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Public Relations Assistant

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Public Relations Assistant for the Public Relations department. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a department resource and to arrange media interviews and assist with increasing coverage of organizational issues.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing support to the public relations specialists and preparing media documents including routing documentation in order to compile input and edits;
  • Drafting and editing press releases, advisories, letters to the editor, pitching letters and other collateral for the news media;
  • Receiving inquiries from news media and members of the public and identifying the best person to respond; will also be responsible for scheduling interviews with internal spokesperson;
  • Developing targeted media lists with relevant reporters, media outlets and developing opportunities to position animal protection-related issues;
  • Coordinating features of various public relations projects and staying up to date on developing campaigns and assisting the specialists;
  • Assisting with the distribution of press releases and assisting reporters in accessing photos, videos and other material;
  • Assisting with social media sites by generating content and driving engagement with reporters and researching the sites.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, mass communications, or English or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum one year of public relations or administrative experience preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Superior organizational and recordkeeping skills, highly desired plus ability, handle multiple deadlines, and prioritize effectively;
  • Proficiency with MS Office required

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD.


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