23 8 / 2011

This is a hands-on, entry-level staff position that provides research, organizational and administrative support to the media relations department at NPR. The successful candidate will have experience working or interning for a communications or media relations department, and a basic understanding of, interest in and appreciation for media and public relations practices. S/he will support all media relations staff in the successful publicity of NPR News, programming and journalists, and will gain experience creating and executing media relations practices and strategies. The candidate will conduct extensive research, brainstorm media plans, draft press releases and other communications tools, maintain the department’s database of media contacts, and provide administrative support. The position reports to the Director, Media Relations.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented with strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; enthusiasm for a collaborative workplace; and, above all, a willingness to learn. S/he must also be proactive and able to see tasks through to completion; have the ability to juggle multiple, often high-pressure deadlines; and possess an interest in news and media.