Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Director, Media Advocacy & Communications

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/5/2018 4:24 PM)
    Job ID
    Govt Relations - Federal
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
  • Overview




    Under the supervision of the Senior Director, Advocacy, the Director, Media Advocacy and Communications will develop and implement the strategy, messaging and execution of comprehensive media advocacy and communications to support the federal, state, and local advocacy priorities of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Primarily writing, editing, designing and proofreading a wide range of internal and external government relations communications, including Congressional testimony, presentations, concept papers, advocacy messaging materials, action alerts, sample social media messaging, one-pager leave behinds, newsletters, talking points, official correspondence, and leadership reports. The Media Advocacy Director will work across internal departments and with GR staff (federal, state, and advocacy) to enhance our written communications with and about government officials, agencies and advocacy engagement.


    • Write/edit/design and proofread presentations, concept papers, one-pager policy leave behinds, newsletters, talking points, written and oral testimony, and official correspondence. 
    • Leverage federal and state legislative campaigns to write highly compelling copy that drives readers to understand the issue, take action and engage with the organization and their elected officials. 
    • Work cross-functionally across BGCA departments to collect, synthesize, analyze and interpret Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) data for written materials, utilizing BGCA files, reports, databases, and electronic resources to support Government Relations and Advocacy work
    • Work closely with the GR team to produce written materials that generate awareness and support for BGCA. 
    • Coordinate and manage review processes with the BGCA Communications team to draft advocacy-related press releases, editorials, letters-to-the-editor, and sample social media ensuring Advocacy messaging is incorporated in BGCA’s overall communications efforts. 
    • Assist with the preparation of internal reporting documents and presentations.
    • Work with the full GR team to ensure consistent messaging in all written materials.
    • Produce error-free, compelling, and accurate documents meeting branding standards for various internal, government and public audiences.
    • Maintain a consistently high standard for all written documents to ensure quality control. Provide compelling and accurate written documents that further BGCA’s mission.
    • Provide technical expertise and training to Clubs, State Alliances, staff and volunteers to share best practices and guide local media advocacy, social media, messaging or communication strategies as requested to support their advocacy work.
    • Guide message development to create and implement media advocacy strategies to support State and Federal policy campaigns 
    • Provide a lead role in developing, creating, and implementing content on and to support Government Relations and Advocacy messaging in coordination with the Digital Strategies team.



    • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, political science or other related field.
    • 5-7 years of full-time, media, public relations, journalism, or public affairs professional work experience, preferably in a government or non-profit setting. Candidates should have strong writing skills that may include the successful development of policy documents, press statements, talking points, PowerPoint decks, and official correspondence.
    • Candidates must also have experience managing projects that require efficient and collaborative work with cross-departmental groups to meet deadlines.


    • Strong written communication skills with a track record of creating and editing sophisticated and compelling advocacy materials.
    • Superior proofreading and editing skills, with a strong command of grammar and meticulous attention to detail.
    • Demonstrates high standards of ethics and integrity. 
    • Works well under pressure in a demanding, fast paced environment with multiple priorities and urgent deadlines. 
    • Cross departmental relationship building skills and strong customer service orientation. 
    • Good understanding of existing and emerging media advocacy tactics and how they support policy campaigns
    • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite and basic skills in graphic design
    • Knowledge of Congress and political processes a must


    • Must have the ability to translate complex policy proposals into persuasive written materials for multiple audiences (government, Clubs, internal BGCA staff, supporters, etc).
    • Ability to design and incorporate infographics and other visual representations into documents and decks. 


    • Normal internal office environment.
    • Ability to travel when necessary


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