Deputy Director – Climate & Energy Program

Media Matters for America is a web-based, non-profit progressive research organization dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Media Matters’ Climate & Energy program works to improve media coverage of climate change, energy policy, and other environmental concerns through publishing original reporting, quick-hitting fact checks, and in-depth quantitative reports about coverage trends. The Deputy Director of the Climate & Energy Program reports to the Program Director and is responsible for analyzing media coverage of climate and energy issues, with a particular focus on generating content that rebuts false attacks on climate science and clean energy or otherwise improves the conversation of these topics in the media.


  • Monitoring: The Deputy Director is responsible for reviewing a wide array of conservative and mainstream media coverage of climate and energy issues, including television, radio, and print/online coverage. The Deputy Director will regularly identify both false and misleading media narratives that could undermine progress on climate and energy issues, as well as positive media narratives that help advance a progressive environmental agenda.

  • Content Generation: The Deputy Director will regularly propose ideas for website content and provide constructive feedback on content ideas from other members of the Media Matters staff. The Deputy Director will write rapid response research items, blog posts, and video/audio clips for a public audience, and help conceptualize and produce quantitative studies of climate and energy coverage.

  • Editing: The Deputy Director is responsible for editing clips, blogs, and research items for content and clarity. The Deputy Director is responsible both for fact-checking the content and adjusting style and language as necessary, to produce clean and effective written material that adheres to Media Matters’ style.

  •  Outreach: The Deputy Director may interact with experts and allies outside of the organization in order to promote Media Matters’ work, obtain on-record quotes, and help inform campaigns, petitions, and other efforts to hold media outlets accountable.

  • Digital: The Deputy Director may assist with creating digital content including graphics, charts, videos, and social media posts.

  •  Substitute Director: The Deputy Director will stand in for the Program Director when s/he is unavailable.


  • Recommended 3 years of experience engaged in research, policy, or advocacy related to climate change, the environment, and/or energy policy.

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or another relevant field.

  • Deep understanding of the current and projected landscape for environmental and energy policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • Deep understanding of the role media and the fossil fuel industry play in spreading misinformation about climate change and environmental safeguards.

  • Experience working on multiple tasks under tight deadlines. Experience producing online content on deadline is preferred.

How to Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter in a Word document or PDF format to No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview.

This job is located in our Washington, D.C., office.

Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.




Published At:  November 21, 2016 4:35 PM EST