The job of a Save the Children's UK Media Manager is fast-paced and fulfilling.
- Do you have a successful track record of driving media coverage with demonstrable results?
- Do you have proven knowledge of the UK media landscape covering news, consumer and PR?
- Are you passionate about influencing decision makers to achieve change?
- Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?
If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!
Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.
Reporting directly to the Head of the News Team, the Media Manager is an active member of the Policy, Advocacy, and Campaigns department which is responsible for driving political agendas both nationally and globally.
The Media Manager will play a key role in increasing public awareness of Save the Children UK and promoting the work we do with a particular focus on amplifying our policy, research and campaigning work to improve the children we aim to protect.
Key duties will involve collaborating with campaigners across the charity to identify newsworthy media opportunities, writing strong media pitches, press releases, statements which generate maximum impact and comment pieces and pitching stories.
As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The Media Manager will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.
The Media Manager will be a key focal point for media management at time of humanitarian disasters, large global international launches and influencing opportunities. Key duties will focus on:
- Providing input into the generation, writing and production of impactful content which influences policy makers and key stake holders
- Collaborating cross-organisationally, influencing teams and achieving good media outcomes for UK and International issues
- Responding quickly to breaking news both in the UK and internationally to project our programme issues into high profile media
- Building media partnerships to keep our work and issues in the news
- Helping to bring on board influential commentators to create debate around and champion our issues
- Leading on developing strategies to publicise fundraising appeals for slow onset crises or emergency responses
- Mapping, building and maintaining relationships with key journalists, editors, commentators, opinion formers, bloggers and documentary makers
- Protecting Save the Children's reputation, developing and implementing crisis management media strategies and rebuttal (when required)
- Acting as a spokesperson for Save the Children (when required)
- Travelling across the UK and overseas to provide effective media support to Save the Children initiatives and campaigns (when possible and required)
- Taking turns on the out of hours rota
- Degree in journalism, communications, international development or related field
- Significant experience in news journalist, press officer or other type of media handling role
- Experience writing key messages such as press releases, media briefings and opinion pieces which generate excellent coverage across different types of national and global media
- Experience of project managing complex media outcomes across different outlets and across different countries
- Ability to effectively communicate complex information quickly and concisely
- Ability to effectively project manage in scenarios of competing priorities and high pressure
- Ability to influence decision makers to achieve change
- A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
- A commitment to Save the Children UK's aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity
Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
Closing date: 18th April
Please note - whilst this role is advertised as office based, Save The Children UK will remain a remote-working organisation until at least 30 June 2021.
We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.