Outreach & Media Officer | English

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  • Contact:

    Sara Bonds

  • Job ref:

    JN -052021-26079

  • Published:

    14 days ago

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Do you have at least 2-3 years of experience in in public relations and communications with a specialized interest and expertise in media and policy relations? Are you looking for freedom in your role as well as the ability to work with a very international scope dealing with 60+ different countries? Are you interested in a non-profit organization culture that works for a greater mission? Are you currently based in the Netherlands with a valid work permit?

Then look no further!

Reporting to the Communications Officer, the Media and Outreach Officer will be responsible for media relations, with a focus on policy makers. This is a great opportunity for a motivated individual to shape the public outreach strategy of a large, international organization.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Increase the profile among journalists, media, public and policy makers by proactively pitching stories and working with research colleagues to write op-eds and guest articles in external publications
  • Train and support spokespeople to represent at public events and in the media
  • Plan, prepare and coordinate media events such as press launches of study reports
  • Compile media lists and develop and report back on media relations and coverage of work
  • Develop and maintain an active network of relevant media contacts, ideally building on existing relationships carried over from previous roles
  • Support the Communications Officer with managing and expanding social media channels
  • Create content, manage, and update public-facing pages on the website
  • Support colleagues with organizing and managing events (e.g. annual research conference)
  • Keep up to date with the main issues and debates in education policy and pro-actively identify opportunities for contributions
  • Identify opportunities for briefings and dialogue between government officials and the organization's officials
  • Prepare communications materials (written and multimedia) to support the recruitment and retention of participants for studies

Job Requirements:

  • Arund 2-3 years in a professional media relations or public outreach role on behalf of an organization, preferably in an international setting
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills; a confident public speaker; skilled in adapting key messages to suit different audiences; skilled in communicating research to a policy audience
  • Excellent digital and online communication skills, previous professional experience with social media and website management is preferred
  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, communications/media relations, international relations, or other relevant discipline
  • Great net-worker – able to develop and expand relevant journalist and media contacts; ability to build and maintain strong relationships among internal and external stakeholders.
  • Comfortable working with lots of data and being able to create data insights
  • A natural storyteller - adept at identifying and crafting stories which interest the target audiences and attracts media attention
  • Initiative, attention to detail and cultural sensitivity for working within an international context
  • Ability to manage a busy workload with tight deadlines
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to initiate ideas and follow them through to completion
  • Must be currently based in the Netherlands with a valid work permit (our client is unable to sponsor candidates without a valid work permit for the Netherlands) 


  • Direct contract for 1 year (with the possibility of extension)
  • Competitive salary
  • High level Pension contribution
  • 100% reimbursement of travel costs
  • 37.5 hour work weeks
  • 8% holiday pay + extra holiday bonus (depending on company performance)
  • 25 days of holiday
  • End of year bonus (linked to company and team performance)
  • Fiets plan
  • Growth opportunity
  • International work environment

Interested? Looking forward to receiving your application!