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We are hiring a Senior Manager, Communications to lead strategic communications activities for WWF’s Global Arctic Programme. The WWF Arctic Programme advances a well-managed, biodiverse and resilient Arctic through advocacy and implementation of strategic conservation initiatives led by a team of multi-disciplinary experts. The Senior Manager, Communications provides leadership, strategic direction and coordination of Arctic communications within the WWF network and to external audiences. This position reports directly to the Director of WWF’s Global Arctic Programme.
We are looking for a senior communications manager with a strong journalism and/or science communications background, proven international experience, and fluent, flawless English. You will work from WWF’s office in Sweden but hold responsibility for coordinating communications and audience engagement for WWF’s work throughout the Arctic. You will work closely with thematic conservation experts and project leaders in the Arctic Programme and Arctic offices, as well as communicators throughout WWF’s global network. This is a dynamic, challenging senior role where you will lead and manage diverse communications approaches to meaningfully engage wide-ranging audiences about the importance of the Arctic.
The person will:
- Lead Arctic-wide strategic communications planning to support the implementation of WWF’s Arctic Strategic Plan and maximize opportunities for collaboration.
- Coordinate network-wide Arctic messaging and monitor Arctic-related policy positions to ensure a cohesive WWF voice and minimize the potential for reputational damage.
- Oversee and contribute to the creation and updating of all communications channels and materials – reports, presentations, maps, website, social/digital media and other materials as necessary to help disseminate WWF Arctic messages.
- Coordinate media responses internationally and across national offices, and identify opportunistic media opportunities.
- Coordinate and lead the Arctic Communicators working group, comprised of communicators from the WWF network, to ensure a cohesive voice and elevate Arctic issues within the network.
- Develop the annual strategy for traditional and social/digital media opportunities, and identify opportunistic media hooks.
- Manage production of The Circle, a highly regarded quarterly online publication informing ~4,000 decision-makers, scientists and the interested public about Arctic environmental and development issues related to WWF’s Arctic Strategic Plan.
- Ensure that WWF leaders have necessary information and materials for high-level communications on Arctic issues.
- Liaise with WWF International, Network Practices and other WWF internal audiences to provide communications support on issues relevant to the Arctic.
- Ensure the Network has a clear point of contact for Arctic communications questions, photo/video/interview and other information requests, and represent the WWF Arctic Programme in international fora when needed.
- Support the coordinating team, national offices and Arctic Steering Committee to maintain and heighten WWF’s unique profile within the international Arctic community by organizing and presenting at Arctic events, and managing our presence at international conferences.
- Proven international experience in effective storytelling to motivate an audience
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically about communications
- Ability to translate scientific and technical information for non-scientific audiences, including policy-makers and the general public
- Strong writing and editing skills with a capacity to create a narrative about Arctic and WWF’s work through traditional and digital/social media
- Demonstrated media relations experience
- Experience in digital communications and advocacy, including a strong understanding of social media and analytics
- Demonstrated ability to manage internal collaborations in a complex, multi-disciplinary and multicultural setting
- Experience directing/supervising external contractors to deliver communications products that are on message
- Familiarity and interest in environmental and nature conservation issues; direct work experience with international conservation NGOs is a plus
- Understanding of pan-Arctic communications and political environment
- Experience working in different cultures and an understanding of social and environmental justice
- Ability to supervise Communications Specialists, providing mentorship and support
- Holds a degree in communications, journalism or a related field
- At least 10 years’ experience in communications with a demonstrated understanding of scientific or conservation communications needs and skills
- Fluent, flawless written and oral English language skills
- Functional literacy and ability to work in Swedish is a bonus
- Excellent oral and written presentation and communication skills
- Demonstrated management and team leadership skills
- Proactive, self-motivated person who works well within a team but demonstrates ability for autonomy and is not shy to ask for information or advice
- Demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple, time-critical tasks
- Demonstrated ability to work across multiple time zones in a cross-cultural context
- Ability to travel for meetings and visit project sites
- Generates ideas, is solutions-oriented, constructive in debates, well-organized, passionate, and is inspirational to others.
WWF Sweden office is located in the beautiful Castle of Ulriksdal beside the Edsviken waterway, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. You will work with competent employees in a stimulating environment where we care for our employees’ well-being and personal development. WWF is affiliated with collective agreements and adheres to the pension plan.
Submit your application not later than 2021-04-05. Selection and interviews will be conducted continuously.
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