LEAP is Hiring: Assistant Media Relations Director
Pro-Legalization Cops Seek Assistant Media Relations Director
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is seeking a talented and motivated individual to work in our media relations department on a part-time basis. LEAP is a nonprofit organization representing police officers, judges, prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals who want to legalize and regulate marijuana and other drugs after witnessing the failure of the â€œwar on drugsâ€ up close.
The assistant media relations director will report to and work alongside LEAPâ€™s full-time media relations director in efforts to inject the voices of pro-legalization law enforcers into high-profile news coverage of the rapidly advancing public debate about failed drug policies.
Specifically, duties will include but are not limited to:
* Writing op-eds and letters-to-the-editor.
* Drafting, editing and distributing press releases.
* Making follow-up pitch calls to reporters and producers.
* Scanning the news to identify PR opportunities.
* Using an online media database to generate lists of journalists to contact.
* Building relationships with journalists.
* Encouraging prominent bloggers to link to or write about interesting drug policy stories.
* Posting comments mentioning LEAP on prominent blogs and online news articles.
* Tracking, circulating and archiving LEAPâ€™s news hits.
* Interacting with supporters on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.
Through these and other tactics, the assistant media relations director will help members of the organizationâ€™s 150-member bureau of law enforcement speakers make their voices heard in the increasingly prominent global drug policy discussion.
The assistant media relations director will preferably â€” but not necessarily â€” be located in San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC, and will work three days a week (24 hours per week).
* Demonstrated ability to generate positive news coverage for advocacy efforts.
* Familiarity with diverse news organizations across platforms (print, online, broadcast).
* Excellent written and oral communications skills.
* Commitment to LEAPâ€™s mission to replace the â€œwar on drugsâ€ with legalized regulation.
* Social media savvy.
* Video editing, graphics and web design skills are major plusses.
* Spanish language fluency a plus but not required.
The assistant media relations director will be compensated at a competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience.
Please send a resume, cover letter and (preferably published) short writing sample to Tom Angell, LEAPâ€™s media relations director, at email@example.com. Interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application deadline is June 15, 2012.
More information about LEAP is available at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.