Director of Advocacy

August 15th, 2022
Director of Advocacy

Director of Advocacy

  • Full Time
  • Senior Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Policy/Advocacy
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Other

Position: Director of Advocacy (full-time) for Freedom of the Press Foundation


Location: New York City preferred, strong U.S.-based remote candidates considered


Salary: $115k range, location and experience dependent 


Start date: Ideally October 2022

Position Description


Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, defending and empowering public-interest journalism, is hiring a Director of Advocacy to lead internal and external strategic engagement with the organization’s core issues. 


We are looking for a relentless civil liberties advocate with a passion for the First Amendment and protecting the press freedom rights of all. 


This full-time, public-facing role will help craft and develop FPF’s positions, write op-eds and social media posts, build coalitions within the wider press freedom community, and regularly interact with the media on our issues. You will also get to build your own dream team to empower FPF’s advocacy by hiring at least 1-2 additional staffers.


This position reports directly to FPF’s executive director and will preferably be based in FPF’s Brooklyn headquarters. However, strong U.S.-based remote candidates will also be considered.



As the Director of Advocacy, you’ll promote our core issues of defending and protecting newsgathering rights, act as a government watchdog in the areas of press freedom and have a history of building coalitions around important issues by: 


  • Researching issues and writing for publication, including blogs posts, newsletters and social media.



  • Engaging with the press freedom community to build and lead coalitions around issues central to the organization.



  • Creating and oversee processes for building on our audience.



  • Working within the organization to champion and develop our positions.



  • Bringing creative and innovative approaches to our advocacy efforts.



  • Developing and leading a team that supports this role.



Must have:

  • A passion for the First Amendment and protecting the press freedom rights of all. 



  • At least 5+ years engaging with and advocating for journalists’ rights and/or civil liberties. 



  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: government secrecy and transparency, abuse of the Espionage Act, surveillance of journalists, digital rights, whistleblower rights, the right to gather and publish news.



  • Excellent writing skills, preferably with experience expressing opinions and advocating for a position.



  • A willingness to publicly advocate on controversial or unpopular issues that affect the First Amendment rights of journalists.



  • Managerial experience. 



Nice to have: 


  • Knowledge or expertise in encryption and secure newsgathering tools.



  • Experience building newsletters or email lists. 



  • Current or prior experience as a working journalist.



  • A legal background assisting journalists or those filing Freedom of Information Act requests. 



  • Multimedia skills and a strong knowledge of social media platforms and scheduling tools.



Working with us


If you think you’d like to be a part of our team, please submit a short cover letter and résumé by Sept. 6, 2022


This is a full-time role with a competitive nonprofit salary in the range of $115k, depending on experience and location. This position reports directly to FPF’s executive director and will preferably be based in FPF’s Brooklyn headquarters. However, U.S.-based remote candidates will also be considered. 


FPF provides health, dental and vision insurance (via Aetna); 20 days of personal time off, in addition to all federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s; paid parental leave and a generous 401(k) program. Freedom of the Press Foundation matches your 401(k) contributions dollar for dollar, up to 4 percent of your gross salary.


FPF is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. We warmly welcome members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ folks and people with disabilities.


FPF does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law.


More about FPF



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