Director of Media Relations

The News Literacy Project

Washington, District of Columbia

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Date Posted May 06, 2022
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Education
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary $90,000 to $100,000


Who we are

The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit, is seeking a Director of Media Relations to join our communications team. Founded in 2008, NLP is the leading provider of news literacy education for the general public and middle and high school students, primarily through its signature e-learning platform, Checkology®.

Where you fit in

NLP is poised to take on a greater national presence to meet the intense interest in its programs from school districts across the country while it works to build a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy in all sectors of American society. In 2020, we expanded our work to help the general public gain the skills to be news literate, and to reach our objectives, NLP is rapidly expanding its capacity. This is a great opportunity for you to drive media reporting about news literacy.

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following:

We’re looking for someone who can have an immediate and meaningful impact on our work, through persistent pitching, a good sense of where and how to tell our story and doing everything you can to advance NLP’s brand through the news media. Must have a good sense of humor and enjoy working with staff independently and collaboratively.

This position reports to the Senior Vice President, Communications.

About the position

As a member of NLP’s communications team, you will spend most of your time pitching stories, coordinating interview requests, doing interviews when appropriate, and building relationships with members of the press for future pieces. You’ll implement and help develop communications strategies to raise awareness of our current work, mission and impact, assist our different teams with messaging and constituent engagement, and amplify our message across multiple channels. You will join the communications team’s efforts to inform journalists, educators, donors and other key constituencies with our work and find new opportunities to partner with them. You’ll be a key point person in the implementation of National News Literacy Week, and we’ll want you to hit the ground running, be ready to experiment and be a highly motivated self-starter who displays personal integrity and positive influence.

In addition, you will be responsible for:

About you

In addition to the experience and skills noted at the beginning of this job description, the successful candidate will also have all or most of the following: 

Note: Very occasional evening and weekend work may be required. 

Compensation and benefits

The starting salary range for this role is $90,000 to $95,000. NLP also offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan match and more.

This position is largely virtual; ideally, the successful candidate will live in or near Washington, D.C., where NLP’s office is located. Other locations may be acceptable for a highly qualified candidate.

To apply, upload a cover letter, three writing samples and a résumé to  The cover letter should be in the form of a pitch note that you would send to the media to promote yourself. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on May 20, 2022 We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date in early July.

The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.

Read more about NLP’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion