Press Secretary

The National Endowment for Democracy

About the organization

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that receives an annual Congressional appropriation in excess of $310 million and is governed by a private, bipartisan Board of Directors. This unusual arrangement positions NED to play a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center).


Serve as a spokesperson for NED with media professionals and other organizations.
Develop and execute a media relations outreach plan working closely with the Director of Communications, Social Media Coordinator, other communications stakeholders at NED, as well as the NED President.
Build relationships with and develop plans to engage in NED’s programming domestic and international journalists, editors, producers, and other influencers working across print, broadcast, and digital media, editors, and producers.
Maintain detailed contact lists of relevant outlets, journalists, and interests.
Draft press materials, including talking points, press advisories and releases, op-eds, and memos in support of communications plans and goals.
Coordinate and support media engagements for the NED President and CEO, other members of leadership, and staff experts.
Develop a media engagement plan for fellows and partners to ensure global coverage reflects authentic local perspectives.
Identify opportunities to react to breaking news and connect NED experts and partners on the ground for interviews, comments, and other opportunities.
Manage media monitoring software and produce reports on media coverage to share across the organization.
Provide ongoing media and communications support and training to NED staff and grantees.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience.


Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred, but not required.
8+ years of professional experience in media, communications, or public relations.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Extensive network of media professionals covering foreign affairs, national security, international news, and other topics related to NED’s mission and work.
Demonstrated success pitching and securing media coverage.
Experience working and living outside the United States a plus.
Demonstrated experience with media placements and working with journalists, editors, editorial boards, columnists, producers, videographers, and other media professionals.
Exceptional writing skills for both press and general audiences.
Writing should be sharp, personable, and memorable, with the ability to write in the voice of others.
Familiarity and aptitude with using social media as an earned media tool.
Keen political judgment and ability to anticipate how others will respond to our work; familiarity with Congress and the US political environment.
Ability to establish and cultivate positive working relationships with the media.
Ability to work evening events when needed.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to work independently, juggling competing priorities with strict deadlines.
Proven track record as a self-starter.
Superlative organizational ability and attention to detail.
Additional language is a plus.

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