Communications and Social Media Strategist
The IWMF seeks Communications and Social Media Strategist. The position calls for an experienced individual responsible for developing and implementing an effective media and communications plan to increase the visibility of and to strategically advance the IWMF’s advocacy, programs and events. Social media experience, attention to details and excellent writing skills are a requirement. The Communications and Social Media Strategist should thoroughly understand the IWMF’s mission and should be able to fastidiously acclimate to IWMF’s various programs and advocacy.
The Communications and Social Media Strategist will develop and maintain the IWMF’s relationships with national and regional reporters, increase placement in national, local and new media, and coordinate with IWMF staff to achieve issue-based program objectives and advocacy campaigns.
The IWMF will only consider applicants that are experienced social media strategists who are at the forefront of the social media arena. The Communications and Social Media Strategist reports directly to the Executive Director.
The Communications and Social Media Strategist performs a wide range of duties as assigned and requested by the IWMF including, but not limited to:
- Developing and maintaining a comprehensive communications plan with attention to developing the organization’s brand, particularly via social media
- Directing outreach to and fostering relationships with national and local news media, including bloggers, television bookers, print reporters, columnists and editorial staff
- Implementing use of social media and new technology for publicity campaign communications and media
- Coordinating media strategy with national and local organizations
- Organizing compelling news conferences, publicity and media briefings
- Executing rapid response for breaking news stories. Weekend and after hours may be required
- Creating and maintaining excellent system for tracking and reporting media placement and contacts
- Working with IWMF staff to set communications goals, train staff in communications skills, and track and report successes
- Drafting press releases, blog pieces and other materials
- Updating and maintaining the IWMF’s website and social media outlets
- Fielding calls from press and directing them to the right spokesperson
- Also performs a wide range of job duties as assigned and requested
- Must have demonstrated ability to manage own work and work of others with minimal supervision
- Requires high level of judgment and ability to take initiative and work independently
- Must be able to handle multiple “priority” projects simultaneously and set and meet deadlines
- Extensive knowledge of organizing advocacy communications strategies preferred, particularly via social media
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills, including attention to details
- Demonstrated ability to manage effective relationships with staff, news media, and allied organizations
- Strong track record of working with new and traditional media
- Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure
- Knowledge of CRM and video editing is desired
Education requirement: 4 years
Three to five year's related work experience.
Employment type: Full-time
Salary details: Depending on work experience and qualifications
Benefits: We offer a generous benefits package that includes health care coverage, disability insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, paid vacation and personal day, as well as opportunities for advancement and travel.
The IWMF is a nonprofit organization launched in 1990. Its mission is to strengthen the role of women in the news media worldwide. IWMF programs are designed to move women into key positions in the news media by providing them with the information, skills and connections they need to succeed.
Each year, the IWMF recognizes three women journalists who have shown extraordinary strength of character while working under difficult or dangerous circumstances with its Courage in Journalism Awards. A pioneering woman journalist is honored for her contributions to news media with the Lifetime Achievement Award. During the past 21 years, 72 journalists have won Courage Awards and 20 journalists have been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Since its inception, the IWMF has built an international network of women journalists, increased the level and depth of debate regarding women's status in the news media and worked with women in the media to create critical strategies and resources for professional development. In 2011, the IWMF published “The Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media.” The study examines more than 500 companies in nearly 60 countries shows that men occupy the vast majority of the management jobs and news-gathering positions in most nations included in the study.
The IWMF's groundbreaking projects, innovative research and support to women in the news media help women to develop their talents and advance in the profession. IWMF programs have been held in 25 countries and on the Internet. Our current activities include:
- An international awards program that recognizes the bravery of women journalists.
- An international fellowship program for women journalists covering human rights issues.
- Reporting Fellowship program on health reporting on HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
- Reporting Fellowship program on environmental reporting in the Philippines.
- Start-up grants for women entrepreneurs in the digital news frontier.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit cover letter, resume and writing samples (1) press release (1) brief web article or promotional piece