Senior Specialist, Media Relations

16 Jan, 2023


Senior Specialist, Media Relations

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking a talented and strategic Senior Specialist, Media Relations to join our awesome team! The media relations senior specialist helps execute Habitat for Humanity’s media strategies and tactics with a primary focus on earned national media that will amplify the organization’s global brand, advocacy efforts, and thought leadership position. They are responsible for identifying, pursuing and coordinating Habitat’s response to media opportunities that will establish the organization as a prominent thought leader on affordable housing, strengthen the integration of advocacy and innovation into Habitat’s media profile, and raise Habitat’s visibility and influence.

The media relations senior specialist is responsible for media outreach and engagement that will generate high-quality, prominent news coverage about Habitat’s programs, campaigns and initiatives; coordinating media requests and preparing interview materials; drafting media materials such as press releases, media alerts, contributed articles, messaging and talking points; providing media counsel to Habitat affiliates as necessary and requested; and monitoring Habitat’s media coverage and providing recommendations and analysis based on the coverage.


  • Identify proactive media opportunities and conduct media outreach to generate high-quality, prominent media coverage that will advance Habitat’s mission
  • Draft media materials such as press releases, media advisories, messaging talking points and other content
  • Manage and coordinate media responses; draft interview prep materials and talking points; provide senior leadership with media training as needed
  • Provide media relations counsel to Habitat affiliates as necessary or requested; develop guidance and other materials as needed
  • Support media relations for major Habitat for Humanity initiatives and campaigns
  • Provide media training and consulting to senior leadership, subject matter experts, and affiliate leadership as needed and requested
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, public relations, communications or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • At least 5 years of directly related professional experience
  • Outstanding written communication skills, with mastery of AP Style
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively within a team and cross-departmentally
  • Strong understanding of U.S. media and competency engaging media professionals, with proven track record of placements in top news media
  • Proven experience providing effective media relations counsel in crisis situations
  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Ability to apply emotional intelligence to communicate effectively, empathize, and identify solutions
  • Willingness to engage in crucial conversations to create mutual purpose
  • Personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to know when help is needed, and to ask for it.
  • Active support of HFHI Values:
    • Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
    • Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
    • Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission
  • Safeguarding: HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.


  • Experience working in nonprofit communications and/or with a public relations agency


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Job posted: 2023-01-16