MFSO is hiring a Communications Consultant — spread the word!


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Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired, GS-14, U.S. Civil Service-Retired, Member Ohio Chapter of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Editorial Board Member, VT News Network

MFSO is hiring a Communications Consultant — spread the word!

Dear Members and Supporters of Military Families Speak Out,

We are looking to hire a part-time, temporary Communications Consultant through the end of the year. They could work from our Boston office, or remotely from elsewhere in the country. More information is below — please spread the word!

We also have Organizing and Social Media Internships available. Go here for more information.

Military Families Speak Out Communications Consultant – Overview

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), a nationwide grassroots organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan who have relatives or loved ones in the military, is seeking a Communications Consultant to be based in our Boston, MA office or remotely from elsewhere in the country.

We are looking for an exceptional communications specialist who is thoroughly committed to the MFSO mission of bringing an immediate end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to apply–and gain– professional public relations experience in a dynamic non-profit setting while making an important contribution to social change.

This is a temporary, part-time position through December 2010.

Job Description

The Communications Consultant is responsible for implementing MFSO’s external communications strategies including message development, public relations, media cultivation, and production of MFSO publications and website. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working with MFSO leadership to implement a dynamic, effective, and aggressive media strategy;
  • Working with members to write speeches, statements, blogs, letters to the editor, and Op/Ed pieces;
  • Drafting and disseminating press releases, news advisories, and other media documents;
  • Coordinating press interactions for a diverse and expanding membership of military families;
  • Providing individual coaching and media training to members and chapters;
  • Pitching and responding to inquiries from print, radio, and television journalists;
  • Working with chapter leaders to plan media events, coordinate consistent message delivery;
  • Media tracking;
  • Assistance with email and print communication with membership;
  • Managing content for website and other online communication tools such as blogs and networking sites.


  • Belief in the MFSO mission opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and supporting efforts to improve care and services for Veterans and their families;
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or other related field;
  • Minimum of 2 years experience performing pro-active media outreach, including experience working with national reporters;
  • Experience with advocacy organizations, or previous experience in a nonprofit environment strongly desired;
  • Sensitivity to confidential information;
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask and pay attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting;
  • Sense of humor and enthusiasm.

Salary is commensurate with experience.   How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by September 24 to, attn: Communications Consultant Position

MFSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To learn more about MFSO, please visit our website:

P.O. Box 300549 | Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 US


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