Media Relations Manager (Society)

Society of the Cincinnati
Washington, DC

One of the nation’s oldest patriotic and cultural institutions seeks a Media Relations Manager to build its public profile as it takes on a more important role in our national life.

The mission of the Society of the Cincinnati is to promote understanding and appreciation of the American Revolution. It does that work through the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 2012 to reverse decades of decline in popular understanding of American history and of the American Revolution, in particular. The Institute conducts library, museum, education and historic preservation programs from its headquarters at Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark in Washington, D.C. The Society seeks to make the Institute the most visible and important advocacy organization in the nation promoting the memory of the Revolution.

Under the leadership of historian and Executive Director Jack D. Warren, the Society of the Cincinnati has embarked on a sustained expansion of the Institute. To achieve its goals, the Institute must establish a familiar public profile among potential allies, supporters, donors, educators, and the general public. The Society is launching a concerted effort to build the public identity of the Institute as part of a long-term communications strategy.

As part of this effort, the Society of the Cincinnati is seeking a Media Relations Manager to establish and maintain relationships with relevant digital and print media outlets, develop materials that secure external coverage, and establish Society leaders as trusted media sources, while also writing for Society and Institute publications (including two in-house magazines and two websites).

The ideal candidate for this position is a knowledgeable public relations specialist with an interest in American history and a strong appreciation for the value of museums, libraries, and historical societies in our national life; a confident and poised writer who can make targeted pitches to carefully selected audiences; and a practitioner who knows how to use a range of research tools to identify, analyze, and reach strategically selected targets. The person who serves as Media Relations Manager will be effective marshaling these skills in the collaborative setting of a small (though growing) institution alongside a team of dedicated experts.

  • At least three years of professional experience in a communications or public relations role; experience working in a cultural institution is desirable.
  • Track record of securing first-time and repeat earned media coverage from a range of news outlets.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with print and digital media contacts; existing network of contacts at relevant publications is useful.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to work collaboratively to produce excellent copy on deadlines.
  • Familiarity with Cision and PR Newswire.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field.