Public Citizen’s Texas Office
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Press Officer will work with the Director, Texas office staff, and D.C. communications staff to develop and execute media strategy for the Texas office. The Press Officer will be responsible for daily social media engagement, press releases and traditional media outreach, rapid response to current events and requests, blog and website maintenance, and engagement with the D.C. communications team and the Houston media collaborative.
Issues covered include climate change, air quality, renewable energy, fossil fuels, nuclear waste, and ethics. Most messaging is statewide, although some campaigns focused on specific regions, including Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. One campaign concerns media coverage and public attitudes surrounding air quality and public health in Houston.
Education: College degree preferred. Degree in communications preferred.
Capabilities: Self-motivated, works well with a wide range of people in a fast-paced environment, works independently or as part of a coalition, manages multiple projects and work under pressure, adapts to changing situations on a daily basis; desire to learn about and advance progressive causes. Occasional travel throughout Texas and beyond is expected.
Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.
About Public Citizen’s Texas Office:
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent the public interest in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for social and economic justice in globalization and trade policies; for clean, safe and sustainable energy; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; for safe, effective and affordable medicines and health care and for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts. We have six divisions based in our Washington, D.C. offices and an office in Texas.
The mission of Public Citizen’s Texas office is to empower citizens to be effective advocates for the environment and against corporate and governmental irresponsibility. Since 1984, the Texas state office has worked to combat global climate change, promote the use of clean renewable energy, reduce the use of coal, and get environmental policies enforced to reduce air and water pollution. We work with numerous partner groups, including other national nonprofits and local organizations. Public Citizen has achieved important victories in Texas on energy efficiency, renewable energy and air quality issues over the past 31 years. Among recent victories, we were involved in legislation that led to Texas’ wind boom; we helped draft energy efficiency legislation that led to Texas being the first in the nation to have an efficiency portfolio standard; we helped pass Texas building energy codes in 2001 and we have developed programs to reduce toxic and diesel emissions.
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