ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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Press Secretary

ACTA’s Communications Department is charged with presenting ACTA’s message to the outside world in an informed, articulate, and accurate manner. The Department strives to maintain ACTA’s distinctive tone and style in all its work, from 140 character tweets to extended articles and op-eds.

The Press Secretary works to advance ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by being the organization’s point person for generating media coverage.  This is done through writing and editing press releases, op-eds, and other media communications and by cultivating relationships with members of the media and others who can help further ACTA’s mission.  The Press Secretary reports to the President and works extensively with both the President and Vice President of Policy to plan media initiatives.  He or she also oversees ACTA’s new media efforts.

The responsibilities of the Press Secretary include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate media strategies.
  • Managing media relations and maximizing media opportunities.
  • Creating and launching press releases and media campaigns.
  • Writing op-eds, newsletter articles, and blog posts.
  • Expanding ACTA’s TV and radio presence.
  • Appearing, along with other staff, in print and broadcast media.
  • Initiating and maintaining strong relationships with notable members of the media.
  • Briefing journalists.
  • Ensuring that ACTA’s media resonance is properly tracked and measured.
  • Managing and maintaining all appropriate media contact lists and databases.

The Press Secretary is also responsible for overseeing ACTA’s new media outreach. This includes:

  • Leading ACTA’s new media team: the Program Officer and Program Associate for Communications.
  • Coordinating with the team to expand and optimize ACTA’s online and social media presence.
  • Overseeing the development of content for ACTA’s facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Ensuring that new information (articles, stories, videos, events) is publicized on the website.

The Press Secretary must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities.  He or she is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, and to act with the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

The start date for this position is negotiable, but we are looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

Candidate should have excellent writing skills, a good work ethic, the ability to work independently, and be a self-starter. Most importantly, the candidate must have an eye for detail and strive for perfection when executing job functions. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • An ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Organizational, planning, and time management skills
  • An ability to manage challenging and fast-paced situations
  • Strong copyediting skills
  • Superior computer proficiency including the ability to use Microsoft Office and Salesforce

Candidates must possess a four-year undergraduate degree. Graduate certificates or degrees are not required, but will be viewed favorably. Also, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of ACTA’s mission and a passion for that mission. Previous work experience is preferred. But, full and complete consideration will be given to all exceptional applicants.

Salary and Compensation
ACTA offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary structure. The benefits package includes comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, Metro reimbursement, and a generous paid-time-off plan. Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. ACTA conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work.

Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Michael Poliakoff, Vice President of Policy. Applications can be emailed to (preferred) or mailed to Michael Poliakoff, Vice President of Policy, ACTA, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.

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