Director, Global Media Unit

Save the Children , London, United Kingdom
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the permanent Director, Global Media Unit. To lead the development and management of the Global Media Unit for Save the Children. Working with colleagues across departments, 30 Save the Children member organisations across the world and our programme teams in Country Offices, the Director of the Global Media Unit will help to position Save the Children as the world's leading charity for children and significantly raise the profile of the agency's work. Leading a team in London, with responsibility for four media managers overseas, they will work closely with our global humanitarian, campaigns and communications teams, and with senior media colleagues in Save the Children member organisations and in our programme countries.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Essential Technical Skills:

  • Extensive senior operational experience in a fast-paced news environment.
  • Extensive senior editorial experience and judgement, with 10+ years in a senior role in print or broadcast or equivalent communications role.
  • Demonstrable experience and understanding of international media outlets and approaches across a range of global news markets.
  • Senior experience in media work in high-risk locations, confident in managing security and risk issues.
  • Experience in working in a complex and large organisation and or in a federated business model. Demonstrable experience in managing senior stakeholders and driving decisions and outcomes.
  • Proven track record of delivering coverage across globally influential media
  • Experience of working on cross-organisational initiatives
  • Excellent knowledge, understanding and experience of social media & knowledge of latest social media trends relevant to journalists and media networks
  • Demonstrable editorial knowledge of what makes an excellent international media product - such as film and photo products, op eds and press releases
  • Senior experience in reputational risk management and large global organisations.
  • Strong understanding of global media markets, different audiences, international media formats and influential outlets
  • Excellent media contacts across global outlets such as France 24, APTN, BBC World, CNN & Al Jazeera
  • Excellent understanding of global issues, especially those relating to children, and the external environment (e.g. international & current debates) in which we work

Personal skills:

  • Strong leadership qualities, including experience of managing and motivating a busy team in a fast-moving, international environment
  • Strong resilience and drive, calm under pressure and able to influence decisions among several senior stakeholders to quick and preferred outcomes
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across different cultures, disciplines and time zones
  • Excellent English language writing skills, including the ability to summarise complex data and make it accessible to a variety of different markets and publications
  • Strong planning skills, including the ability to set priorities, create manageable work-plans and work within budgets
  • The ability to meet deadlines and prioritise when working under pressure on a number of projects. Strong ability to put in place new processes and see that they operate effectively
  • Willingness to travel to fragile and insecure countries.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector with an option of flexible of working hours

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.