Director of Media Relations & Storytelling

Hybrid (DC Metro Area)

Employment Type:

Communications, Content Marketing, PR/Media Relations

Job Number:

Job Description

Important societal non-profit based in DC seeks PR expert to lead media relations & external communications across issues

TorchLight Hire is seeking a highly talented and experienced Media Relations Director to join a non-profit based in Washington, DC.  This management role will be a leader in shaping the external stories being told about the organization’s mission across many mediums.  Qualified candidates will have a MINIMUM of 12 years of integrated communications experience, preferably coming from a non-profit or advocacy-focused background. 

Qualified applicants are in the Washington, D.C. or Northern VA areas. U.S. citizenship or a permanent residency card in the U.S. is required to be an eligible candidate for this opportunity.

Full-time, direct hire role, 40-hours per week. Hybrid position in Washington, DC with additional flexibility to work from home. 

Role responsibilities:

  • Work with organization’s leadership to devise yearly communications strategy
  • Manage media relations across all organizational issues  
  • Develop and execute crisis communications plans as needed
  • Strategize and integrate earned media tactics into appropriate campaigns 
  • Handle media training for internal staff
  • Write and edit media materials
  • Directly manage up to five staff

Skills and experience: 

  • MINIMUM of 12 years of experience in journalism, public relations, and communications; prior experience at a non-profit organization, public relations agency, or political campaign a plus
  • Strong track record of planning & executing high impact strategic communications plans across channels
  • Strong media relations, issues management, and crisis communications skills
  • Strong management experience with prior background leading talented internal teams  
  • Excellent written and verbal skills


Additional Information

TorchLight Hire matches qualified candidates like you with contract and permanent marketing, communications, creative, and digital roles that are a professional and cultural fit. We offer our contractors industry-leading benefits like medical insurance, 401(k) plans and others.

TorchLight values diversity, equity and inclusion of people of all backgrounds, perspectives and experience — including our full-time employees, contractors and clients. Read more about our commitment to diversity.

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