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National Press Associate - Open Until Filled

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National Congress of American Indians


Washington, DC

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About NCAI

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies.  We promote a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people, and rights.


NCAI seeks a full-time experienced Press Associate with strong media relations skills. The Press Associate will streamline media strategy, lead execution, and assist with all NCAI media outlets. This position will act as a formal media liaison and maintain working relation with all media vendors. Ideal candidates will have prior on-the-record media experience, excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to work effectively alongside the Communications Director.


Employee must possess:

  • 3-5 years of media and communications
  • Strong network of media contacts including relationships with respectable  reporters
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field
  • Strong oral, written, communication, and presentation skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail and management skills
  • Understanding of news cycles and staying on top of latest trends
  • Maintain cooperative cross-functional relations across all NCAI departments
  • Broad knowledge of social media administration and communication databases
  • Prior Indian Country media experience is preferred

Duties And Responsibilities:

The primary duties of the Press Associate will include:

  • Research, develop, manage and organize communications activities, including writing press releases, talking points, op-eds, media advisories, coordinating with reporters, and NCAI press inbox.

·         Managing NCAI website updates for all official communication announcements.

  • Handle all incoming media requests, evaluating whether or not the organization should engage and to what extent.
  • Connect NCAI spokespeople and tribal leaders to respond to interview requests (from inquiry to interview completion) and keep a log of completed requests.
  • Leads planning and coordination of all local and national press events.
  • Actively build out national press and Indian Country spokesperson databases
  • Establish and maintain relationships with press.
  • Assist in implementing, monitoring and troubleshooting media projects.
  • Monitor media coverage and prepare regular evaluation/analytics reports.
  • Be on call to deal with urgent media enquiries during evenings or weekends.

Salary And Benefits:

This is a salaried position offers a competitive salary and benefits (including health benefits, 401(k) plan, vacation time, etc.).

Contact Info:

Closing Date: Open until filled. Application Procedure: Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter by email to

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