Senior Press Officer
Deadline: Until filled
Location: New York, USA
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center)
The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
The Senior Press Officer will report directly to the Director, Communications and will work closely with U.S. program staff and other key staff. S/he will play an indispensable role in ensuring the continued presence of the Center for Reproductive Rights in high-profile media, shaping the organization's messaging, and influencing public discourse on the issues we confront.
The Senior Press Officer bears primary responsibility for developing and executing innovative and effective strategies for engaging journalists at the national, regional, and local levels in the Center's work and initiatives; placing articles, interviews, and op-eds in key media outlets; developing supporting materials for all media campaigns; and training and prepping Center representatives for media appearances.
S/he plays a vital strategic role in the Communications Department, continually surveying the media landscape for upcoming opportunities and challenges'and working with colleagues within the department and among the Center's program staff for coordinating strategies for responding to them, often on very tight timelines.
This position will be based in New York City.
The Senior Press Officer's primary job responsibilities include, but not are limited to:
- Cultivate, maintain, and expand relationships with key journalists, bloggers, and other influential media figures who regularly cover reproductive rights issues in regional, national, and local outlets where the Center is active.
- Develop and execute carefully targeted and innovative strategies for securing coverage of the Center's work and messaging.
- Write press releases and develop supplementary materials (including fact sheets, background briefings, and talking points memos) providing journalists and Center staff with concise, compelling summaries of the Center's initiatives and messages.
- Monitor trends and developments in media and culture related to reproductive rights issues; produce regular briefings to identify opportunities and guide strategy for positioning the Center as a leading public authority in the field.
- Prepare Center spokespeople for media and public appearances via formal media training and informal prep sessions.
- Develop and maintain database of media contacts.
- Oversee daily monitoring of relevant news and compilation of daily media reports distributed to staff, highlighting coverage of the Center and important trends.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of systems for tracking the initiatives and messaging of opposition organizations and individuals, and the impact of harmful anti-reproductive rights laws and policy in the lives of the women subject to them.
- Communicate regularly with other departments to ensure strategies are closely aligned across the organization.
- Work with partner organizations on joint messaging as appropriate.
- Assist the Director, Communications in developing and maintaining the department's budget for media-related expenses.
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in communications, media relations, journalism, or a related field.
- Five to 10 years of experience in progressive media, journalism, or public relations.
- An impressive portfolio demonstrating innovation and consistently high-quality results.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Broad awareness and deep understanding of current and developing ideas and techniques for communicating effectively in a continually and rapidly evolving media landscape.
- Strong intuition and instincts for translating trends and research findings into concrete communications opportunities'and an ability to move quickly and decisively to take advantage of them.
- Knowledge of U.S. reproductive rights issues'as well as legal and human rights systems'a plus.
- Exceptionally strong organizational skills and a proven ability to concurrently manage a large number and wide variety of projects with strict deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving, and mentoring skills, and a calm, diplomatic demeanor'even in times of intense pressure.
- Ability to travel as needed.
- Deep dedication to the Center's mission, values, and strategic objectives.
The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
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