Farringdon, Greater London
£31,960 - £37,600 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's 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!

About Us

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.

Job Purpose

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 and shaping public debate 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 protect children and help them thrive.  

Key duties will include collaborating with teams across the charity to identify newsworthy media opportunities, covering both international and UK issues affecting children.  This will involve writing strong media pitches, press releases, statements and comment pieces to generate maximum impact and achieve high profile media cut through.

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.

Main Accountabilities

The Media Manager will be a key focal point for generating and shaping media coverage  at critical moments for children, such as  humanitarian disasters, and key moments for Save the Children’s work, such as global report launches. Key duties will include:

  • Writing and providing input into creating of compelling, attention-grabbing media materials  that lead news coverage to  influencepolicy makers and key stakeholders
  • Collaborating with and influencing colleagues across teams and countries to find and generate strong news angles about issues threatening children’s ability to thrive. luencing teams and achieving good media outcomes for UK and International issues
  • Responding quickly to breaking news both in the UK and internationally to media generate coverage that drives fundraising and influences policy
  • 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 rebuttals (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

Person Profile


  • 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.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 8th November.




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Posted on: 18 October 2021
Closed date: 17 November 2021
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy