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Director of Communications

Director of Communications

Is Internship: 

Environmental Working Group (EWG), a leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, is seeking a Director of Communications for its Washington, D.C. office.  This position requires outstanding oral comunication and writing skills, as well as the ability to successfully pitch national media and produce quality work under pressure and in an extremely fast-paced environment. 

EWG is a 501 (c) (3) organization and an equal opportunity employer.


Develop and carry out strategic media plans that aggresively boost EWG’s national profile and visibility. 

Advise the organization on how to best structure and present research to interest reporters in ways that drive policy change.  Play a key role in the pitching and written presentation of EWG products to strategically chosen news media.

Create and maintain targeted media lists to help in the pitching and promoting EWG’s research to strategically chosen new publications and journalist.

Cultivate relationships with national television producers, editorial decision makers, enviromental health, energy, and food writers, as well as Capital Hill journalist to place stories around EWG’s work.  Also builds relationships with local media to cover specific stories.

Draft press materials, including pitch memos, media advisories and news releases around the release of  EWG’s reports and consumer databses.

Help with the planning and implementation of press conferences and briefings and other media events.  Train and coach on regular basis EWG staff experts for on-the-record interviews.

Write compelling blogs around EWG’s research to promote and share on social media platforms.  Help social and digital media team with strengthening EWG’s social media presence.

Monitor news coverage and compile metrics to track EWG’s media exposure.  Use this information to help EWG improve its media exposure.


A bachelor degree, preferably in communications or a related discipline.

A minimum of seven to 10 years in developing communication programs, inluding a proven ability to generate coverage of independent NGO research and other products.

Must write well and quickly in a variety of news formats, both MSM and on-line. Ability to write news releases, advisories, statements and web text quickly and with little editing needed.

Experience with social and digital media platforms, particularly Twitter.

Extremely strong pitching skills and persistence.  Substantial reporter and producer rolodex.

Experience in strategic long-range planning.

Passion for environmental issues.  Prior experience with environmental health issue and/or food and agriculture policy preferred.

Experience with Capital Hill communications or journalism preferred.

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter, resume and three writing samples to