Press Officer (Senior Associate), Communications

Location: New York City
Posted: November 2018

Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment–political and financial –in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all.

Summary of the Position:

In this new role, the Press Officer will manage and implement press relations and activities to increase Women Deliver’s presence globally. This role will also spend 50% of their time from January-June 2019 focused on general communications support and conference communications support given the organization’s priorities. This position reports to the Director of Communications.

Accountabilities:

Press Officer:

  • Establishes and fosters strong relationships with journalists, editors, and producers in order to expand media outreach
  • Proactively pitches stories and content that helps to increase the visibility of Women Deliver, our partners, and our issues
  • Organizes and facilitates articles, media briefings, and interviews with journalists
  • Identifies, develops, and implements ideas and opportunities for featured articles and interviews in external media that promotes awareness of Women Deliver both in the US and globally
  • Distributes press releases and other briefing materials to the media in coordination with the overall Communications Team
  • Coordinates and manages press requests, connecting the media with Women Deliver spokespeople, including the President/CEO, senior management team, and Women Deliver Young Leaders
  • Provides media training and coaching to Women Deliver spokespersons
  • Puts together spokesperson briefing materials for secured media opportunities
  • Manages and expands the press contacts database; completing media mapping as needed
  • Oversees media monitoring working closely with Communications Associates and Assistant
  • Co-manages the development and distribution of tools to assist the media field in telling more well-rounded stories of girls and women with the goal of narrative change
  • Develops and implements press strategies to support and extend impact and awareness of key events, campaigns, and partners
  • Works closely with the other members of the Communications Team to ensure an integrated approach to Women Deliver’s overall brand and positioning
  • Part of “on call” system to respond to media requests during non- business hours

General Communications:

  • Supports communications planning for key events such as CSW, Davos, G7, UNGA etc. Works closely as a partner with the broader Communications Team and programs; work may include pitching, drafting materials, inviting media, developing stories, and event liaison support etc.
  • Supports communication strategies leading up to and through the conference (WD2019) including liaison work with Women Deliver’s communications firm, providing media guidance on key conference elements, assisting on branding, and partner positioning
  • Supports the writing of op-eds and blogs for pitching purposes
  • Supports the creation of new advocacy material, including policy briefs, infographics, toolkits, and webinar content, with a particular focus on newsworthy distribution
  • Supports the creation of new digital products, including website content, social media campaigns, virtual discussions, online databases, and Medium platforms
  • Provides general surge support for the Communications Team – including humanitarian, youth, and policy and advocacy work

Qualifications, Skills, Education, and Knowledge:

  • Commitment to Women Deliver’s mission, purpose, and values
  • BA/BS required; Master’s degree highly preferred
  • Minimum 4-6 years of related, progressively responsible work experience with emphasis in media, press relations, or journalism
  • Exposure to non-US based media outlets and organizations
  • Prior experience in media pitching required
  • PR or Communications Agency experience not required, but a plus
  • Skilled in media training
  • Exceptional listener and communicator – written and oral – with high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize many different ideas, connecting the dots and crafting rich content for a range of audiences
  • Must be highly organized, with a strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to think both strategically and tactically, ensuring both big-picture and smaller-scale assignments are performed with excellence; mindset of flawless execution in all assignments
  • Professional and friendly demeanor and strong customer service skills
  • Dependability, diplomacy, and a sense of humor are necessary
  • Flexibility to work overtime when needed
  • Must be able eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship

 

 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to: careers@womendeliver.org

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