Vacancy: Media Relations Officer

About Theirworld

Theirworld is an influential global charity aiming to end the global education crisis and unleash the potential of the next generation. We work to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future. To achieve this, we are tackling the lack of political will, financial commitment and action that is currently preventing the realisation of inclusive, quality education for all children. We bring together experience and evidence from our research and projects alongside the passion and power of our campaigns and communications to unlock the big, transformational changes needed to end the global education crisis.

We have existed since 2002, and we are currently going through an exciting period of growth and transformation - assembling a world-class team of campaigners, communicators, researchers, advocates and project managers with the skills, commitment to our mission, and strong team spirit and creative energy to turn the organisation’s vision into reality.

About the role

One of these critical new hires is an engaging and creative Media Officer with several years’ experience to join our growing communications team. Reporting to the Head of Communications, the role will be based in our London office, with occasional domestic and international travel as required.

Main responsibilities

The post will cover a broad range of press, media and communications skills, with particular attention to:  

  • engaging proactively with the media, pitching stories to international, national, trade and consumer press

  • tracking news and identifying media opportunities for Theirworld

  • reacting to incoming press enquiries

  • ensuring Theirworld projects and reports receive coverage

  • liaising with our policy, research and project staff to identify and deliver communications opportunities from their activities and writing 

  • ensuring Theirworld is a credible source and cited in third party articles

  • proofing and copy-editing reports and research papers and overseeing the printing process.

  • raising the profile of our leadership through op-eds, speaking, panel and conference opportunities 

These responsibilities and functions may be adjusted slightly for the right candidate and over time as needs change.

Experience, skills and character

  • Demonstrable interest in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and economic, foreign, security and other policies affecting marginalised and vulnerable populations around the world
  • Excellent written English and verbal communication skills. Good negotiation skills

  • Strong news sense and ability to spot a story 

  • Ideally experience of working with press within consumer titles

  • Gravitas to confidently engage with a variety of media and pitch in stories

  • Determined, enthusiastic and proactive ‘can do’ attitude

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to get on with people at all levels and from all backgrounds

  • Resilient, a self-starter and a team player

Apply for this role

Please submit your CV and a covering email to [email protected] including the name of the role of interest in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for this application is January 21, 2020.

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