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  • Director, Public Relations and Corporate Communications at African Wildlife Foundation

  • Posted on: 9 September, 2019 Deadline: 20 September, 2019
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  • The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.

    Founded in 1961 at the height of the African independence movement, AWF (then known at the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation) was created to help newly independent African nations and people conserve their own wildlife. AWF’s first approach was to train and educate African conservation professionals. AWF helped establish the College of African Wildlife Management, wildlife clubs in a number of African countries, and has sponsored dozens of African scholars in their pursuit of Master’s and Doctoral degrees in conservation.

    Director, Public Relations and Corporate Communications


    The Plan Includes a Detailed And Ambition Strategic Communications Plan To Achieve The Following Goals

    AWF has just completed a 10-year strategic vision and three-year operational plan.

    • Brand positioning: AWF brand is positioned as a homegrown voice of African conservation on the global stage, the engine to grow African conservation leadership, and as influential in sustainable development plans and projects.
    • Narrative shift: Conservation viewed as integral to sustainable development in modern Africa.
    • Behavior change: Behaviors change to better support wildlife and wildlands conservation.
    • Capacity building: Build conservation practitioners’ (AWF’s and partners’) capacity for strategic communication.
    • Marketing and fundraising: AWF donors and supporters (current and prospective) in authentic relationship with the organization.

    As the team lead of the AWF global Public Relations & Corporate Communication unit, and reporting to the Vice President of Development & Public Engagement, the director is responsible for the development and implementation of a public relations strategy that increases AWF’s brand awareness, clarifies brand experience and personalizes what AWF means to communities around the world through various events, engagements, interviews, op-eds and public facing opportunities.


    • Develop and implement a public relations strategy that builds AWF’s brand visibility and reputation as a thought leader among priority stakeholders including African governments, institutional and individual donors, private sector, African youth, and the communities with whom we work.
    • Manage, mentor and grow a team of professional and dedicated communications experts (currently 5) as well as external vendors (PR agency and news tracking services) to maximize the value of effectiveness of our internal staff and external partners.
    • Lead team in developing annual public relations and corporate communications plan and budget that details the goals, objectives, activities, tactics, messages, channels, outcomes and measurements to achieve organizational success.
    • Serve as the chief public relations advisor to AWF throughout the world, providing leadership in crisis communication planning, training (plan implementation and media), media placement and overall, proactive and reactive strategic guidance.
    • Understand and proactively stay abreast of all AWF programs and activities and related conservation and development issues in order to wisely advise and guide on AWF communications.
    • In collaboration with program teams, development and marketing teams, and finance develop and manage a knowledge management system for the collection, storage and sharing of success stories from the country and program offices across the continent.
    • Develop and support team in efficiently and effectively fielding incoming media inquiries, developing media contacts in print, television, radio and other industry and community influencers important to AWF’s mission.
    • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
    • Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and manage the preparation of talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed.
    • Ensure we are speaking with one voice, leveraging the best ideas and lifting up compelling stories across the AWF.
    • Oversee the timely design of press materials, including media kits, op-eds, holding statements, talking points, executive media interview briefs, news releases, website content and fact sheets on organizational programs, initiatives and key messages.
    • Serve as part of Development & Public Engagement senior team, acting in a highly positive and collaborative manner with colleagues throughout the organization.
    • Work collaboratively with Corporate & Foundation Relations team to identify, prioritize, and develop new media partnership as well as public relations strategies to promote key initiatives such as the AWF Viacom and AWF and Irdeto partnerships, as well as other key developing initiatives.
    • Plan, coordinate and actively collaborate with the Director of Marketing & Creative and team responsible for overall organizational marketing, awareness, and digital strategies to reach new audiences, cultivate prospects, build ongoing brand affinity and drive revenue growth.
    • Serve as an organizational spokesperson.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to African Wildlife Foundation career website on www.awf.org to apply

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