Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Director of Editorial and Media Relations to join the Communications Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Director of Editorial and Media Relations is responsible for leading Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's editorial and media relations efforts geared towards increasing public awareness and engagement with the WHOI brand, raising broad awareness of the importance of the ocean and ocean research, and supporting Institutional and departmental initiatives as directed. Managing an editorial team of direct reports and contractors, the Director of Editorial and Media Relations creates editorial materials and products that engage and educate target audiences about the importance of the ocean to life on Earth; convey the breadth and depth of research conducted at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and its value to society; and help WHOI scientific staff and administration advance their goals and objectives. The Director also leads the Institution's media relations strategy and operations to increase WHOI's presence and enhance positive perception of the WHOI brand and reputation through the media.
In collaboration with the Chief Communications Officer and other senior communicators, set the editorial direction and strategy for the Institution based on leadership's institutional vision and priorities.
Oversee near- and long-term editorial planning in accordance with prioritized quarterly editorial themes.
Manage relationships with a diverse team of editors, writers, producers, photographers, graphic designers, and other creatives, both in house and freelance, to produce high-quality, compelling, and channel-appropriate editorial.
Serve as the editor of Oceanus magazine (print and digital), the Annual Report, and other print collateral including establishing editorial tone, direction, and standards.
Write features, news, and other stories using keen news sense and storytelling abilities to increase and enhance readership/viewership/listenership of the institution's content internally and externally.
Work with staff to establish new strategies and processes for leveraging existing editorial content to improve throughput and team efficiency.
Establish processes for mining new stories that relate to prioritized institutional story themes.
Collaborate with WHOI Creative Services and staff writers to define the design direction of Oceanus and other publications.
Assist in the development of topical reports aimed at generating web traffic and leads.
Work with writers and web team to ensure editorial content is optimized (both on page and off page) for findability on major search engines.
Lead, direct, and oversee the Institution's media relations strategy including planning, pitching, and story development.
Actively build relationships with reporters and editors in local, regional, and national media.
Manage a team of internal and external media relations resources.
Develop and implement strategies for increasing the reach and impact of WHOI news releases, bylined stories, op-eds, interactives, and other materials issued to the press.
Establish new processes for evaluating incoming press release requests from scientific staff.
Manage relationships with outside PR agencies and strategists to help define and implement long-term PR strategies that support the institution's goals, and secure national, regional, and local press coverage.
As deemed necessary by supervisor
May be expected to assist other Advancement and Communications efforts as Institutional priorities mandate.
Willingness to work nights and weekends to staff public engagement efforts or to respond to an Institutional crisis or media event.
REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Related college degree with 8-10 years with increasingly responsible, directly related experience or combined equivalent education/experience.
Must have demonstrated results in some of the following areas: Ability to manage and lead a team of communications experts; exceptional editorial, written and verbal communication skills; broad knowledge of the local, regional, and national media landscape and an established network of contacts in print and broadcast media; ability to think strategically and deliver against organizational objectives-a "working" manager who is willing to do a wide-range of tasks but also can think big picture; knowledge of emerging public engagement tools; detail-oriented, proven ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; proven ability to work collaboratively across Communications, Development, and Marketing teams and other functions to best represent the organization; strong work ethic, highly responsive and dedicated to results; excellent research skills and resourceful approach; experienced in managing budgets; self-motivated with the ability to work independently and take ownership of special projects.
Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills essential, along with demonstrated leadership, teamwork and personal initiative. Strong analytic, technical, and computer skills required along with a strong attention to detail. Excellent written and verbal communication and decision-making skills. Ability to work effectively in a collegial manner across all levels of the Institution, maintaining a professional demeanor. Ability to effectively manage deadlines and multiple priorities. Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment, show initiative, problem-solve, and direct activities. Strong work ethic and willingness to work flexible hours to meet deadlines.
Prior supervisory experience highly desired. Passion for the ocean, the field of science and technology, and/or experience working at a not-for-profit organization a plus.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently and carry 0-10 lbs. Visual abilities to include near. Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, and repetitive motion. Other occupational requirements include working around others, with others, and independently. Physical duties are subject to change.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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Internal Number: 3202670
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.
Please visit https://careers.whoi.edu for a listing of all of our openings and apply today!