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Media Officer

Media Officer
Organization: Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL)
Location: Remote
Date Posted: 11/09/2023

Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL)

Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) is a US-based, global public health organization with a mission to prevent 100 million deaths from heart disease and to make the world safer from epidemics. We are led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since 2017, Resolve to Save Lives has partnered with low- and middle-income country governments, multi-lateral agencies, academic and other civil society partners, and communities to build capacity for and support implementation of enabling policies and effective programs to treat and control hypertension, reduce sodium intake, eliminate artificial trans fat, and strengthen systems for epidemic prevention. To find out more about our work, visit: Resolve to Save Lives and Prevent Epidemics.

We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make our work and workforce more inclusive. We encourage applications from and provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Resolve to Save Lives complies with all applicable US EEO laws.

Position Summary:

Resolve to Save Lives seeks qualified candidates for the position of Media Officer to support our work creating effective and compelling public health communications. Reporting to the Senior Advisor, External Affairs and Media Relations, the Media Officer is responsible for managing, developing, and executing media plans that highlight the work of our Cardiovascular Health and Prevent Epidemics teams, while supporting RTSL in a variety of activities that improve our work and impact.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter and team player who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced and collaborative environment. You’re a creative thinker with significant media relations experience and you have a track record of supporting strategic communications efforts that aid launching reports, projects, or initiatives. You are a superb writer and have experience cultivating relationships with reporters, pitching stories and evaluating communications opportunities. Importantly, you’re interested in learning more about a wide range of communications and passionate about our mission.

This full-time position is remote. The incumbent will be expected to convene periodically for in-person team meetings and to work during East Coast core working hours. The salary range for this role in the US is $70,000 to $83,000.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with our program teams to best execute RTSL communication strategies, develop fresh story ideas and media strategies, and evaluate their impact
  • Write and support development of various content, including press releases, op-eds, talking points, speeches, social media posts, and other material that highlights Resolve to Save Lives’ programmatic work
  • Develop, support with management and execution of strategic communications activities for senior leaders and spokespeople through earned media and thought leadership strategies via various mediums and efforts
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and project manager for external media agencies and other outsourced media support and services
  • Respond to media inquiries, arrange interviews, and act as a media liaison for the organization
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with journalists, social media influencers and support in maintaining the media & influencer database
  • Develop, support and evaluate opportunities to enhance the reputation of the brand, and coordinate publicity events as required
  • Lead development of coverage reports, and support tracking media mentions
  • Support development and execution of social media content for individual programs (in partnership with Social Media Officer)
  • Assist with digital content strategy through development of editorial calendar and social listening and support by remixing content into threads or social posts
  • Collaborate with other departments to manage reputation, identify key players and coordinate actions
  • Closely monitor news and social media to identify emerging topics, trends, and conversations related to our work
  • Support development of planning and implementing paid media campaigns on social and other opportunities to promote the organization’s work

Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in a related field


  • At least 5 years’ experience in public relations or related communications field

Skills & Abilities:

  • Solid theoretical and practical understanding and experience with media relations, strategic communications as well as social media
  • Outstanding project management
  • Outstanding writing skills with sample blogs, op-eds, and/or short essays available for review
  • Ability to work independently and with others, building and maintaining relationships across a variety of functions and locations
  • Excellent communicator, with the ability to build strong networks both internally and externally to accomplish goals
  • Self-motivated
  • Meticulously organized and detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional computer skills with competency in Microsoft Office programs, Canva, and media monitoring applications (Cision, Meltwater or Critical Mention)
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Resolve to Save Lives and the communities we serve
  • Able to work independently with a high degree of initiative, organization and attention to details
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in scientific writing or journalism
  • Familiarity with global health issues
  • Proficiency in HTML and CSS (or willingness to learn)
  • French and/or Spanish fluency is a plus
  • Familiarity with MailChimp or similar email marketing tool

In addition to a competitive salary, Resolve to Save Lives offers excellent benefits. In the US, this includes health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, the support of an Employee Assistance Program, a 403(b) retirement plan, a professional development fund, generous vacation, personal health leave, parental/adoption leave, and much more.

We are grateful for your interest in our work and for your application. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications typically received, we can only reply to shortlisted candidates.

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