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Media Officer

Open until best-qualified candidate is selected.

Please quote vacancy number: COM2118-2201


The Media Officer is responsible for RFE/RL’s press engagement. Working closely with the Communications Director and RFE/RL’s Senior Leadership, the Media Officer will work to generate and respond to media coverage to educate and inform audiences about the Company’s mission. The Media Officer will also be responsible for drafting press releases, as well as op-eds and other public materials that contribute to demonstrating RFE/RL’s thought leadership. The Media Officer supports RFE/RL’s mission-profile and impact, by advising stakeholders as appropriate on best practices in media relations. This role is a vital member of the External Affairs team with visibility across RFE/RL’s operations. 

 

Responsibilities:  

  • Support media outreach to advance overall communications goals; 
  • Draft, distribute, and post online press releases and other materials; 
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive press lists; 
  • Vet and respond to media inquiries and arrange interviews for identified spokespeople; 
  • Prepare and draft background materials for RFE/RL spokespeople in advance of media engagements and work to institutionalize a “rapid response” culture; 
  • Draft and place op-eds as directed; 
  • Draft talking points and other assigned written projects; 
  • Arrange and promote media events, including roundtables, briefings, and others; 
  • Identify opportunities for coverage of RFE/RL’s reporting and analysis; 
  • Contribute to training opportunities and identification of potential spokespeople; 
  • Provide internal advice and guidance on best media practices; 
  • Monitor media coverage and share analysis internally; 
  • Coordinate closely with the EA team and senior staff within RFE/RL; 
  • Develop working relationships with US and international media interested in RFE/RL’s work; 
  • Other tasks as assigned; 
  • Occasional on-call work outside standard business hours. 

Minimum Qualifications 

 

Education:  

Must have a BA degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field or the equivalent in experience. 

 

Work Experience: 

  • 2-3 years of experience with media relations at a think tank, NGO, the legislative or executive branches of government, a public affairs agency, political campaign, or trade association; 
  • Proven experience preparing and distributing press releases and other materials, particularly under tight deadlines; 
  • Demonstrable understanding of how media coverage can be achieved, particularly with US and international media, and evidence of achieving this on behalf of an organization; 
  • Proven experience handling press inquiries and organizing media events; 
  • Previous foreign policy or international development experience preferred. 

 

Competencies: 

  • Demonstrated ability to handle media inquiries efficiently and with professionalism; 
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, high attention to detail, and strong organizational skills, including timeliness and accuracy; 
  • Knowledge of US and international media landscapes; 
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment with exceptional follow-through; 
  • Exercise sound judgement and discretion, and ability to manage highly-sensitive issues; 
  • Goal-oriented, with the ability to translate goals into strategic action; 
  • Self-starter comfortable working with a close-knit team; and  
  • Commitment to RFE/RL’s mission and media freedom. 

 

Languages: 

Native-level written and spoken English; demonstrated excellent verbal and written communications skills. 

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Appointment against this post is on a D.C. basis only. Candidates for these positions must reside within commuting distance of Washington D.C., or be willing to relocate. In some cases, if selected for a D.C.-based position from another part of the United States, RFE/RL would cover the costs of interview travel and relocation upon appointment. RFE/RL offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.


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