Associate Director of Public Affairs

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington , District of Columbia
Salary Exempt

The Associate Director of Public Affairs supports the Trust's efforts to engage media and other external channels in support of policy and advocacy initiatives of the organization, working closely with the Trust's policy staff.  In addition, the Associate Director will support outreach to media on behalf of programs, sites and projects of the Trust as well as for the awareness building of the Trust brand.  To do that, the Associate Director will engage in proactive outreach to reporters, writers, editors, editorial boards, bloggers, social media, and other channels that can advance the stories the Trust needs to tell.  This position also supports the Trust's crisis communications, message training and speaker bureau efforts.  The Associate Director coordinates with the Trust's historic properties, preservation programs and field offices to assure that our messages on issues meet the needs of our diverse organization.


  • Generate positive media stories aimed at target constituents
  • Serve as a key outreach partner with the Trust’s policy and regional teams
  • Support an op/ed, blog and speaker bureau program
  • Support online advocacy campaigns
  • Support strategic public relations efforts
  • Provide media counsel, media training and crisis communications


  • Eight to ten years of experience in media relations with specific experience on policy issues.
  • Experience managing online advocacy campaigns on complex issues.
  • Experience in working in and managing cross-functional projects and teams on message strategy and media training.
  • Demonstrated success in outreach to and engagement of culturally  diverse audiences, constituents and partners.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills required, including issue identification and prioritization. 
  • Advanced project-management, team-management and client-management skills.
  • Proven ability to collaborate across departments to implement processes and achieve results.  Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, with ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to achieve results with moderate supervision.
  • Strong writing, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced skills in using Microsoft Office and presentation software, with proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent years of experience) in journalism, communications, public relations or related field. Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.

How to Apply

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.