Position title: Press Officer
Reports to: Head, Media Relations
About the role
This is a great opportunity to develop your news and media skills as part of a busy media team with the world’s leading conservation organisation. As a Press Officer for WWF International, you would be supporting our efforts to put core environmental issues on the political and corporate agenda and build a movement of people to support our cause and ensure change.
Working in the global media team, you will be focused on supporting us to proactively generate impactful and agenda-setting coverage of WWF’s work in advocacy and campaigns, while also reaching a mass audience through events like Earth Hour. You will support the day to day running of the WWF International press office by keeping us across major developments affecting our core mission; creating a future where people and nature thrive. You will act as a first point of contact for WWF network offices from all over the world, and for global media enquiries, helping to manage these and escalating as appropriate. You will have the opportunity to get involved in pitching stories and ideas to international media outlets too.
In this role you will develop your skills by participating in key media projects and by implementing communications plans for global campaigns and initiatives, writing press releases and drafting key messages and briefings for WWF spokespeople and high-level delegations. We will also look to you to stay in touch with the media landscape, and monitor the daily media cycle on environmental and relevant issues. You will contribute to developing and implementing digital strategies too. You will oversee and maintain our media evaluation system, and process reports and newsletters.
You should have experience of working in a fast-moving press office or news room and understand what makes a story interesting to a journalist. Comfortable writing high quality content, you will possess excellent communication skills and the confidence to develop relationships with journalists. As the role also involves a great deal of liaison with colleagues across our global network, both in communications and our conservation programmes, you will need to possess listening and stakeholder management skills.
A self-starter, with a flexible and positive working attitude, you will excel at managing deadlines, be good at prioritising, and will have good planning skills. You’ll have a sharp understanding of the global media landscape, including digital, and a passion for nature and the environment. You will also have a flexible approach, an understanding of working with global teams and an ability to work out-of-hours as duty press officer on call on a rota basis with the rest of the media team. A relevant degree would be an advantage too.
We may also disclose personal data about you to our affiliates in the network in order to manage our relationship with you.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
Interested applicants may submit their updated CVs and cover letter, subject as “Press Officer” to firstname.lastname@example.org