Thank you for your interest in working for Judicial Watch. We are currently hiring for the following position(s):
Public Affairs Assistant
Job Description & Requirements
As a member of the organization’s communications team, the Public Affairs Assistant will build and maintain the media contact list, develop media relationships, handle media booking, copy-edit press releases and other written materials, assist with event planning and inter-departmental communications, and other projects as required.
Primary responsibilities include: Maintaining the Judicial Watch media contact list, assisting in the implementation of various media outreach projects, and coordinating activities and information with the Digital Strategy Team.
This position reports to the Director of Public Affairs.
This position includes: employer-funded health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug), life insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, and the opportunity to participate in Judicial Watch’s 403(b) retirement program.
List of Duties
Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Enhance the communications team’s efforts in media outreach.
- Maintain the media contact list using the Leadership Directory, LinkedIn, and other resources.
- Assist with daily written and oral communications to the media and general public.
- Cultivate relationships with news aggregators, journalists and bloggers by phone and email.
- Manage media inquiries and assist in a proactive media strategy including: crafting messaging; identifying potential media outlets and reporters with whom to work; and cultivating opportunities to positively position the organization in the press.
- Assist with scheduling Judicial Watch spokespeople for media appearances and interviews.
- Copy-editing using the AP Stylebook.
- Assist with planning educational panels, coalition meetings, and press conferences, to include speaker invitation management, technical and archival support.
- Obtain reprint and reuse permissions.
- Provide media highlights (quotes, screenshots, etc.) as needed to other departments.
- Create performance reports using Google and TVEyes
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required. Major in journalism, communications, marketing, or political science would be helpful.
Experience: Preferably, one to two years of experience in public affairs or media relations. Motivated, recent graduates with applicable skill sets will be considered.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- Solid written communication and editorial skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Positive attitude.
- Highly organized with the ability to deliver on tight deadlines.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- Self-directed and creative.
- Works well independently and in project settings.
- Able to see projects through from start to finish with little oversight.
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Jill Farrell, Public Affairs Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2015 Internships
Judicial Watch is currently seeking interns for our 2015 Spring Internship Program to serve in the following capacities:
Public Affairs Intern: Judicial Watch’s Public Affairs Department is seeking interns for its fast-paced communications task force to assist in its multi-million dollar media and event outreach programs. Public Affairs interns will gain experience in media relations, media booking, copy-editing, event planning, and inter-departmental communications. Interns will assist with media outreach, media calls, media contact updates, booking Judicial Watch spokespeople for appearances and interviews, tracking lawsuits and research through the press release process, reaching out to leading experts and Members of Congress for speaking engagements, planning educational panels and special events, helping to keep the staff apprised to what is being said in the media about Judicial Watch, as well as various other duties as assigned. Interns must have an excellent command of English; a willingness to learn; and must be detail oriented and comfortable in a deadline-driven environment. A familiarity with the AP Stylebook is preferred. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 500-word writing sample to Patrick Roy at email@example.com.
Investigations Intern: Investigations interns at Judicial Watch are introduced to the structure of government agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Investigations Interns learn about the nine FOIA exemptions, and how to draft FOIA requests accordingly, as well as various other tasks and duties as assigned. They also research the open records laws for state and local governments and use their findings to supplement requests at the federal level. Once the interns in the JW Investigations Department have been trained on proper FOIA protocol, they are encouraged to explore key issues of personal interest and/or open investigations under Judicial Watch’s guidance. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 500 word writing sample to Patrick Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Intern: Legal interns have the opportunity to work closely with our Legal Department on various federal lawsuits brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the National Voter Registration Act as well as state lawsuits on behalf of taxpayers. Over the course of 8-10 weeks, interns will assist Judicial Watch’s eight attorneys and two paralegals with legal research, brief writing, drafting FOIA requests and administrative appeals, document review and analysis, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities, as well as various other duties as assigned. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Patrick Roy at email@example.com.
Development and Fundraising Intern: Judicial Watch’s Development Department is seeking interns for its busy and growing fundraising development program to assist Development staff in the many day-to-day activities fundamental to raising over $21 million for one of the leading conservative non-profit organizations in America. Development interns will gain experience and understanding in all aspects of non-profit fundraising, from direct mail, internet fundraising, and foundation grants, to major and planned giving programs. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks including donor correspondence, telephone calls to donors, writing and sending acknowledgement letters, major donor research and foundation grant writing, as well as various other duties as assigned. Interns will also gain a thorough knowledge about the importance of donor databases by assisting with data-entry, data clean up, donor coding and more. Interns must be politically conservative, detail oriented and willing to learn. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 500 word writing sample to Patrick Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.