Media Relations and Communications Specialist

Teach for All

Teach for All

Marketing & Communications
Multiple locations · Las Vegas, NV, USA · San Diego, CA, USA · Portland, OR, USA · Sacramento, CA, USA · Phoenix, AZ, USA · Bangladesh · Côte d'Ivoire · Hong Kong · Ghana · Malaysia · Mauritius · Nigeria · India · Kenya · Philippines · Rwanda · Singapore · Uganda · United Arab Emirates · Zambia · Zimbabwe · South Africa · Thailand · Tunisia
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024

Position Summary

The Media Relations and Communications Specialist plays a key role in developing and maintaining the public image of our organization and network in the media and public events. This role encompasses a wide range of duties including stakeholder management, research, media monitoring, drafting press releases, and preparing training modules for spokespeople. The candidate will be proficient in navigating the international media landscape, forging strong journalist relationships, and collaborating with internal teams and external partners to enhance Teach For All’s ability to contribute to the global discussion, advocating for our core purpose and the impact of our network.

About The Team

The Communications Team works to influence the global discussion in order to create an external environment conducive to the achievement of Teach For All’s vision and to build a shared understanding of our network’s mission and impact. We are a fast-paced team that works to build a proactive narrative and brand that highlights our core purpose and the impact of our global network, creates a clear understanding of how our network is structured, and raises the profile of our network partners.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Media Relations:

  • Drive a targeted media landscape analysis to identify relevant platforms and journalists for outreach and cultivation
  • Set up and efficiently manage media contact databases and monitor incoming media queries
  • Support the Head of Strategic Communications to manage engagement with journalists
  • Perform daily monitoring of media, track our brand presence, and identify opportunities to engage journalists and media platforms in our work
  • Analyze media coverage to derive actionable insights for improved engagement strategies

2. Press Releases and Communications Materials:

  • Coordinate the drafting and distribution of press kits and releases, ensuring alignment with our messaging strategy
  • Act as a strategic aide to the Head of Strategic Communications in the formulation of media outreach plans and communications strategies

3. Speaking Events:

  • Set up and manage a database of spokespeople and coordinate their training and support and maintain a toolkit of resources to support spokespeople in their work
  • Collaborate with the Head of Strategic Communications in delivering spokesperson training sessions
  • Design and implement a strategy to Identify and secure speaking engagements, and prepare comprehensive speaker briefs

4. Public Affairs Communications:

  • Contribute to the development and execution of strategic communication initiatives across various teams
  • Conduct research and provide support to the Global Head of Communications and the Head of Strategic Communications in crisis communications strategies, response mechanisms, and other strategic opportunities and projects

As the ideal candidate, you will bring:

  • Three or more years of professional experience, with a focus on media engagement and strategic communications.
  • Strong communication skills, including fluency in English (knowledge of other languages is advantageous).
  • Excellent research skills to analyze the media landscape, identify opportunities, and develop impactful communication strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Strong project management and analytical skills to track media coverage, analyze data, generate and manage project plans, and translate insights into actionable strategies for improved engagement.
  • Strong writing skills for crafting press releases, speeches, and other communication materials.
  • Interpersonal and relationship-building ability to maintain relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Solutions-oriented mindset and a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to comfortably work across multiple dynamics of cultural difference effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic, and globally dispersed environment
  • Exemplifies Teach For All’s core values and a commitment to Teach For All’s mission:
    • Reflects a sense of possibility in mindset and vision
    • Believes in the value of being locally rooted and globally informed
    • Drives toward constant learning and improvement
    • Convinced of the necessity of diversity and inclusiveness in our work
    • Believes in the interdependence between us and our partners in solving this global problem

Additional Desirable Skills/Experiences:

  • Knowledge of media monitoring tools and experience tracking and analyzing media coverage.
  • Experience developing and delivering spokesperson training.
  • Background in journalism or communications is a plus

Compensation

Salary for this position is competitive and dependent on country of hire, prior work experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Work Authorization

Please note, this position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship. All candidates must possess local permanent work authorization/permit in order to be considered.

Travel and Hours

Travel is possible when it is safe to do so and in accordance with local travel guidelines. Given that we work across different time zones, some non-traditional hours for early or later calls are an expectation of this role.

Apply now

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. Please submit your resume or curriculum vitae and a one-page letter of motivation in English directly online. Your letter should summarize motivations for your application and how your skills and experience align with the terms of this opportunity.

About Teach For All

Teach For All is a global network of 60 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization committed to developing collective leadership to ensure all children fulfill their potential. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ under-resourced schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential. Teach For All’s global organization works to increase the network’s impact by capturing and spreading learning, facilitating connections among partners, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development of partner staff, teachers, and alumni.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that inspires individuals of all backgrounds – across nationalities, races, ethnicity, religions, political views, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, physical disabilities, languages, ages, genders and prior experiences – to bring their full selves to the work of ensuring educational opportunity for all.

In order to maximize our effectiveness in fulfilling Teach For All’s mission, we also feel it is important to focus on increasing representation and inclusiveness with respect to two dimensions in particular: we prioritize diversity of geography because this can help us quickly understand and connect with the diverse cultures and geographies of the world. We also prioritize increasing the representation and inclusiveness of team members who themselves have experienced the inequities we’re working to address by nature of sharing the background (e.g. economic, racial and ethnic, religious) of the most disadvantaged groups in their countries.