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Monday, June 14, 2010

Media Relations Manager for the Center for Victims of Torture

The Center for Victims of Torture exists to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families, and their communities and to stop torture worldwide. We work locally, nationally and internationally.

The Media Relations Manager is responsible for building awareness of CVT’s mission, programs and achievements, by managing media relations and supporting the public policy agenda. The position is based in St. Paul, MN and reports to the Director of Communications.
  • Media Relations: Maintain media visibility for CVT through coordinating news conferences, pitching news/feautre story ideas, preparing media promotion materials, building and maintaining relationships with key media peronnel, and preparing and distributing media kits. Direct and mainage media relations for CVT programs. Answer media inquiries and arrange interviews with key CVT spokespeople. Prepare key messages and provide media training for CVT spokespeople.
  • Public Policy: Provide communications support, including preparation of written materials for CVT’s national policy advocacy work. Participate as a member of the public policy team. Provide leadership on research and strategizing CVT’s approach to specific public policy initiatives. Develop and implement corresponding comunications plans, including website updates on public policy issues and email campaigns.
  • Publications and Materials: Develop letters, news releases, speeches, testimony, op-eds and public service announcements that communicate key organizational messages.
  • Manage communications for special events, including CVT’s annual events in Washington DC and Minneapolis commemorating the UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture and other local events in the Twin Cities.

  • BA in communications, journalism, PR, or related field.
  • 3 years experience in media relations and 3 years experience on issue advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated success managing state and national media relations (experience with international media a plus)
  • Experience utilizing social media to support public policy initiatives.
  • Demonstrated success placing commentary and letters in media outlets.
  • Ability to work in a non-partisan fashion.
  • Superior writing and presentation skills.
  • Superior interpersonal and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to develop relationships and communicate effectively with colleagues working in distant locations, including Washington DC office and international program sites.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work within tight timelines.
  • Demonstrated success in managing relationships across professional organizations.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with MS Office software, email and internet.
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights.
Compensation: Competitive salary and benefit package.

To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements by June 28, 2010 to