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  • Head of Media

    Working hours:
    35 Hours
    Competitive Hours
    Closing date:

    Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

    Are you interested in a new challenge in an established and dynamic organization at the heart of world affairs?

    Working as part of our busy communications department, you will enhance and improve Chatham House’s growing profile in the UK and international media.

    You have a consistent track record as a journalist and/or in senior media roles, and a working knowledge of digital journalism. You are passionate about news and current affairs and have a strong interest in the most significant international stories and challenges of our time.

    You will lead a small, vibrant team with oversight of a new media studio which, alongside our innovative simulation centre, has created unrivaled opportunities for Chatham House to develop its research and outreach.

    You take the initiative, are highly organized, flexible and adopt a creative approach to problem-solving. You are happy to pursue a wide variety of challenging tasks and are deeply committed to developing your skills and knowledge.

    You will be comfortable working across teams, and will relish the prospect of putting your collaborative skills to use both within the communications team, the wider institute and external partners.

    We are an equal-opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Media Relations

    • Increase the quality and volume of coverage of Chatham House's research in leading media outlets;
    • Build positive relationships with journalists, including through media partnerships that reinforce our brand and reputation;
    • Ensure the success of our media studio and create exciting opportunities for its use;
    • Raise the individual profiles of the Director and senior research staff, including through op-eds and broadcast interviews;
    • Organize media and mobile journalism training for colleagues;
    • Edit and pitch articles and op-eds and generate press releases on a broad range of international issues;
    • Create imaginative opportunities for coverage of Chatham House research and publications via digital media outlets;
    • Work with colleagues to improve the visibility of short-form digital content with a range of media outlets;
    • Lead media coverage around the institute's internationally focused programme of events;
    • Develop and implement the institute’s media guidelines;
    • Manage and oversee all other media-related activity.

    Communications and Publishing Department

    Working with the Director of Communications & Publishing, you will create, develop and steer the department’s objectives in the context of the organization's goals.

    You will develop strategies for media engagement and partnerships for our centenary in 2020 and play a significant part in institute-wide initiatives to support the development of Chatham House's strategic goals.

    Personal Specification

    Essential Qualifications and Experience:

    • First degree (or equivalent) attained in journalism, international relations or a similar relevant subject;
    • Experience of working as a journalist or in media relations in high-level policy circles (experience: minimum 6 years);
    • A thorough understanding and hands-on experience of how the UK and, ideally, international media works;
    • Knowledge of UK and global politics and international affairs.


    • Excellent social skills: able to communicate credibly and flawlessly with Chatham House’s senior partners a personable manner with articulate, persuasive presentation;
    • Proven interpersonal skills with the capability to work logically and methodically;
    • Adept at trouble-shooting and problem-solving;
    • Resourcefulness and critical thinking, and the ability to be responsive in an exciting and fast-paced environment;
    • A dedicated, self-motivating approach to work, with a collegiate, collaborative, constructive and consistent attitude;
    • The aptitude and energy to handle a demanding and varied workload;
    • Discretion in handling confidential information, with an understanding of the Data Protection Act.