Press Secretary

Washington D.C.
Jan 23, 2018
Feb 27, 2018
Full Time


The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a big mission: we’re working to ensure the federal government is dynamic, innovative and that it effectively serves the American people. We’ve got a great team that helps make it happen.

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core, we share a lot of the same traits. We are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.

Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:

  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government
  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect
  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results
  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible

We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process.  Are you ready to join our team?



The Partnership for Public Service seeks a Press Secretary to work as part of its fast paced communications team. The Press Secretary reports to the Communications Director and is responsible for developing and executing creative media strategies to communicate the Partnership’s mission, programs, research, activities and priorities. The Press Secretary is the primary point of contact for all media inquiries. This person will maintain and develop relationships with the media; write supporting materials that include e-mail pitches, talking points, press statements, media advisories and news releases; prepare key members of the organization for interviews; evaluate and report on the success of outreach, and other duties related to proactive media relations.



  • Work with the Communications Director to contribute to the overall communication strategy and direction for the organization
  • Develop and execute media outreach plans to promote the Partnership’s mission, activities, programs and priorities 
  • Position the Partnership as a thought-leader on government reform issues
  • Develop press opportunities for the Partnership’s President and CEO and other executive leadership.
  • Serve as a trusted resource for the senior leadership team around media relations and strategy
  • Conduct proactive media outreach on Partnership research reports, government affairs outreach and other key programs, including the Service to America Medals, the Center for Presidential TransitionBest Places to Work in the Federal Government, and others 
  • Make use of a wide range of tactics to increase the Partnership’s visibility, credibility and influence
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all media inquiries; respond in a timely manner, arrange for interviews with appropriate Partnership staff and provide background materials or referrals, as needed
  • Arrange and prepare staff for critical interviews; serve as a resource for journalists seeking to write about the federal government
  • Cultivate and strengthen the Partnership’s long-term relationships with the news media – traditional and emerging
  • Write media collateral, including email pitches, media advisories, news releases, public service announcements, talking points, among others
  • Manage media interviews for Partnership sponsors, including incorporating sponsors/partners in media strategies; serve as liaison to sponsors’ communications teams
  • Develop and maintain relationships with federal public affairs officers to manage media relations outreach, especially in support of the Service to America Medals and Best Places to Work in the Federal Government annual rankings



  • Attention to detail
  • Decision making
  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal, writing and oral communication skills
  • Thinking strategically



  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters a plus
  • 7-10 years of progressively more responsible experience in media relations
  • Affinity for pitching and proven track record of earning national and trade media coverage
  • Strong, established relationships with journalists, especially in Washington D.C.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, juggle multiple projects, work efficiently and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly conceive, organize and compose public messages, and to translate complex policy issues into everyday but compelling language 



This position reports to the communications director.



This job operates in a professional office environment in Washington, DC and at external venues, both local and out-of-state. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner.



This is a full-time exempt position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Additional work hours and evening or weekend activities may be required.



Local travel to various federal agencies and media outlets will be required.  Some out-of-state and/or overnight travel may be required.



The Partnership is an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any application for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.

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