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Media Coordinator Wanted for GJEP, Biofuelwatch, and Campaign to Stop GE Trees

The Media Coordinator has the primary responsibility of developing and implementing media relations, external communications, and new media campaigns for GJEP, Biofuelwatch and the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees (CSGET).

  • Plan, update and maintain the organizations’ mainstream and social media presence
  • Draft, distribute, and pitch news releases, media alerts, and other stories
  • Assist with the creation and distribution of press releases
  • Engage in proactive outreach such as pitching, researching, handling incoming requests, and monitoring daily news coverage
  • Create press kits and packets as needed
  • Manage the organizations’ press lists
  • Assist in planning, writing, managing and designing e-blasts and e-newsletters
  • Design flyers, graphics, and other marketing material as needed
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
  • Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (communications, journalism preferred. Public relations also acceptable)
  • Advanced degree in a related field is an added advantage
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred
  • Strong interest in and commitment to environment and social justice
  • Spanish language skills highly desirable
Skills & Qualifications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Effective project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to see the big picture and think strategically
  • Ability to operate under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to write and create collaboratively
  • Self-motivated, confident, flexible, and energetic
  • Familiarity with different types of media outlets
  • Solid online research skills
  • Facility in Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, WordPress website management, Adobe Creative Suite, Google apps, social media platforms, and media tracking services
  • Visual skills, such as photography and graphic design, are desirable
  • Ability to self-train as needed on any unfamiliar online and design programs or media projects, and to consistently research best practices
Reporting Relationship

The Media Coordinator reports directly to the coordinators of the CSGET and Biofuelwatch, and also works with the Assistant Director of Global Justice Ecology Project.

Compensation and Benefits

Position starts at 30 hours at $16/hour, negotiable depending on level of experience. The position will go to full time as soon as funds become available–probably after 3 month review period. Full-time position includes full health, dental and vision benefits and two weeks paid vacation, in addition to a week off between Christmas and New Year’s.

To apply

Contact, via email only, Assistant Director Sara Sullivan sara@gjep2020.local with cover letter, resume or CV, three references, and a one-page writing sample.

Deadline to apply

5 January 2015 with a start date of 1 February 2015. Position will be based in Buffalo, NY.

About Global Justice Ecology Project

Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

GJEP envisions a world in which all societies are justly and equitably governed with full participation by an engaged and informed populace living in harmony with the natural world and one another.

We accomplish our mission by (1) prioritizing campaigns that are key leverage points for advancing systemic change, and (2) linking struggles and strengthening diverse movements with strategic action, information, and analysis.

About the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees

The mission of the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees is to protect forests and biodiversity and to provide support to communities threatened by the dangerous environmental release of genetically engineered trees.

The Campaign is a global alliance of national, international, regional, and local organizations, the goal of which is a global ban on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment. The Campaign is coordinated by Global Justice Ecology Project and operates out of the GJEP office in Buffalo, NY.

About Biofuelwatch

Biofuelwatch works to raise awareness of the negative impacts of industrial biofuels and bioenergy on biodiversity, human rights, food sovereignty and climate change. Based in UK and US, we work with national and international partners to expose and oppose the social and environmental damages resulting from bioenergy-driven increased demand for industrial agriculture and forestry monocultures.