Media Relations Manager
Media Relations Manager (Remote)
Job ID: 52376
Location: All International
Office Location: Arlington, Virginia, USA
TNC’s Headquarters is in Arlington, VA, US; this position may be remote or hybrid; may be located anywhere.
Who We Are
The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love TNC.
One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.
What We Can Achieve Together
The Media Relations Manager is responsible for implementing narrative-first public relations and media campaigns that support our global conservation work. Specifically, they will work collaboratively with colleagues around the world to elevate TNC’s visibility and reputation, primarily with top tier media outlets in the global west. This work may include implementing media relations strategies in support of our global policy work; identify creative story telling opportunities around TNC’s global projects, programs, and people; and will work to identify media partnership or sponsorship opportunities. They will facilitate on-going coordination and collaboration between the Global Media and Global Communications teams, and subject matter experts, spokespersons, and globally dispersed regional and field teams to develop stories and pitches and grow relationships with new media targets. They must have a proven track record securing long-lead, feature, and/or breaking news and rapid response stories, and interviews with key experts with major media outlets. They must have an understanding of what makes a good story and a strong contact list of print, radio, broadcast, and podcast producers and reporters. Experience working with non-English language media, especially Spanish-language media in the U.S. is a plus. They must have strong writing skills and may develop key messages, op-eds, thought leadership blogs, or letters to the editor, organizational storylines, and talking points for key Conservancy spokespeople, as needed. They are able to translate complex topics into compelling narratives and have a nose for news. They should have experience working on global policies such as climate change, food and water issues, biodiversity loss, and/or land-use issues.They are a quick learner who is interested in and passionate about storytelling and environmental issues.
In this role, you will:
- Implement, and execute public relations and/or media relations strategies to advance the organization’s global conservation work, spokespersons, and experts
- Cultivate and manage relationships with U.S. national and international top tier media outlets and reporters
- Serve as a strategic partner to colleagues across the organization
- Identify and manage media partnership opportunities
- Manages projects and evaluates and reports results, offering recommendations for corrective strategies, as needed
- Responsibility and accountability for meeting project goals and objectives
- Resolves complex issues independently within program area
What You’ll Bring
You have all of these:
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 5 years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.
- Experience organizing and coordinating multiple projects.
- Experience writing, editing, and proofreading.
You have all or some of these:
- Established network of media contacts.
- Experience developing media relations networks.
- Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in media relations.
- Experience implementing and measuring communication and engagement plans/strategies.
- Experience leading or managing projects.
- Experience working in a globally dispersed organization.
- Strong writing skills.
- Multi-lingual skills appreciated. Spanish language skills are a plus.
- Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
- Excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills.
- Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices.
What We Bring
Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!
TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits.
We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process.
Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.