The Syria Campaign is seeking a Media Manager (part-time)

The Syria Campaign is recruiting a MEDIA MANAGER to join its small and creative team. We are looking for someone who thinks ambitiously, is a strong writer and natural storyteller who is deeply committed to working with Syria’s activists to shine a light on the human rights abuses that continue to take place on a daily basis.

This is a part-time position for three days a week with a commitment of one year and the possibility of extension and a potential permanent position beyond then. The position reports to the Communications Director and can be done remotely, within European and Middle Eastern time zones preferred.

Application Deadline: 25 July 2022

About Us

The Syria Campaign is a small, fast-moving and powerful human rights organisation that has impact through stories, news and campaigns. We work to support Syria’s human rights activists in the struggle for freedom, justice and democracy, partnering with civil society groups inside and outside the country.

Eleven years since the Syrian people took to the streets to demand freedom and democracy, there are still millions of civilians at risk of military attacks, hundreds of thousands of people remain illegally detained and disappeared, and there has been no accountability for the victims and survivors. The Syria Campaign works to keep Syria in the international spotlight to increase the cost of attacks on civilians, help build the power of civil society, advocate for a vision of real peace and justice and build international solidarity with the Syrian people.

We’ve raised the profile of Syrian groups such as the White Helmets rescue workers, helping secure them millions of dollars to continue their life-saving work and making them famous around the world. We’ve supported the Families for Freedom, a women-led movement of the families of the disappeared in Syria, to ensure their demands are heard. We work with dozens of partners across Syria who trust us deeply. Syria is full of heroes and we’re privileged enough to work with them.

We have to fight hard to make sure the issues that matter to us and our partners get the focus and support they need. We refuse to let Syria disappear from the attention of the world, and we will work until we see justice served. The media manager will play a key role in helping The Syria Campaign tell stories that stop the heart and move the mind.

We want an ambitious, creative storyteller to join our small Syrian and international team.

What you’ll be responsible for

Obsessively searching for stories generating ideas and looking for new ways to engage the media. Working with our partners to identify human interest stories and explore creative ways to tell them across traditional media and digital, as well as pitching to mainstream and digital media to secure coverage.

Support TSC media plans around campaigns, partners activity or specific events, which includes drafting press releases, opinion pieces and feature stories to be published in international media.

Building relationships with traditional and digital international media and connecting them with human rights activists and civilians in Syria to get their voices heard.

Developing ideas for creative communications tactics and digital campaigns that see our followers and engagement soar.

Training and supporting partners and civil society spokespeople to engage with  digital, broadcast and print media channels.

Qualifications

We’re looking for an all-star member of the team, someone with creative flair and a nose for news.

A successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A proven track record delivering digital or media campaigns that have impact
  • A proven track record of securing and generating media coverage across a wide range of channels including traditional and digital and broadcast media outlets
  • A strong network of international media contacts across news and features in traditional and digital media – contacts with regional media (MENA) is a plus
  • A strong news sense and ability to tell a story visually
  • A strong writer with experience of drafting press releases, blogs op-eds and formulating powerful key messages
  • Experience pitching news and feature stories to editors and collaborating with media to tell stories
  • Experience using content management systems,
  • Experience creating creative content for social media
  • Strong written English across a variety of formats [social, news, features]
  • Experience developing video scripts
  • Commitment to a free and democratic future for Syria and human rights
  • Proven ability to work on a remote and global team
  • Ability to speak Arabic desirable

The Deal

The Syria Campaign is committed to making sure everyone on the team is happy, productive and motivated. Here’s how we do that:

Salary is competitive and in line with international organisations.

The job is remote and can be done anywhere in European or Middle Eastern time zones. We have team members in New York, Berlin, the UK, Turkey, and Morocco and provide you with a space in a co-working office wherever you are based. We have full staff retreats every year to keep us connected.

We provide budget, time and support for your professional development.

We give 25 days of leave a year, public holidays and discretionary break over the end of year holidays. We offer family friendly parental leave policies.

We are an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, nationality or citizenship, gender expression or identity, religion, economic background, disability, or sexual orientation.

To apply for this role, please send a CV to [email protected] with a cover letter describing why you’re the ideal candidate. Please put ‘Media Manager’ in the email subject line.