Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas. Our agenda is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly reimagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions. We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from the global threats of the 21st century. 

Take your career to the next level at Third Way. We are committed to the professional development of our staff. As a member of our team, creativity and collaboration are encouraged and expected. Our new office space was specially designed to facilitate team projects and allow for groups large and small to brainstorm, discuss an idea or proposal, or map out a strategy.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


Press Advisor

Job description

Third Way (TW) is seeking a Press Advisor to elevate and expand Third Way’s reach in national media. This person will conduct initial outreach to—and maintain Third Way relationships with—reporters, columnists, and editorial boards at leading publications. The aim is to maximize the impact of key Third Way products and experts in the media.

The Press Advisor reports to the Senior Media Relations Manager. Knowledge of policy and politics are important, but determination and enthusiasm to secure media coverage is a must. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who is an avid consumer of political news and either has a background working in a press role or is interested in gaining experience.

As the Press Advisor, a typical day might include...

  • Maintaining press contact lists for senior leadership
  • Regularly monitoring the output of key journalists
  • Suggesting draft notes to send to journalists that are relevant to our TW work
  • Scouting for new journalists to add to our lists
  • Drafting pitches and composing press lists for TW products
  • Scanning and compiling a daily morning email of relevant articles
  • Scanning and compiling a daily afternoon email of news articles about 2020 presidential candidates
  • Compiling a weekly email to staff containing all earned media from the previous week (op-eds, quotes, television, radio, and podcast hits, TW products in the press, etc…)
  • Performing other relevant duties as needed.

Requirements

This might be the job for you, if you…

  • Have a degree in Political Science, Communications or related field
  • Have some background working in a Comms./Press role or an interest in gaining experience
  • Have a strong ability to identify relevant opportunities for outreach
  • Can develop smart pitches, stories, and media materials
  • Are curious and eager for professional development
  • Understand how Washington operates, major policy debates and their impact on the policy community, and how the press throughout the country may cover it
  • Can think on your feet and adapt to changes effortlessly
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally
  • Are motivated and driven by your passion for opportunity, freedom, and security
  • Want to make a difference and an imprint as Third Way’s newest Press Advisor

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

  • Self-starters: People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
  • Collaborators: People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
  • Creators: People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
  • Results-oriented: People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
  • Respectful: People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.

WITHIN 1 MONTH, YOU'LL...

  • Participate in Third Way’s comprehensive onboarding program. You’ll learn about all aspects of Business Operations, which includes benefits, IT, finance, and office operations.
  • Meet your Third Way Buddy, be introduced to the entire staff, and start to learn the TW’s culture.
  • Be completely integrated into the Comms. team and learn about how we function as a team within the organization.
  • Learn our current processes for payroll, compliance, and labor tracking, and how you will partner with Finance and the rest of the Business Operations team on these processes.
  • Participate in weekly one-on-ones with your manager to check in on progress toward job goals.
  • Get up-to-date on using our media monitoring tools.
  • Attend your departmental daily meetings. You’ll learn about the key goals of your program, how they’re doing, what challenges they face, and how you will contribute.
  • Share coffee with the COO and learn about the history and growth of Third Way.

WITHIN 2 MONTHS, YOU'LL...

  • Gain an understanding each employee’s role and their contribution to the organization.
  • Attend program overview sessions to learn more about each team’s contribution to TW’s mission.
  • Be completely integrated into our media monitoring platforms and be comfortable using all our press tools.
  • Sit in on a riveting story about Third Way’s history with one of the original founders of Third Way. You will learn about our successes, as well as our failures. This will also afford you the opportunity to learn about future direction.
  • Incorporate TW’s Style Guide and Production process into your work products.
  • Participate in, at least, one of our internal Professional Development training, Center for Fun, or Health and Wellness activity.
  • Learn and experience TW’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace.

WITHIN 3 MONTHS, YOU'LL…

  • Feel a sense of comfort and familiarity with the staff, your team, and your work.
  • Continue to attend daily departmental meetings with a stronger understanding of your team’s strategic goal.
  • Bring new ideas and suggestions to your weekly one-on-ones with your manager.
  • Attend and participate in external functions with other members of your team.
  • Complete your 90 day self-evaluation and performance review with your manager.
  • Partner with your manager to establish your long-term goals for the remainder of the year.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.

Interested?

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.