policy issues (specifically budget, tax, and regulatory issues) and strong research, communication, and writing skills.
Produce clear, coherent online products to illustrate NTU and NTUF’s products, utilize online tools, programs, and platforms to engage and educate our audience, and supplement content by other departments with sharp graphics and web pages. Candidates should be familiar with a number of social media platforms, and should possess some knowledge of graphical editing software, either online or offline. Skills related to Imgur, Reddit, LinkedIn, and email marketing platforms are encouraged. Basic HTML and CSS experience is preferred. Extensive training in proprietary products will be provided.