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    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster
    May 13, 2010 —

    The Sunlight Foundation is looking for an aggressive go-getter/news junkie*
    to join our Communications team, to help us spread Sunlight’s message
    of open government and build on the successes we’ve had this year.




    The new team member would join a communications team of three, and would work closely with Sunlight’s Engagement team, Policy shop, Sunlight Labs and Sunlight Reporting Group.


    We’re in a position where we get an average of 7-10 mainstream media/A-list
    blog hits per day (as many as 25-30 on big days). So, we need someone
    who can proactively push Sunlight’s spokespersons, articles,
    visualizations, resources, etc. all the time.


    Is this you?


    • You’ve written and successfully pitched press releases, op-eds and editorials.


    • You have a minimum of three to five years of experience working with reporters and/or bloggers.


    • You have excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills.


    • You are experienced in organizing outreach campaigns – preferably in a fast-paced advocacy and politically-oriented setting.


    • You are passionate about opening up public access to the federal government and creating more transparency in Washington, D.C.


    • You’re a kick-ass pitch person who is ridiculously driven to make government
      transparency and accountability an issue the media can’t avoid talking
      about.


    • You want more than anything to see Sunlight’s work and spokespeople cited by the mainstream press and in
      blogs like Talking Points Memo, Boing Boing and Instapundit.


    • You are well-networked in media and politics and would join Sunlight with a respected reputation.


    • You’re not technophobic. You don’t have to be a database hack (we have those on staff already), but you’re familiar with basic HTML, WordPress, Microsoft Office and Google docs.
    • You get a rush when you see your work linked to or quoted.
    • You know the lingo of bloggers.
    • You know how to make a story idea work for CNN producers.
    • You might not be a policy wonk, but you know your way around the alphabet soup of acronyms like GAO, CRS, FCC, LOC (more?) – as well as the legislative process.
    • You are well-organized and self-motivated. Bonus points if you can also laugh at your own mistakes.

    Details
    Sunlight is a great place to work with generous benefits, but more than that –
    we are on the cutting edge of policy, technology and communications. We
    are a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to a great cause of creating
    more accountability in government, and our work has support across the
    political spectrum. This is not an entry-level position, and salary is
    commensurate with experience. Your cachet after working at Sunlight
    will be unrivaled: This job is a great opportunity to build your own
    notoriety in the non-profit, political and technology sectors.

    *Officially, the job title we’re hiring for is Communications Manager.

    How to Apply

    The position is open until filled. Please send a resume and statement of
    interest to Operations Coordinator Hafeezah Abdullah at
    [email protected]. Principles only. No phone calls.
    Candidates will be informed by email. EEO.

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