Overview

Writer / Media Relations Professional

ABOUT US

Hattaway Communications is a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm with a mission: We help visionary leaders and organizations use the power of strategy, science, and storytelling to achieve ambitious goals that benefit people and the planet. Our team works with high-profile, high-impact clients in advocacy, philanthropy, government, and business. We’re in the business of communications for impact, not self-promotion.

ABOUT THE JOB

We’re looking for a top-notch writer and media relations professional to play a key role in impact-oriented, innovative campaigns. You’ll be part of a passionate team of strategists, researchers, and creatives working for great clients and causes. Our current campaigns aim to change public narratives, government policies, and business practices — to strengthen democracy, create economic opportunity, advance racial justice, and more. 

Background. The ideal candidate will have a professional background in journalism, knowledge of policy making and politics, and a track record of success in media relations. You’ll provide success stories demonstrating strategic and creative thinking that led to quality coverage and commentary. We’re open to candidates with a wide range of experience, although we expect you’ll have at least 5 years in the field. 

ABOUT YOU

Portfolio. You’ll show that you know what it means to “make news” — with a portfolio of writing that shows a knack for creating newsworthy content that gets placed and drives audience engagement (backed up by analytics). Please send writing samples that include news, features, and opinion articles, as well as news releases, talking points, Q&A, and other tools of the trade.  

Contacts. You’ll show that you know how journalists think and work. Ideally, you have a valuable network of contacts in journalism, who cover business, finance, health, education, and/or other relevant issues and industries.  Qualified applicants will demonstrate their skills and savvy by producing a short earned media plan based on an actual campaign, with a smart strategy and compelling pitch. We’re looking for a freelancer willing and able to make a half-time commitment, with the potential for full-time employment.

WHY HATTAWAY?

We believe in passionrigor, and imagination. Our passion is shown in our commitment to our clients and their causes, and in reaching the fullest potential in everything we do—always striving for the highest quality products and experiences for our clients, rather than just being “good enough.” Our rigor is demonstrated through the thoughtful, deliberate, and disciplined approach in all that we do, delivering on the promise of strategic communications that actually achieve meaningful impact—not just add to the noise. Imagination drives all of our work, because it lies at the heart of our creative problem-solving.

Hattaway Communications is committed to creating an equitable world, and we know that begins with creating an equitable workplace. We know bringing talented, diverse people together—especially women and people of color—sharpens our insights, and helps us better serve our clients. We recognize and value the experiences of minoritized peoples, and prioritize prospective hires whose cultural backgrounds and experiences give them unique perspectives, and who share our goal of creating a workplace and world that promotes creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

We are active listeners, supportive partners, and inclusive leaders. We create space for our employees and our partners to fearlessly speak truth, authentically express themselves, and enjoy meaningful professional growth. We not only allow for difference but celebrate and dutifully defend it.

We value each person’s professional development, and you’ll have a budget and support for pursuing those interests. We offer competitive benefits, including a flexible work environment and generous medical and parental leave policies. Our offices are located in downtown Washington, D.C., between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North metro stations. We are currently working remotely due to the pandemic and will consider remote applicants for this position. The salary range for this position is $56,000 - $70,000, depending on experience.

Hattaway Communications provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please fill out this application form with your information, resume and cover letter. No phone calls, please.

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