The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a Media Relations Director to facilitate EFF’s relationships with news gatherers around the world. Part of EFF’s mission is to spread our ideas and our activism to new audiences across the globe, and stories about EFF and our issues is an important part of that mission. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience with journalists and journalism, either in public relations or as a journalist. They are excited about and will help us further our mission of protecting and promoting civil liberties, and ensuring that rights and freedoms are enhanced as our use of technology grows. We’re looking for someone with big and creative ideas about how to get EFF into the news cycle, whether we are launching a lawsuit or campaign or reacting to a big external-to-EFF event. They know what makes reporters and their editors and producers excited, and they are committed to prompt and exacting follow-through.


The Media Relations Director is responsible for the following:

  • Creating both short-term and long-term plans to improve the amount and quality of media attention for EFF and its issues
  • Identifying and collaborating with other EFF teams on media planning for lawsuits, activism, and other campaigns
  • Planning and executing media strategy for breaking news, including talking points for speaking to reporters and the public
  • Providing media coaching for staffers and clients, including pre-interview prep, long-term reputation-building, and outside training
  • Ensuring blog posts and press releases are clear and concise
  • Writing and editing op-eds for outside publication
  • Develop positive relationships with media outlets and individual reporters through outreach and responsiveness
  • Ensure that both reporters and EFF staff are happy with their interactions
  • Manage the press team, providing mentorship, guidance, and oversight of the work of one full-time media relations specialist

Qualities We’re Seeking:                       

  • Ability to self-manage on a day to day tasks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate care and respect toward coworkers, outside partners, members of the public, donors, and others with whom this role interacts;
  • Must work to positively and collaboratively resolve conflicts and overcome challenges
  • Must have effective skills at oral and written communication
  • Must be able to understand and articulate with accuracy EFF’s mission, positions, and work;
  • Must be available and responsive to colleagues, outside partners and others over email, phone, and online chat, with the ability to respond and reliably to time-sensitive opportunities;
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences including race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance.

Required Experience

  • Knowledge of journalism and journalists. This can be from jobs in public relations, journalism, or some combination of the two
  • Must be able to identify angles on EFF's work that are ripe for more publicity
  • Must be able to write for online publication fast, accurately, and memorably
  • Must be a fast learner who can understand complex technical and legal issues and help communicate them to laypeople
  • Must be occasionally available outside regular business hours when events require

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Commitment to Diversity

As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.