Media and Outreach Officer


The successful candidate will be expected to bring an entrepreneurial approach to the role. The Media and Outreach Officer will be responsible for media relations and public dissemination of IEA’s research, with a particular focus on policymakers. 


  • Increase IEA’s profile among journalists, media, public and policy makers by proactively pitching stories and working with research colleagues to write op-eds and guest articles in external publications
  • Train and support IEA spokespeople to represent IEA at public events and in the media
  • Plan, prepare and coordinate media events such as press launches of IEA study reports
  • Compile media lists and develop and report back on media relations and coverage of IEA’s work
  • Develop and maintain an active network of relevant media contacts, ideally building on existing relationships carried over from previous roles
  • Support the Communications Officer with managing and expanding IEA’s social media channels (currently: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube)
  • Create content, manage and update public-facing pages on the IEA website
  • Support IEA colleagues with organizing and managing IEA events (e.g. annual research conference)
  • Keep up to date with the main issues and debates in education policy and pro-actively identify opportunities for IEA contributions
  • Identify opportunities for briefings and dialogue between government officials and the IEA
  • Prepare communications materials (written and multimedia) to support the recruitment and retention of participants for IEA studies;


  • Right to work in the Netherlands
  • Minimum qualifications:
    • a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, communications/media relations, international relations or another relevant discipline
    • a minimum of two years in a professional media relations or public outreach role on behalf of an organization, preferably in an international setting
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills (native or near-native is preferred), a confident public speaker and clear and fluent writer. Additional language skills are an asset
  • A born networker, ideal candidates will already have existing, relevant journalist or media contacts and will proactively develop and expand these connections
  • Excellent digital and online communication skills, previous professional experience with social media and website management are preferred
  • A natural storyteller, candidates should be adept at identifying and crafting stories which will interest target audiences and attract media attention
  • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail and commitment to ensuring the accuracy of information
  • Multimedia skills (basic graphic design, photojournalism or video editing) are a strong asset
  • A diplomatic approach to working with internal and external stakeholders, cultural sensitivity and awareness of the challenges of working in an international organization
  • Experience and interest in research communications is preferred, ideally within an educational context
  • Ability to manage a busy workload with tight deadlines. Experience with event and/or project management are assets
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with other partners in a global and multicultural environment
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to initiate ideas and follow them through to completion
  • Experience with multicultural teamwork and the ability to travel.

Dates and deadlines

  • Desired starting date: 1 July 2018
  • Closing date: 30 April 2018
  • Interviews: 7 May 2018

Interested candidates should send an application (cover letter, comprehensive curriculum vitae and desired salary range) by e-mail to: Please include “Media and Outreach Officer (IEA Amsterdam)” in the subject line.

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Add to Calendar 00:00 23:59 Europe/Berlin Media and Outreach Officer The IEA is seeking a Media and Outreach Officer to join their team at the IEA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Interested candidates should send an application (cover letter, comprehensive curriculum vitae and desired salary range) by e-mail to: Please include “Media and Outreach Officer (IEA Amsterdam)” in the subject line. Closing date is 30 April 2018. unknown Abiton M. Omatsone