Senior Media Officer in London at WaterAid

Date Posted: 12/23/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Contract Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    London
  • Category:
  • Date Posted:
    12/23/2019

Job Description

Want to use your skills in news and communications to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Senior Media Officer to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you'll be joining a 2018 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.


As our creative and ambitious Senior Media Officer, you will provide expert media handling advice and to carry out media work, including protection and promotion of WaterAid reputation and issues in the media, both in the UK and internationally.

In this role, you will drive, develop and implement media strategies to achieve organisational communications objectives, including fundraising appeals, celebrity support, advocacy campaigns and policy work and key corporate partnerships both proactively and reactively as appropriate.

You'll also:

* Advise WaterAid staff (up to the Chief Executive), in consultation with the relevant manager or Global Head of Media on communicating through the media, whether proactively or reactively and on the risks and opportunities of external messaging.

* Build and maintain excellent relationships with relevant journalists, broadcasters and commentators in the local, UK and international media and widen interest in WaterAid's work.

* Help drive WaterAid's online media work and engage with bloggers, online journalists and social media influencers.

* Evaluate and report back on key campaigns to the team and rest of the organisation when required.

* Write copy as required for print and web outlets, in-house or external.

* Brief journalists on and off the record, arrange radio and TV interviews where necessary and brief staff in preparation.

* Monitor and evaluate media coverage and make recommendations to the managers.

* Join the 24/7 on-call rota and be prepared for some work outside normal office hours, such as when preparing for major news stories and international conferences.

To be successful, you'll need:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent work experience
  • Excellent command of written English to produce written media work of high quality
  • Proven experience of working in an in-house press office / PR agency or as a journalist
  • Proven experience of liaising with journalists of all levels
  • Proven ability to devise and implement proactive campaigns with examples or equivalent high profile work as a journalist.
  • Understanding of how the media can be used as an influencing tool - whether to encourage fundraising and engagement or influence decision makers.
  • Proven ability to think 'outside the box' and so generate a wide range of media coverage
  • Excellent understanding and working knowledge of online and social media
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and a variety of work simultaneously
  • Ability to forge effective working relationships within the team and with colleagues from across the organisation.

To see the full job pack, please click 'apply'.

To be considered for the role, you must apply with your CV and Cover Letter in one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Applications will close one minute before midnight on 22nd January 2020. Availability for interview is required w/c 27th January 2020.

Salary: £33,000 with excellent benefits

Additional Information

WaterAid benefits include:

* 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)

* Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave

* We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%

* Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week

* Season Ticket Loan

* Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme

* Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave.

* Sabbaticals

WaterAid is currently located at Durham Street, Vauxhall. However, we will be leaving our current location in the summer of 2020 (likely to be June/July 2020) and moving to 20 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Therefore the London Office location and contract base, if you are successfully offered the role, will change. This will be discussed at the interview stage with you.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority and we take our responsibilities extremely serious. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at careers@wateraid.org