The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Media and Communications Specialist

The Organization:  

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a private, non-partisan, American, public policy and grant making institution dedicated to promoting understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

GMF does this by:

  • supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere
  • convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities,
  • contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics,
  • providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.

Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw.

As a member of GMF’s Communications Team, the Media and Communications Specialist will lead efforts to elevate GMF’s profile in German and European media and leverage events and activities of the Berlin office to create communications opportunities. The position will act as a contact person for media, providing accurate and timely response to press requests and keeping the press database up to date. The position will also be responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies for GMF’s Berlin-based events, as well as the annual Brussels Forum conference, and will participate in creation of content for GMF’s website and social media channels. The position will also provide media support for GMF’s network of European offices as needed.

Non-EU-citizens need to be in possession of an unrestricted German work permit

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Developing a communications strategy for the GMF Berlin office and working with GMF Berlin office director and senior staff on all communications issues
  • Responding to media enquiries, setting up interviews, managing media logistics at events and monitoring media coverage of GMF and developing proactive tactics for engaging German media and reaching key to key German and non-German audiences: policy makers, media, diplomats, think tanks, academia
  • Identifying, pitching, and securing journalists to moderate events and major conferences; promoting Berlin-based events
  • Maintaining and growing the organization’s database of media contacts, and identifying gaps in the organization’s engagement with specific outlets and journalists and seeking to develop new relationships.
  • Soliciting news-focused content from staff and fellows
  • Identifying opportunities for press coverage around events and specific publications and working with colleagues to develop targeted media strategies
  • Acting as point person for communications activities in Germany and Europe, informing and involving other members of communications team as needed.
  • Contributing to written and multimedia content creation for GMF’s digital channels.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Knowledge of German media landscape and established network amongst Berlin-based media.
  • Understanding of audiovisual aspects of event and media production. Photography skills a plus.
  • Facility with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Ability to manage communications and work flow across time zones
  • Excellent academic and journalistic writing skills
  • Native or near-native English language skills; very advanced German language skills
  • 5 years minimum professional experience in corporate, think tank, or other or non-profit communications
  • Strong verbal and writing skills
  • Good knowledge of the German political and media scene
  • Solid knowledge of international affairs and foreign policy issues
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, good team spirit, high degree of independence
  • Knowledge of database handling
  • Experienced in communicating events, both large and small
  • Strong service mentality; intrinsic motivation to serve and promote a strong, trusted non-profit brand
  • Motivation to strengthen transatlantic relations
  • Entrepreneurial approach to non-profit, civil society, and think tank work
  • Bachelor’s Degree and a Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Non-EU-citizens need to be in possession of an unrestricted German work permit 
  • Ability to travel as needed in Europe and the US
  • Ability to work occasionally weekend and evening hours

To Apply:  

Please visit our website at: provide a cover letter and your salary requirements. 

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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