Management Sciences for Health Job Vacancy: Senior Media Relations Specialist - Arlington VA OR Medford MA, USA

Develop and maintain relationships with the media and thought leaders. Pitch stories to the media. Manage press lists and manage press events. Track coverage. Write op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and blogs for MSH technical leaders.

Pitch stories and develop relationships with media and online influences (60%)
  • Draft press releases in coordination with Sr. Director, Strategic Communications
  • Contribute to communications, brand plan, and editorial calendar development
  • Pitch stories about MSH's global health results and innovations to national and international media
  • Assist MSH countries and country reps in garnering media attention
  • Maintain MSH press lists
  • Track MSH press coverage
  • Follow key reporters on social media and track trends
  • Work closely with CEO Communications Specialist, especially on outreach and events related to CEO's forthcoming book
  • Monitor trends in major media and forums
  • Manage press events in coordination with the Marketing and Events Specialist
Write opinion pieces, blogs and letters to the editor and other thought leadership pieces and help manage the MSH blog (30%)
  • Develop key themes and topics for opinion pieces and blogs in conjunction with Sr. Director, Strategic Communications and Online Communications Specialist relating to our global health priorities such as health systems strengthening, epidemic prevention, and maternal and child health
  • Draft op-eds, letters to the editor, opinion pieces, blogs, and other short essays. Working with VPs and others, conduct related research for proof points and evidence for newspapers, journals, and blogs providing positions on global health practices
Assist with writing of high level marketing pieces (10%)
  • Work with VP, GPMC and Sr. Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations to help write/develop marketing materials as needed
  • Assist with writing for MSH website or social media as needed

    Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, or public health and 10 years related experience
    or
  • Masters and 8 years of experience preferably in communications with focus on global health issues and work for a nonprofit organization
Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an emphasis on influencing and persuading others, demonstrated experience and relationships with pitching stories to key reporters.
  • Conceptual, writing and analytic skills, can write and speak persuasively and set MSH apart.
  • Thinks outside the box to help MSH “stand out”.
Competencies
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and work independently and on teams.
  • Initiate and organize work, establish priorities in a time-sensitive environment, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Produce pieces in a timely manner.
  • Ability to ghost-write for others without proprietorship of authorship.
  • English fluency.
Physical Demands
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.,
  • Travel 5%
Reports To
Senior Director, Strategic Communications


EEO Statement
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.


Closing Date: 11 Apr 2016

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