Job Title: Director of Media Relations
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.
Reporting to the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMCO) and working closely with the President and CEO, program directors, and other key staff, the Director of Media Relations plays an indispensable role in ensuring the continued presence of the Center for Reproductive Rights in high-profile media, shaping the organization's messaging, and influencing public discourse on the issues we confront.
The Director of Media Relations bears primary responsibility for developing and executing innovative and effective strategies for engaging journalists at the international, national, regional, and local levels in the Center's work and initiatives, and for working with the Senior Director of Communications and other key staff to ensure tight integration of the Center's messaging and press strategies with public outreach via digital/social media and publications.
With the support of the Director of Media Relations' three direct reports'the U.S. Press Officer, Senior Global Press Officer, and Communications Associate's/he also oversees the execution of the placement of articles, interviews in key media outlets; supervises the writing and placement of op-eds; develops supporting materials for all media campaigns; and training and preparation of Center representatives for media appearances.
The Director of Media Relations plays a vital strategic role in the Communications Department, continually surveying the media landscape for upcoming opportunities and challenges'and working with colleagues within the department and among the Center's program staff for coordinating strategies for responding to them, often on very tight timelines.
The Director will also serve as a key member of the Center's management team, responsible for the day to day operations of their program as well as contributing to the Center's strategy. He/she will embody the values of transparency, collaboration, and open communication to foster and inspire a positive team environment within and across departments. This individual must have demonstrated prior experience coaching, mentoring, and developing team members to drive performance in support of the Center's mission. The individual must be adaptable with the ability to judge multiple competing priorities, switching between strategic and tactical approaches. This is an ideal position for a change agent looking to make a valuable contribution.
This position will be based in New York City.
The Director of Media Relations' primary job responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Strategy and Message Development
Budgeting and Departmental Planning
Critical Position Qualities:
Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.
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