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Media Relations Manager
New York

Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) seeks a talented and entrepreneurial individual based in New York City to manage our Media Relations team. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, an effective communicator, an excellent writer, and a team player.

Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The Media Relations Manager will promote all of AS/COA’s public-facing initiatives with the media and consider new ways to engage with journalists while raising the organization's visibility. During the pandemic, AS/COA went through a digital transformation, expanding online access for its members and audiences. The person in this role has the opportunity to build on this wider reach that extends throughout the Americas.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Plan and manage the execution of a proactive media strategy to promote AS/COA’s public-facing initiatives—events, expert’s interviews, publications, and cultural programming.
  • Create English, Spanish, and occasionally Portuguese-language messaging for media advisories, press releases, media statements, op-eds, and institutional publications.
  • Identify and craft compelling stories that secure high-level placements in print, broadcast, and online media.
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests.
  • Organize media events, such as press previews and press conferences.
  • Work with all teams in AS/COA to promote their programming and content, understanding their goals and expectations.
  • Cultivate current and new relationships with relevant media contacts in Latin America and United States across a broad array of subjects, including foreign policy, trade, economics, women’s economic empowerment, and Latin American arts and music.
  • Maintain an updated database of journalists.
  • Support AS/COA spokespeople for a wide range of public and media engagements.
  • Oversee monitoring, tracking, and reporting of media coverage.
  • Explore, evaluate, and manage opportunities for media partnerships.
  • Lead AS/COA’s advertising initiatives, oversee contracts, and supervise the services of outside public relations agencies.
  • Collaborate with the Webteam in creating, curating, translating, and promoting editorial and social media content that supports AS/COA’s mission and standing as a thought leader and influencer.
  • Manage the Communications Associate.
  • Support production and management of logos and branding guide, serving as a point of contact across the organization for use of branding resources in marketing materials.
  • Develop communication materials, such as the annual report.

Qualifications and attributes

The candidate is expected to be a detail-oriented self-starter who works with minimal supervision, manages their own time effectively, and follows up on and communicates on all relevant issues.

Skills and qualifications include

  • Minimum 4 to 7 years of relevant experience in expanding organizational visibility and development of media relationships. The candidate can also come from a journalism background, with an interest in working in communications.
  • Degree in journalism, communications, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent English-language and Spanish-language verbal and written communication skills required. Knowledge of Portuguese a plus.
  • A strong understanding and interest in Latin America and international affairs.
  • Understanding of social media messaging.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Mailchimp, and basic CMS platform use.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees are currently working a hybrid schedule each week, with three days spent in the office and two days remotely. All staff and visitors to AS/COA are required to be vaccinated.

AS/COA offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as outstanding benefits including an excellent health and dental plan, vacation, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

Qualified candidates must be eligible to work in the United States to be considered.

Application Submission: Please send your cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample with “Manager, Media Relations” in the subject line to Pia Fuentealba at pfuentealba@as-coa.org.

Application deadline: August 1.