Press Secretary

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) seeks a full-time Press Secretary to join our growing team. GSO is committed to developing comprehensive programs that help low-income workers develop financial stability so they can thrive. GSO’s programs focus on engaging low-income workers to claim their Earned Income Tax Credit, access public benefits and connect with resources to build financial security. GSO also works to end poverty through strategic advocacy at the state and federal levels. As a statewide organization, GSO has four offices across the state. Therefore, the successful candidate will be self-motivated and know how to work independently with excellent communication skills for working with remote regional offices.

The Press Secretary is a vital member of the Communications team and reports directly to the Vice Chair. This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate who has the initiative and drive to establish GSO as a premier thought leader, advocate and resource for ending poverty.

Location: Remote with a preference in Los Angeles

Start Date: September 2020

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Communications team to develop and implement a comprehensive and proactive press strategy to progress GSO’s mission, promote our advocacy, and reach CalEITC eligible workers
  • Draft written press materials such as press releases, op-eds, talking points, fact sheets, video scripts, toolkits, organizational emails, and website content
  • Pitch and book interviews with local and national media, as well as place op-eds
  • Plan and coordinate press conferences and other media events (both in-person and virtual)
  • Generate creative and timely story ideas and pitch them to media on a regular proactive basis
  • Manage rapid response and reactive media strategy around GSO’s issue areas and legislative action
  • Serve as primary media liaison to GSO
  • Build press lists and manage relationships with media

Job Requirements:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Two to five years of communications experience implementing targeted messaging strategies through local and national media relationships
  • Prior on-the-record and pitching experience
  • Spanish language proficiency and California ties are a plus
  • Ability to work independently, as well as alongside Communications team to execute successful communications strategy
  • Experience in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strong project management, multitasking, and follow-through skills
  • Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations

Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, writing samples, and resume (in PDF or Word format only) to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Please include “PRESS SECRETARY” in the email subject line, and please reference your preferred location in your cover letter.

Golden State Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and will give equal consideration to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


About GSO

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) has quickly become one of the most effective anti-poverty organizations in the country. With our principal program, CalEITC4Me, we have led in the creation and expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), one of the strongest tools to alleviate poverty while stimulating the economy.

Through innovative digital outreach, grassroots organizing, coalition building, earned and paid media, and mobile messaging campaigns, GSO runs a multi-layered and cost-effective outreach program to spread awareness of the California and Federal EITC, as well as other public benefits, and promotes free tax preparation services.

In just this last year, GSO led in the effort to successfully double the Cal EITC, increasing it to a $1 billion program, and making it one of the largest anti-poverty initiatives in the country. We helped over 4 million families in California receive $4 billion through the California and Federal EITC.

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"The promise of America is that hard work should be honored with financial security. We founded Golden State Opportunity to ensure that promise holds true for everyone. We won’t be satisfied by anything less than a future where everyone lives with financial security."
— JOSEPH N. SANBERG, FOUNDER OF GOLDEN STATE OPPORTUNITY