REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
We are looking for an experienced Regional Communications Officer who will lead the development and implementation of integrated communications strategies, and ensure high quality media and social media outreach in pursuit of GAIA’s programs and organizational objectives in Asia and the Pacific.
The communications officer is responsible for: developing specific program and organizational communications strategies and plans; managing media relations and media activities; managing social media content and engagement; writing, editing, and disseminating effective communications materials; managing agreed communications messaging for key audiences, including GAIA’s member network; and ensuring all communications materials are consistent with internal brand guidelines.
She/he/they will work primarily with GAIA’s Asia Pacific team and will be part of GAIA’s global communications team. The communications officer will also be part of GAIA’s international coordination team, which includes people based in Chile, the Philippines, India, South Africa, US, UK and Belgium.
All staff members globally, regardless of position, are expected to carry certain responsibilities to maintain our network infrastructure and online platforms.
- Communications Strategies
- Lead the development and implementation of, and drive, integrated communications strategies and communications plans, in close coordination with project teams and in collaboration with GAIA network’s communications focal points.
- Provide communications counsel and direction to program and campaign plans. Proactively identify opportunities within program and/or campaign plans for producing strategic, effective and high-impact content.
- Ensure coordination within the program unit, and within the organization and network as a whole, throughout the implementation of communications strategies.
- Manage agreed communications messaging for key campaign and organizational audiences.
- Media Relations
- Proactively provide media-related counsel and direction to program and/or campaign teams to ensure high quality media outreach that is aligned with agreed communications strategies, internal brand guidelines, and network agreements.
- Coordinate and organize GAIA’s traditional media-focused activities. Plan both proactive and reactive media relations, including media events and responses to media inquiries as required. Provide necessary logistical media and/or communications work around events and activities.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with print, broadcast and online journalists, editors and other news decision-makers via media visits, informal briefings, media forums, information provision, etc. in order to encourage them to view GAIA and its network partners as credible providers of environmental news and commentary.
- Develop, maintain and continuously update a database of media contacts in print, radio, TV, web news, and other media outlets, both at the national and regional levels, in coordination with network communications focal points.
- Media Monitoring and Analysis
- Perform regular media monitoring and analysis and advise program and campaign teams on relevant news items. Provide these teams with media-related analysis significant to program and campaign goals and strategies.
- Generate quarterly and yearly media reports and analysis.
- Communications materials
- In close coordination with project and campaign teams, and in alignment with agreed communications strategies conceptualize, write, edit and distribute effective communications materials such as (but not limited to) press releases, external and internal QAs, talking points, briefing papers, brochures, reports, feature stories, photos and videos, social media content and other campaign and organizational materials.
- Coordinate lay-out, printing and publication of various campaign materials into high quality creative and user-friendly products that are aligned with agreed communications strategies and internal brand guidelines.
- Maintain the organization’s communications resource center for Asia and the Pacific, including the archiving of all visual, print and other communications materials.
- Consultants, freelancers and suppliers
- Manage communications consultants, such as social media specialists; manage freelancers such as editors, writers, designers, photographers and videographers; and coordinate with suppliers such as printing companies, etc.
- Training and Development
- Organize and conduct media and communications training for GAIA and its member network staff. Develop the communications capacity in GAIA, including resourcing, training, and network building. Build staff skills in writing, editing, messaging, and conceptualizing communications materials. Keep staff abreast of communications and internal brand guidelines.
- Budget and monitor expenditures related to the function of the Communications Officer.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- At least three (3) years of experience in developing and implementing communication strategies, and in media relations work in Asia‐Pacific;
- A strong understanding and knowledge of Asia Pacific regional media, as well as key global media markets;
- Collaborative team‐player with strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in the region;
- Demonstrated capacity for issue analysis, and strong writing and public speaking skills including advanced skills in communicating complex issues to the public;
- Highly computer literate, and experienced with new media technologies and social networking tools;
- Fluent in English (ability to speak or write in other regional languages a plus);
- Demonstrated ability to turn projects around in a timely manner, maintain attention to detail, and adhere to deadlines;
- Passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to communications strategies which elevate the work of our grassroots membership and create space for communities to speak for themselves; and
- Willingness to travel internationally with some frequency, and flexibility in working with international staff, including biweekly calls outside of regular work hours.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS BUT NOT REQUIRED
- Experience with grassroots organizing or networking strongly preferred.
- Website content management experience preferred.
- Skills in video editing, photography and similar.
LOCATION, COMPENSATION AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position will be based in Quezon City, Philippines.
We offer a competitive salary, leaves, health insurance and other similar employment protections. We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.
We are seeking candidates who are excited to make an initial commitment of at least one year to this work. This post may be renewable yearly.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
GAIA is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, physical ability, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send your resume, letter of intent with salary requirement, 3 references and 3 different writing samples and/or communication products demonstrating different communications skill sets to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your application on or before February 28, 2019. Applications will be processed as they arrive. No calls, please.