Communications Officer (media)
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Communications Officer with sharp news sense to join our growing team. The successful candidate will bring talent, enthusiasm, and relevant knowledge and experience to support press and social media strategies and communications across the entire global organisation. This new role sits in our growing global communications team, working with, and reporting to, the Senior Corporate Accountability & Communications Officer. We are a small, high-performing team tasked with increasing the media and social media coverage of BHRRC’s analysis and key findings, as well as supporting and amplifying the efforts of our partners on the ground that are fighting to achieve justice and remedies for victims of abuse. About us Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a high-impact, global organization that works to advance respect for human rights in business and hold companies accountable for abuse. We do this by empowering human rights advocates in civil society, business and governments to stimulate bold leadership for human rights in business; building corporate accountability to strengthen due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse; and increasing transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business. We generate and share information that is relevant, reliable and up to date, and we work with advocates around the world to use this information to drive positive change that puts human rights at the heart of business. About the role The Communications Officer will have a particular focus on increasing international media coverage of our work and research, and the activities of our partners, including in the field of labour rights. The Communications Officer will:
- Drive a proactive and strategic press approach: Spot opportunities for high impact coverage in target outlets, develop relationships with priority journalists, and create and pitch compelling content to media.
- Develop high-impact communications products: Work with our Global Team to design and disseminate briefings, blogs, infographics, videos and other communications products that influence our key audiences.
- Produce well-written content: Write and edit channel-appropriate content for our audiences. Support the Global Team to produce high-quality and newsworthy reports, op-eds and blogs.
- Contribute to organisational and project communications strategies and planning: Support the Senior Corporate Accountability & Communications Officer to implement our communications strategy. Advise project managers on strategic communications. Keep our planning calendar up to date and help ensure deadlines are met.
- Support social media work: Work with Digital Officer to maintain and enhance our social media presence (through major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and emerging channels), including creating and publishing content.
- Support the communications team: Provide on-call cover for the communications team, with occasional infrequent out of hours work, and share admin jobs.
- Line management responsibilities: The Communications Officer may be asked to manage up to two interns.
- Travel: There may be occasional international travel for information gathering, communications and/or representation.
- Experience: At least 3 years’ experience in a communications role, including working in a busy press office, communications department or as a journalist.
- Media: Sharp news sense and editorial judgement; ability to conceive, craft and pitch news stories and carry out fast reactive work. Knowledge of and experience of working with the mainstream media, including knowledge of the editorial positions, audiences, and sections or programmes of key outlets. In addition, ideally, knowledge of international business media or media in some specific countries or regions.
- Relationship building: Track record of developing relationships with journalists on key issues. Any existing contacts of relevance to BHRRC’s work a bonus.
- Communications: Excellent understanding of how strategic communications can work with research and advocacy approaches to achieve change. Proven ability to communicate complex and sensitive information; understanding of how to tailor content to different audiences, contexts and channels. Outstanding written English and good oral communications ability.
- Social media: knowledge of and experience using the key social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Ability to target content and monitor reach and impact, ideally including via paid promotion.
- Production: Experience producing and/or commissioning content, including blogs, videos and infographics. Basic web and CMS skills. Graphic design and/or video editing skills desirable.
- Project Management: Track record of leading and/or implementing complex projects including planning, execution, and evaluation of lessons learned.
- Strategic Thinking: Track record of helping to develop successful communications strategies to effect change. Experience tailoring communications products for diverse international audiences an asset.
- Supporting staff: Enthusiasm for supporting colleagues with communications. Experience supporting staff either through training, coaching or assisting with particular projects an asset.
- Team player: Experience of, and commitment to, working in high-performing teams that are highly collaborative and focused on outcomes. Experience of working with colleagues remotely, and in multicultural and diverse cultures and working environments also desirable.
- Knowledge of human rights issues: A strong interest in international issues and familiarity with social justice issues desirable.
- Languages: Must be fluent in English. Additionally, French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, or Russian language skills would also be an asset.