Senior Media Relations Manager, WWF International

Posted on 11 October 2021

Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth? Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realisation that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.

Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.

What we do
We are an independent conservation organisation, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

We are recruiting the role of Senior Media Relations Manager for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Location: Brussels and other European locations considered.
Work percentage: 100%
Contract type: Open ended

Mission of the Department

  • To engage audiences across the globe to accelerate conservation impact and to build the WWF brand
  • To ensure a coherent ‘One Brand, One Voice’ by integrating and supporting the communications functions across the network (Practices, Nos and POs)
  • To facilitate and coordinate the development and alignment to a global brand and communications strategy
  • To provide a Centre of Excellence to the Network and convene the Communications Community in terms of communications practice, coordination across Practices, techniques, platforms and digital media
  • To provide common technology platforms Network-wide to enable communication with the audience.

The Role

  • Deputise for the Head of Media Relations (HOMR) and support the Media Relations (MR) team to ensure the success of WWF’s global conservation goals and programs, by communicating the organisation’s work, profile and values to the global media, in line with network protocols
  • Work closely with the HOMR and with the Practices, key programmes and relevant countries to support the development of media strategies that reflect and respond to risk, incorporate digital and stakeholder communications, and work towards our objectives using news and thought leadership content
  • Provide support, advice, and media intelligence to the Network, and deputise for the HOMR as a central point of contact on media and public relations and on managing communications crises for the WWF Network
  • Actively participate as part of the core team in key global fora with Network colleagues (CoP, CITES etc) and on our main pillars of work (LPR, EH, WEF etc)

Main responsibilities

  • Provide advice and good counsel to the Media Relations team in line with agreed communications priorities
  • Work with team members to manage the communications around issues and crises on a case-by-case basis with the team, the relevant country, donor organisations (internal), the relevant department and the wider community, working closely with the Digital team
  • Provide support and advice to the network offices and the Practices to build capacity, manage risk, and ensure maximum message alignment in line with agreed communications priorities
  • Provide input into communications strategies as required by the HOMR
  • Monitor the international media agenda and provide advice as appropriate on media opportunities and emerging issues.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • Degree in communications, media, journalism or related subject
  • Significant senior relevant professional experience, preferable in PR, broadcasting or digital sectors
  • Proven success record in public relations, media relations, stakeholder management or a related field, as well as good knowledge in social media and digital influence arenas
  • Experience of working in complex / international / highly matrixed operations
  • Articulate, creative, passionate, flexible and tenacious
  • Excellent written and spoken English – French, Spanish and/or other languages an advantage
  • Attention to detail, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment
  • Flexible and comfortable working in a changing environment
  • Prepared to undertake some international travel
  • Proficiency and curiosity in new technologies, formats and new trends in journalism and public relations
  • Global mind-set and love of meeting new people and working across countries and cultures
  • Interest in conservation and environment issues
  • Identifies with the values of the WWF organisation, Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: Strive for impact, Listen deeply, Collaborate openly and Innovate fearlessly
  • Adheres to WWF’s brand characteristics, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

How to apply

Upload your covering letter and CV through LinkedIn. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.

Deadline for applications: by 31 October 2021

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Work permit restrictions may apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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