Media Relations Manager

01 Feb, 2023


Media Relations Manager

Washington, D.C.

Media Relations Manager, Development and Communications

Location: Remote-US

Project HOPE is an international NGO of more than 900 engaged employees and hundreds of volunteers who work in more than 25 countries, responding to the world’s most pressing global health challenges. Throughout our 60-year legacy, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients and provided more than $3 billion worth of medicines to local health care organizations around the world. We have helped build hundreds of health programs from the ground up and responded to humanitarian crises worldwide.


Code of Conduct 

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to treat each other with respect, take affirmative steps to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse and Trafficking in Persons, and to disclose all potential and actual violations of our Code of Conduct, which may include Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption, Discrimination or Harassment.  Together we can reinforce a culture of respect, integrity, accountability, and transparency. 



The Media Relations Manager will work closely across the organization to create opportunities to raise brand awareness and mission engagement by building strategic opportunities and relationships amongst thought leaders, policymakers and journalists to tell our story. She/he will work to identify stories and opportunities to garner earned media to increase engagement among media, partner, and public audiences. This role will be responsible for monitoring policy around global health and humanitarian crises and creating associated communications for the organization. Must have a strong passion for global health, international humanitarian work with an understanding of advocacy and policy around the sectors. This position will be asked to deploy both domestically and internationally during emergency response.




·        Relationship building – builds relationships across organization to identify opportunities to garner earned media surrounding our programs around the world.

·        Earned Media – identify and develop end to end media campaigns as it relates to new developments, global health programs and emergency response for the organization.

·        Project Management – manages full scope of media campaigns including working with media agency, journalists, internal spokespeople, traffic management and content marketing teams.

·        Writing & Editing – this person will have a natural tendency to find the story, experienced at writing and editing the storylines and experienced in editing / writing blogs, op eds, press releases and senior leadership memos.

·        List Building & Networking – a primary role for this person will be to reach out to journalists, foster relationships and partner on management of media list and contacts.

·        Story Pitching – Strong experience and success in pitching stories to journalists and garnering media coverage. You know how to re-write the storyline based on journalist angles, have a gut instinct in seeking out stories and who to pitch to and comfortable making calls to pitch out news.

·        SocialMediaSupport– Collaborates with the media team and Social Media Manager to provide social media support toward earned media initiatives. Manages intersection of media outlets and journalists and social media by leveraging social media for media relationship  cultivation.

·        Other duties as assigned.



·        Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or related field

·        Five+ years’ experience in communications, media, or public relations

·        Must have experience in international affairs with preference in NGO, global health exposure

·        Ability to work well under pressure, and to respond flexibly and resourcefully to workload fluctuations, demonstrating initiative and problem-solving skills

·        Cultivates positive relationships with various stakeholders, including internal collaborations  and outwardly with media, technical experts, and strategic partners

·        Solution-oriented and goal-driven

·        Exceptional written and verbal communications skills

·        Demonstrated experience in planning and organization; able to handle multiple tasks or projects of high priority in a professional and efficient manner.

·        Demonstrated motivational skills, professional maturity, and the ability to maintain confidentiality   of information.



The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical demands:  

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment. 
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form and must be able to travel internationally. 
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”


Work environment:  

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level. 
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation. 
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently. 
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Project HOPE offers comprehensive benefits as part of the total compensation package including health, dental, vision and life insurance, 403(b), paid leave, and much more. For more information about our benefits please visit our benefits page.

Due to the substantial number of inquiries, we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be considered. No phone calls please. 

However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. 


Thank you very much for your interest in Project HOPE.

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Job posted: 2023-02-01