Senior Public Relations Specialist

6 days left

Washington, DC
Sep 19, 2023
Sep 30, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post has an exciting opportunity for an accomplished Senior Publicist who will help build our growing brand, leading the storytelling for The Post's award-winning politics team and journalism.

The candidate will need to be a strategic thought partner, a captivating storyteller, an exceptional writer, and an organized project manager. The candidate will be responsible for promoting our journalists and their work, collaborating across the team on all news that intersects with politics. The ideal candidate will have prior broadcast, communications and social media outreach experience, spanning both proactive and reactive efforts.

  • You have a passion for politics and the news.
  • You are energized by a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • You are creative and collaborative. You are always willing to problem solve and innovate to find the best solutions.
  • You build strong relationships with your peers, partners and personalities. You are a trusted partner to all you work with.
  • You are nimble and able to pivot quickly with the news cycle.
  • You are team based, recognizing that you must work with others to achieve the best results.
  • You are impact-oriented, always striving to meet a goal or outcome.

  • Engage with staff across the organization to continue reinforcing The Washington Post's dominance in politics and accountability journalism.
  • Create and execute personality-driven strategies for politics journalists.
  • Contribute to the strategy and promotion of leadership-focused politics products, i.e., unique newsletters, podcasts, etc., aligning with internal stakeholders.
  • Drive all external communications around politics-related content, including interview opportunities, speaking engagements and more.
  • Develop messaging, write press materials and other documents, including reports, memos, talking points and FAQs.
  • Continually foster deep knowledge of industry and trends to inform creative strategies for promotion and media outreach.
  • Facilitate incoming requests and media inquiries working with Communications senior leadership.
  • Establish and maintain outstanding relationships with media and consumer-facing outlets.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

  • Experience counseling senior level stakeholders on delivering key messaging.
  • Prior experience building and executing on longer term, creative, proactive communications campaigns.
  • Ability to distill complex information and synthesize key points clearly, succinctly and quickly for broad audiences.
  • Ability to interact effectively and develop credibility from senior leadership, colleagues and external business partners.
  • Strategic, collaborative and creative thinker who can multitask on a variety of projects, prioritize moment to moment and deliver results in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Inquisitive mindset with well-developed critical, analytical abilities.
  • Strong presentation, oral and written skills.
  • Bachelor's Degree is required
  • At least six (6) years of related work experience.


Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?