This position falls within the Strategic Communications Unit and plays a central role in supporting WWF in its objective to be an admired, recognised and well-supported organisation.
The media manager will also contribute towards strengthening WWF’s position as a valued thought leader in the conservation sector.
- Manage WWF South Africa’s presence in the media
- Develop and implement a media strategy (and plan) for WWF
- Provide media support to all WWF units
- Manage the implementation of all media activities
- Identify media stories and opportunities, including creative tactical solutions to attract new audiences, developing thought leadership pieces and rapidly responding to current situations as and when they arise with relevant comment and opinions
- Evaluate delivery of media against targets
- Provide quarterly media reports including coverage and trends
- Write and edit press releases, articles, stories and opinion pieces
- Manage and respond to media queries
- Organise and manage press conferences, media trips and workshops as required
- Manage relationships with media companies, agencies and journalists
- Assist with general tasks within the communication unit
- Be the face of WWF and represent the organisation in a dynamic and charismatic manner
- A degree in journalism, media, communication or other relevant field
- An additional qualification in the field of conservation would be an advantage
- Minimum 10 years media experience, including 5 years media management experience
- Articulate and confident oral communication and excellent writing skills in English. Similar skills in other South African languages would be an advantage
- Demonstrable media networks nationally and excellent media relationships
- Proven strategic development, leadership and planning ability
- Proven experience in and affinity for media engagement and campaigns
- Ability to manage stress and work to tight deadlines
- Good understanding of the issues relating to WWF-SA’s mission
- Good understanding of media and public relations
- Good management skills
- An interest in and commitment to environmental and conservation issues and an understanding of the connection between social issues and the environment
- Must work well in a team and have a positive attitude
- Driver’s licence
To apply for the position, please click here and create or update your profile. Under the “Documents” section of your profile, attach a detailed CV with a covering letter which explains why you feel you should be appointed to this role, including specific examples from your previous experience. Please make sure you upload your CV and cover letter as one document (pdf/doc). Make sure you have names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references on your CV.
Applications close on 31st March 2016 emailed application will not be considered.
WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.