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Media Relations Strategist

About Us

Are you ready to stretch your media relations talents and be a storyteller for some of the biggest and most respected nonprofit brands in the world? If so, the  position of Media Relations Strategist is worth your time to consider.

 

THEIR MISSION. OUR PURPOSE. 1st Degree is a leading integrated communications company dedicated to the nonprofit sector supporting organizations that are changing the world. We design integrated marketing and communications strategies that build clients’ brand awareness, support fundraising goals and create closer relationships with their constituents — their employees, donors, voters, legislative representatives, members, and business partners.

 

WE MAKE THE COMPLEX SIMPLE. We provide our clients with an omnichannel solution across all communication platforms both paid and earned. Our successful projects combine creative that wows, knowledge channels that support audience reach, data driven recommendations and customer service this is unmatched. Our company provides direct services including public relations, social influencer marketing, paid/earned advertising across linear, digital, OOH, OTT, and CTV. 1stdegree.com.

 

WE DO BIG STUFF. Dedicated to the nonprofit industry does not mean small projects. Our clients are some of the most successful and respected brands in world. As fundraising, marketing and communications are converging to create constituent engagements, the role we play in their success is critical. Some of our projects in recent weeks include network news features, Capitol Hill briefings, media tours, press conferences, social influencer campaigns, sports marketing activation, radio/tv/CTV/OOH paid and earned media. This was just one client.

 

WE ARE NOT A SMALL COMPANY. 1st Degree is a Moore company, a leading constituent experience management (CXM) company focused on the integration of the donor experience across all platforms, channels, and devices. With over 3,500 employees in 40 locations across the country, the company provides strategy, creative, production, media, data, and analytic services powered by an ongoing investment in next-generation artificial intelligence and machine learning to nonprofit, political and association clients. wearemoore.com

 

Summary

STORYTELLER. STRATEGIST. HUNTER. With our Media Relations Strategist position we are looking for a powerhouse storyteller with the confidence in their skills and an established rapport with the media to design and execute complex PR strategies that leverage high-profile earned media opportunities to educate and engage new audiences for our nonprofit clients.

 

This key person in our company will have a dogged determination to get a client’s story told in the right way, with the right messages and through the desired channels, as well as amazing client interface abilities.

 

This is a full-time position at 1st Degree and an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to take their career to the next level working in an agency environment. This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Media Relations.

 

The workplace for this position will be mutually agreed upon with options including full-time space at any of our 40 Moore offices throughout the country, hybrid office/remote or full-time remote with collaboration travel for client and team meetings.

 

Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement strategic and public relations plans that reflect a full understanding the client’s mission and strategy.

  • Design and manage complex issue campaigns that meet public relations KPI deliverables.

  • Identify, interview, research and evaluate potential media stories.

  • Pitch news stories to various media outlets including TV, print, radio, podcasts and other media outlets.

  • Establish and develop relationships with members of the press.

  • Draft written message materials including press releases, talking points, pitches and media alerts.

  • Manage and administer the activities of multiple accounts or industry segments in accordance with client objectives.

  • Work well under deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Performs other duties as required.

 

Required Skills and Abilities

  • A deep understanding of the inner workings of the news industry, news production cycle, and current trends and needs of reporters and media outlets.

  • Great interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a variety of communication styles.

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, friendly, dependable, and proactive.

  • High level of professionalism with established strong relationships with key stakeholders

  • Ability to coach, train and prepare client spokespersons so they can effectively and succinctly deliver key messages with ease

  • Ability to prepare and present complex materials or issues before a wide variety of audiences.

  • Must be able to multitask, have strong attention to detail, be highly organized and able to consistently manage multiple projects and multiple clients at a time.

  • Must have excellent communication and presentation skills with comfort presenting to C-Suite clients and company leadership.

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timelines.

  • Ability to travel when required.

 

Education and Experience

  • 5+ years of experience working directly with the media in an agency, news, entertainment, corporate, nonprofit or political position.

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field required.

  • Proven background in placement in national television and print.

  • Have and maintain existing producer and reporter relationships.

 

Our Benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged, and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and paid time off so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Each full-time position at 1st Degree is eligible for our comprehensive benefits package, which includes medical & prescription, dental and vision insurance, employer-paid life insurance, a Health Savings Account plan, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, optional Short-term and Long-term Disability coverage, and other voluntary benefit options. We offer paid holidays, paid personal leave, paid volunteer leave, and paid family leave. Employees have the option to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k) plan. Several benefit plans have eligibility waiting periods.

1st Degree is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status. 1st Degree is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.