Communications Associate, Media and Public Education

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

Position Summary

The Communications Associate is responsible for coordinating and assisting the Media and Public Education team with the implementation of the The Arc’s strategic messages in traditional media and social media and amongst The Arc’s public education resources. The Communications Associate must possess basic media and public relations skills, strong writing skills and the ability to multi-task in a deadline driven environment with limited supervision. The Associate will report to the Communications Manager for Media and Public Education.

Responsibilities for this position include the maintenance of media contacts and lists and assistance with implementation of media relations plans for The Arc and all national initiatives. The Associate will assist with drafting of press releases and talking points and coordinate media training for staff and Board members.

Public Education responsibilities will include drafting and editing of sensitive public facing content for a variety of online and print channels and assisting the Communications Manager with the writing and editorial process for publications.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist the Communications Manager in all communications related tasks
  • Coordinate and maintain contact lists and other relevant data to assist in the implementation of The Arc’s national media strategy for a variety of The Arc’s national initiatives
  • Assist Communications Manager with responding to media inquiries, generating story ideas, attending press events, coordinating interviews, and handling local media inquiries/crisis communications for chapters of The Arc
  • Coordinate press events
  • Draft and edit letters to the editor, op-eds, speeches and other documents, as appropriate
  • Contribute to the content development and editing process for print newsletter, several e-newsletters and the Annual Report
  • Assist with crisis communications situations on the local and national level
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of this job

Essential Job Requirements  \

  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • 1 to 2 years of professional experience, including working with the media.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and superior writing skills.
  • Exposure to public policy issues and current events in the I/DD community highly preferred.
  • Proven effectiveness in previous media and communication initiatives.
  • Experience on Capitol Hill or relevant federal agency highly desired or relevant public policy experience.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment and meet deadlines.
  • Works well under pressure, self-motivated, and a strong team player.
  • Experience with PR databases such as Cision and Meltwater highly preferred.
  • Computer proficiency, including Word and Excel required; HTML also a plus.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit

The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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About The Arc:

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.

With nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities. The Arc works with its federation of state and local chapters to create an impressive network of human service agencies ensuring they have the strongest civil rights advocates promoting and protecting their needs at all levels.

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