Sr. Specialist, Media & External Affairs - 23084

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Washington, DC, United States

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9 days ago

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Specialist, Media & External Affairs.

Major Function

The Senior Specialist, Media & External Affairs works to develop communications strategies and implement public relations tactics, including proactive media relations and other strategic communications to advance WWF’s conservation mission and drive engagement with policymakers, the public, influencers, and media. The position is responsible for the Media & External Affairs team’s work related to science, research, and fieldwork across the organization’s Conservation goal teams and Global Science team.
  • Leads the Media & External Affairs team’s work related to science, research, and fieldwork across the organization's Conservation goal teams and Global Science team.
  • Develops and implements comprehensive, integrated, and proactive communications strategies and tactics to promote WWF’s science, research, and field work, to elevate the profile and influence of WWF scientists.
  • Works with the organization's Conservation goal teams and Global Science team to develop and implement communications strategies, including identifying audiences, messages, approaches, and other key communications elements, including key activities, deliverables, and timetables.
  • Manages and works to expand WWF’s public Science profile via various external-facing channels, including third party media, social media, thought leadership platforms, and key events.
  • Drafts story pitches, press releases, op-eds, and other communications materials.
  • Proactively engages members of the news media to pitch WWF-led science and research, and reactively fields incoming media requests.
  • Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with journalists, editors, producers, and other key members of the news media.
  • Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with key internal and external partners, and with other WWF teams across the organization and broader WWF Network.
  • Supports the Media & External Affairs team with events and trainings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, as is knowledge of working with media and engaging in public relations tactics.
  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience in public relations or journalism is required.
  • A background in communications related to science, environmental issues or related fields is strongly preferred.
  • Superb oral and written communications skills are a must.
  • Ability to develop and implement external affairs and public relations tactics on tight deadlines.
  • Experience and proficiency with multiple social media platforms.
  • Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects; create and implement tactics on tight deadlines and be a cooperative team player.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, especially relationship management skills and the ability to work productively across diverse teams, cultures, and contexts.
  • Experience using multiple digital and social media platforms.
  • Strong organizational/analytical skills.
  • Highly-motivated, self-starter who knows how to take projects and run with them.
  • May travel to field programs, other WWF offices, corporate headquarters, and other locations both domestically and internationally.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages a plus.
  • Must possess appreciation and enthusiasm for conservation.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #23084
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.