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Young America’s Foundation has an immediate opening for a
program officer with an emphasis in public relations.  We are
seeking a versatile team member who can develop key relationships
with local and national media outlets to maximize news coverage for
Young America’s Foundation.  

Through the use of traditional and new media, the ideal
candidate will develop effective marketing strategies and promote
Foundation programs that occur across the country including
programs at the Reagan Ranch and the National Journalism Center
under the direction of Young America’s Foundation’s leadership.

The program officer will work with the leadership to prioritize
various media opportunities. The candidate will also review and
proactively respond to campus controversies involving Foundation
students, activities, and events. The program officer will also
highlight the Foundation’s involvement in promoting conservative
ideas to young people and showcase our leadership in this

Young America’s Foundation is the principal outreach
organization of the Conservative Movement, introducing thousands of
young people to conservative ideas through national conferences,
campus lectures and activism programs, internships, and seminars at
the Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center.  Recent college
graduates and alumni of our programs are encouraged to apply for
this position. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Implementing Foundation-wide press strategy to ensure maximum
    Foundation exposure.
  • Writing news releases, talking points, and managing the
    Foundation’s press related efforts. 
  • Managing media inquiries by responding or recommending the
    appropriate team member for the interview.
  • Researching and preparing surveys and reports for release to the
    media, writing media messages and op-eds, and coordinating media
  • Building the Foundation’s presence in new media including on
    Twitter, Facebook and our blog, The Quad, at yaf.org.
  • Training and advising students on how to promote their
    Foundation-related events on their campuses and generate media
    interest in their club’s activities.
  • Accurately documenting bias against conservative students and
    promoting to media when appropriate, especially when related to
    Foundation events.
  • Staying informed of current PR trends in the Conservative
    Movement and the greater business community.    
  • Working at/on and helping organize Foundation programs, ensuring
    visual representation of events is high quality for television, and
    photography. Ensuring press is present and handled
  • Interacting with students, friends, and supporters of the
    Foundation at all Foundation-related programs and events

The candidate will have a strong interest in promoting
conservative ideas to young people. The ideal candidate will have
had previous involvement in Young America’s Foundation programs
and/or marketing experience with promoting an organization and
events to the media. Other qualifications: team-player, ability to
manage multiple projects, able to take direction and work
independently.  Applicant must have excellent oral, written,
and organizational skills. Outstanding copyediting skills are a
plus. A car is required. Send cover letter, resume, references,
prior salary history, to Patrick Coyle at pcoyle@yaf.org, fax
703-318-9122, or mail to: Young America’s Foundation, 110 Elden
Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170.


Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a field related to
communications and marketing. 

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or similar

Grasp of promotional and marketing strategies and concepts;
eagerness to learn more if needed

Knowledge of and use of blog technology

Well versed with computers; knowledge of both Mac and PC
environments a plus

Experience with video and/or audio production a plus

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