ReThink Media seeks a talented and committed media and communications strategist to join our Rights and Inclusion team. This is a unique opportunity to work at the center of the broader Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian (MASA) movement and to strengthen the media engagement of organizations across that sector and coast to coast.
The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience working in political and/or advocacy communications—preferably on issues related to the Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian community. Candidates with a strong background in journalism, public relations, or issue advocacy will also be considered. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the movement for Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian rights.
ReThink is a unique, nonprofit organization that strengthens movements through building the collaborative media and communications capacity of state and national advocacy groups, increasing the voice share of their spokespeople, experts, and allies, and providing in-depth media, messaging, and opinion research to inform movement strategy. Working with our funding partners, we focus on long-term engagement with the groups we work with and the issues we take on – all driven by a belief that the stronger the groups are across an issue sector and the tighter their collaboration, the more likely they are to win real and lasting policy victories. At present, ReThink works in three distinct, yet interconnected, issue areas: the protection of human and civil rights, strengthening our democracy, and a more constructive U.S. foreign and national security policy.
ReThink's Rights and Inclusion team works with Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian communities in the United States, with arts organizations promoting cultural equity and inclusion, and with allies opposing anti-Muslim prejudice. All of our work is centered on the rights of Muslims and those who are perceived to be Muslim to be free from anti-Muslim prejudice.
The Media Associate
The Media Associate, under the supervision of the Managing Director for Rights and Inclusion, will play a central role in our work with Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian groups. In this position, the Media Associate will develop strong relationships between leading reporters covering this issue and the groups and experts from the sector, provide media and spokesperson training, build organizations’ media outreach and rapid response capacity, facilitate the distribution of media and opinion analysis, and support multi-organizational communications initiatives.
Our experience has proven that by providing shared resources, eliminating duplication of efforts among organizations, developing agreed-upon overarching messages, and providing consistent high-quality consulting advice and staff support, we can successfully impact media discourse and move issues forward. While we value and affirm the importance of differentiation amongst advocacy organizations, we work to reduce competition for media attention because it often detracts from a sector achieving its maximum potential.
The Associate will be a part of a team of five communications professionals and take particular responsibility for Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian organization’s issues. Additionally, they will work closely with ReThink’s Analysis Team (public opinion, media framing, message development) and our Digital Director (strategy and analysis of digital work).
Specific goals will be set quarterly, corresponding to the following duties:
Essential Skills and Qualifications
This is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. Applicants who wish to work in our Berkeley, CA office or remotely will only be considered if they exceed the stated qualifications. The position will require travel to conferences, training workshops, and to provide hands-on support to state-based campaigns, as well as travel to staff and planning meetings.
The deadline to apply is March 6, 2019. Please send a cover letter and resume. Be sure to save both documents with your name in the title and include the words “R&I Media Associate” in the subject line of your email.
Our number one priority is finding the ideal candidate, but we are moving quickly to fill this position, so we encourage you to apply promptly. All applications will be acknowledged, but please, no phone calls.
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