Senior Media Relations Manager

11 Nov, 2020


Senior Media Relations Manager

Clooney Foundation for Justice

Job Summary
The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ), an international non-governmental organization (NGO)
that advocates for justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world, seeks a
Senior Media Relations Manager. A seasoned communications professional will be a critical addition
to our dynamic team during this exciting time of organizational growth. The ideal candidate will have
outstanding written and oral communication skills and be creative, self-motivated, flexible, and
strategic. They will support the development of our media relations strategy and lead key aspects of
our external communications. They will have a deep understanding of the global earned media
market, significant experience working with journalists and other members of the media, and a track
record of delivering measurable results. They will be expected to drive innovative and engaging
external content, including for impactful advocacy campaigns. They also will be capable of enhancing
the organization’s image; expanding awareness of CFJ’s work and that of its initiatives, TrialWatch
and The Docket; and coordinating with the communications team at The Sentry, a CFJ strategic
TrialWatch is a CFJ initiative that monitors criminal trials and advocates for victims of injustice
around the world. TrialWatch focuses on judicial proceedings against those who are most vulnerable:
journalists, women, the LGBTQ community, minorities, and human rights defenders. TrialWatch
recruits monitors who complete our UN-approved online training program and uses a customized app
developed with Microsoft to record their observations. Using this data, a legal expert grades the trial
and writes a “Fairness Report” examining the extent to which the trial complied with international
legal standards. When an injustice occurs, we conduct or fund legal advocacy in domestic, regional,
or international forums. Once we have gathered enough data, we will create a Global Justice Ranking
that we will use to press for systemic reform.
The Docket pursues accountability for individual and corporate perpetrators and enablers of
genocide, crimes against humanity, and other international crimes and supports survivors in their
efforts to obtain justice. In collaboration with diverse partners, this initiative combines multidisciplinary investigations, legal action, and advocacy to bring the perpetrators to justice, obtain
redress for survivors, and achieve long-lasting systemic change.

Reporting to the Managing Director and working in close coordination with the Senior Management
Team (SMT) and the Co-Presidents:
• Design and execute CFJ’s external communications strategy to raise the visibility of the
organization’s work, help shape public discourse around its core issues, and amplify its
advocacy efforts
• Drive the creation and promotion of relevant, original, and high-quality external mixed-media
content, in the form of press releases, reports, and a variety of other outputs
• Spearhead high-profile media briefs, events (e.g., seminars and conferences), and campaigns
• Draft talking points and speeches for SMT members and the Co-Presidents in preparation for
interviews, seminars, panel discussions, and presentations
• Build and develop trusted relationships with well-placed reporters, editors, news producers,
guest bookers, influencers, and thought leaders, and with international, regional, and local
media outlets
• Supervise CFJ’s Digital Communications Specialist, who is principally responsible for social
media management, web management, and digital campaigns
• Keep a pulse on news cycles and trends to ensure CFJ’s perspective is sought after in targeted
media markets
• Draft and disseminate press releases and targeted pitches to drive media coverage
• Respond to inquiries from the media
• Establish and manage rapid response protocols to respond to time-sensitive issues and news
• Establish performance metrics, monitor media coverage, assess effectiveness and growth of
media engagement, and prepare related media reports
• Oversee and liaise with external communications consultants and translators as necessary
• Provide support to the fundraising team in designing material for use in implementing CFJ’s
resource mobilization strategy
• Coordinate with the communications team at The Sentry, a strategic partner of CFJ
• Develop external communications-related guidelines for use by CFJ personnel
• Manage pre-publication libel review in close coordination with the program teams
• Ensure communications content is publication-ready and meets prescribed deadlines
• Perform other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
• 10+ years of communications experience in journalism or public relations
• Passion for and proficiency in uncovering, crafting, and presenting compelling stories
• Track record of generating impactful press coverage
• Existing network of media relationships
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English
• Understanding of social media and digital platforms
• Good interpersonal and diplomatic skills and ability to work as part of a diverse, agile team
• Aptitude to work in a fast-paced environment, to multi-task, and to operate across multiple
time zones
• Ability to use discerning judgment while being proactive and responsive
• Capacity to keep calm and work in a fast-paced environment
• Outstanding strategic development and management skills
• High level of personal energy, dependability, and commitment
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
• Keen attention to detail
• Commitment to CFJ’s mission and goals
Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor and/or advanced degree in communications, public relations, or journalism
• Previous experience or interest in international human rights or justice-related or legal
• Previous experience working in a not-for-profit environment
• Foreign language fluency
Commensurate with experience and competitive with other not-for-profit organizations
Start Date
As soon as possible
To Apply
Submit a CV, a cover letter, 2-3 media-related writing samples (e.g., press releases) each five pages
or less, and a list of 3 or more references to no later than December 15, 2020
CFJ is committed to diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We actively
seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We do not
discriminate on the basis of race, religious beliefs, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual
orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Job posted: 2020-11-11