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Media Relations Manager (m-f-d)

  • Organization: FSC - Forest Stewardship Council
  • Location:
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
    • Marketing (Digital, Advertisement, Brand, Promotion)
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Scope
We are looking for a Media Relations Manager who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.

We are seeking a motivated media and press-savvy manager to support the media engagement team in the communication department effective immediately. The team functions as FSC’s primary point of contact for journalists and media outlets around the world, leading several projects and performing a range of media-related activities to global print, online and broadcast media. 
Operating on the front lines of media relations, the team is entrusted with safeguarding and building the reputation of one of the world’s leading environmental NGOs. Proactive media engagement in positioning FSC externally and ensuring the global narrative of the organization is a priority for FSC.
Main Roles & Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Programme Manager, Media Relations & Engagement (part of the communication team in the Engagement unit), the manager will:
  • Build and maintain relationship with key global media leaders and organizations in order to enhance the media coverage of FSC.
  • Develop and implementing media plans for key stakeholder engagement and management. 
  • Coordinate issues and crisis communication engagement
  • Lead and support the development and implementation of proactive media projects as per the annually developed media plans and strategies.
  • Develop and implement plans to position FSC as a thought leader in the area of forest management, certification, commercialization of forest products among other topics.
  • Coordinate the media engagement efforts for global fora such as CBD COP, UNFCCC COP.
  • Support in establishing and overseeing partnerships with the media organizations for long-term collaboration. 
  • Support FSC’s network, regional offices, and country offices in managing issues and media crises. 
  • Additional tasks as agreed with the Programme Manager.
Your profile
Education and Training:
  • Bachelor’s University degree in Print media, Broadcast journalism, public and media relations, mass communication, or a similar field. Master’s degree preferred.
Working Experience and Skills:
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the media or journalism space; or relevant communication field in a multinational organisation
  • Excellent English writing skills and the ability to shape messages for different audiences.
  • The ability to engage with journalists and media representatives to maintain positive interpersonal relations.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to perform well in a dynamic work pace.
  • Excellent organizational skills – proven detail orientation with project management and meeting deadlines
  • Natural and highly effective collaborator with ability to drive results through teamwork and establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations.
  • Deep commitment to responsible forestry and/or broad sustainability in alignment with FSC’s mission.
  • Project management skills.
Communication & Languages: 
  • Fluency in English (excellent spoken and written). 
  • Proficiency in another language a plus; particularly Spanish and French is an advantage.
Computer Skills: 
  • Competence with Microsoft Office suite (advanced PowerPoint skills).
  • Familiarity with media monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (X/Twitter and LinkedIn).
Why us?
  • Be part of a globally recognized organization at the forefront of sustainable forestry and contribute to the mission to help protect the world’s forests. 
  • Play an active role in the FSC global community of 400+ forest stewards who come together in-person at least once a year. 
  • Benefit from cross-cultural collaboration and networking opportunities by working in a dynamic, inclusive, and diverse international culture with over 60 nationalities represented under one roof.
  • Enjoy comprehensive benefits, including relocation assistance if needed, and investment in training and development opportunities (e.g., LinkedIn Learning, Learning Lunches and more) to advance your career.
  • Explore the vibrant federal city of Bonn, home to Beethoven, Haribo, and the beautiful Rhein River promenade including many urban parks and close access to nature. As Germany's UN City and second capital, Bonn is an international city with a rich cultural heritage, recently celebrating its 2000th anniversary. Learn more about the city or take a virtual stroll. 
  • Embrace work-life balance: beyond Bonn's borders, unlock Europe's wonders with 30 working days of vacation at your disposal. Whether it's skiing in the Swiss Alps or basking in the sun on Mediterranean shores, your European adventures await.
Ready to make a difference? Join FSC and help shape a sustainable future. Apply now with your resume and cover letter, showcasing your achievements and how you can contribute to FSC's mission.
The Fine Print
  • Location: Bonn, Germany 
  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week
  • Duration of Employment: Initial 2-year contract with the intend to convert to open ended. 
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible
  • Travel: Occasional travel is required.
How to Apply 
Ready to make a difference? Join FSC and help shape a sustainable future. Don't delay - apply now!
  • Please apply via the link on our website
  • Submit your CV in English
  • Please do not include any photos of yourself.
  • The deadline for applications is 28 June 2024. 
For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability.   
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We are looking forward to your application!
About us
Welcome to FSC!  
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a globally recognized non-profit organization at the forefront of promoting sustainable forestry. With over 150 million hectares of certified forests and a trusted reputation among NGOs, consumers, and businesses, FSC is leading the way in ensuring the long-term health and resilience of the world’s forests.      
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