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Reference: 88523

Date Added: 19 April 2023
Closing Date: 31 May 2023

Job Title: Media Relations Manager

Working For: RUSI

Location: London

Salary: £37,000-£42,000 per annum pro rata based on skills and experience

Length of Contract: Permanent - Full Time

Job Details

The Royal United Service Institution is looking for a new Media Relations Manager. 

The role holder will lead the Institute’s engagement with external media and will be the owner of RUSI’s media relations strategy, responsible for keeping it up to date and effective. They will serve as the first point of contact for incoming media enquiries about the Institute and its expertise and act as the lead in generating proactive interest in RUSI’s work. Reporting to RUSI’s communications and marketing director, the media relations manager will work closely with the wider communications team and RUSI’s researchers, connecting them to the media and vice versa. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Key Tasks

  • Own – and keep current – RUSI’s media relations strategy to effectively engage outlets relevant to, or interested in, RUSI and its work
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key media outlets, journalists, and influencers in defence, security, politics, and foreign policy reporting
  • Secure coverage through pitching story ideas, news releases, RUSI research and expertise
  • Manage reactive media interest in an effective, timely manner
  • Maintain and develop media lists through Cision platform
  • Monitor, analyse and report on media coverage Secondary Responsibilities
  • Support the communications and marketing director and wider communications team as required on activity outside the primary responsibilities outlined above

Person Specification:

Essential skills and experience:

  • Strong understanding of the UK and international media landscape
  • Experience in building relationships with journalists
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to form strong personal relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to manage competing demands and work well under pressure
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience in media relations, preferably in a think tank, NGO, government, or corporate environment, ideally with a focus on defence, security, foreign affairs, or politics

Closing Date: 31 May 2023

Interview/Start Dates

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on 31st May 2023.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the closing date brought forward if needed. Early application is encouraged. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Details

To apply, please go to https://royalunitedservicesinstitute.peoplehr.net/Pages/JobBoard/Opening.aspx?v=d25969f1-1eae-4e64-a542-835eaee306e7 , and follow the instructions. You will be required to attach:

  • Your CV
  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience and why you are interested in the role


Website: http://https://rusi.org/

Additional Notes