The Media Relations and Communications Officer is responsible for managing a fast-paced media relations operation and providing communications support, with a strong focus on the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)’s Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) program. This position, which will be based in the Washington, D.C. office, will be divided 70%–30% between executing media relations and communications support for MRJ and for WRC’s other programs, respectively.
This position reports directly to the Director of External Affairs and works closely with all WRC staff, in particular with the Director of the MRJ program and the full MRJ team. The Media Relations and Communications Officer is responsible for maintaining and building targeted press lists and reporter/producer relationships. In addition, a major function of this position is to develop press materials including media advisories, news releases, letters to the editor, op-eds, talking points, and facts sheets. This role will be instrumental in helping implement an ambitious strategic communications plan that is aligned with WRC’s overall vision and goals and designed to increase the organization’s profile among key audiences including media, donors, and governments.
Essential Job Functions:
- Build and maintain targeted press lists and relationships with reporters, producers, and television show bookers
- Place key policy experts in print and on TV and radio
- Plan and coordinate press calls and press events as necessary
- Monitor and analyze emerging and breaking news cycles relevant to WRC’s work
- Work with the Digital Media Officer on a daily WRC media clips list
- Manage a robust rapid media response operation, often outside of regular work hours, especially for the MRJ program
- In close collaboration with policy teams and the Director of External Affairs, craft media advisories, news releases, letters to the editor, op-eds, blogs, press talking points, and one-pagers
- Work closely with the Director of External Affairs and appropriate policy staff to craft strategic media messaging that will infiltrate news cycles
- Support MRJ’s digital media needs as needed, including on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
- Support MRJ staff at public-facing events in D.C.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience in a high-volume communications operation
- Superb media relations skills and established relationships with national and international reporters
- Outstanding writing and editing skills with a strong focus on writing for media
- Proficiency with media list-building software, database management, Microsoft Office, and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and often high-pressure environment
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Capitol Hill or campaign press experience strongly preferred
- Knowledge of U.S. immigration policy and international humanitarian work desired
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of WRC
- Sense of humor a plus
To apply, please send a cover letter with your resume and salary requirements.
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