Press Officer (Senior Associate), Communications

Women Deliver

Location: New York City
Posted: August 2019
Priority Deadline: September 2 (rolling application review thereafter)

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:
The Press Officer will manage and implement press relations, strategies, and activities to strengthen Women Deliver’s presence and profile globally. The Press Officer will support communications team’s colleagues in issue-specific communications campaigns, including pitching reporters, working on journalist trainings, and prepping staff and other advocates for interviews. Additionally, the Press Officer will develop longer term strategies to help change the narrative from girls and women as victims, to agents of change. 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 globally
Proactively pitches stories and content that helps to increase the visibility of Women Deliver, our partners, and our issues
Organizes and facilitates 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
Creates briefing materials such as talking points and difficult Q&A for spokespeople
Manages and expands the press contacts database; completing media mapping as needed
Oversees media monitoring working closing with Communications Associate and Assistant
Co-manages the development and distribution of tools and resources to assist the media field in telling more well-rounded stories of girls and women with the goal of narrative change, including organizing media trainings
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 the writing of op-eds and blogs for pitching purposes
Supports the creation of new advocacy materials, 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 a plus
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
A passion for media pitching required
PR or Communications Agency experience not required, but a plus
Skilled in prepping spokespeople for interviews, including writing briefings and doing in-person trainings
Experience developing trainings for journalists preferred
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
An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit – must be able to own projects from start to finish, and work well with others during the process
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

Job URL: 
https://womendeliver.org/press-officer/

Opportunity type

Full-time