Media Relations Director, US at Elsevier

About Elsevier & Context for the Role

Elsevier supports researchers, students and healthcare professionals with the quality information and analytical tools they need to make an impact in society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems.
We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we connect quality knowledge and evidence-based analytical insights that help researchers and healthcare professionals spend more time making breakthroughs and drive societal progress.
Elsevier employs over 8,100 people around the world. Many of us began our careers in research and health. We share the community's belief in science and humanities and what they can achieve. We are committed to quality and innovation to improve the value we deliver to researchers, research leaders, librarians, funders and healthcare professionals in an open, inclusive and collaborative manner. We’re proud that Elsevier receivedrecognition again in April 2021 by “Comparably” as one of the top companies in the world for Culture and Innovative ProductDesign Teams.
Elsevier brings together global communities to listen, support and partner towards open science and the betterment of society. As one of the world’s largest open access publishers, we are working with our communities to re-examine long-held traditions in scholarly communications and aspire to an ever-more frictionless research information system. With the Elsevier Foundation, we are committed to advancing diversity in science, research in developing countries and global health.
The Global Communications team plays a central role in supporting Elsevier’s mission of advancing research and healthcare outcomes through partnerships, communications and engagement with all our stakeholders internally and externally – from existing and potential employees to corporate & academic researchers, from healthcare providers to public health leaders, medical and nursing educators and students, from policy makers to international NGOs.
To that end, we are sharpening our messages, strengthening our stakeholder and media networks, building stronger communications platforms to tell the story of how Elsevier makes a positive contribution to society every day.

About the Role

We are looking for a media savvy, experienced Director of Media Relations, U.S. to elevate Elsevier’s position as a trusted partner in the industry while cultivating relationshipswith key journalists and editors at top tier media outlets. In this highly visible and strategic role, the Director will work closely with colleagues in Global Communications to align on objectives, strategies and targets for proactive and reactive media engagement and content development. The Director will also play a key advisory role on issues impacting the business at a global and regional level.
As a key member of the Global Communications team at Elsevier, you will get the chance to work with passionate, mission oriented and collaborative people in a vibrant and diverse global company whose purpose it is to advance research and improve health outcomes for the benefit of humanity. You will have opportunities to work closely with senior business leaders, take charge of your own destiny and be rewarded for outstanding performance.
The Director will be a member of the Business Partnering team within Elsevier’s Global Communications group. The position reports to the SVP Global Communications.

Key Responsibilities

Media Strategist. In this role, you will coordinate the development of a global media strategy, working with the rest of the Global Communications team and EVP Communications, oversee the press office systems (including media monitoring/evaluation, guidelines) and engage and build relations with key media outlets (top-tier through to trade media across mainstream and digital) on behalf of Elsevier.
You will provide counsel on important business initiatives and support the business team in mapping out media opportunities, including spokesperson preparation and media planning/monitoring.
As part of your job, you will oversee a proactive Elsevier news bureau in the U.S. (covering corporate topics and research and health markets) to gain share of voice in the media and provide counsel for media opportunities and issues in other geographies around the world.
Reputational risk management. You will work closely with the global communications team on issues that could have an impact on reputation and provide counsel on engagement with media.
Metrics & Processes. You will be responsible for media tracking, evaluation and sentiment working closely with the Global Communications function to ensure the right metrics and reporting mechanisms are in place.

Experience and Qualifications


  • University degree with a minimum of 10 years experience in communications, journalism, public relations or corporate/public affairs.
  • Deep interest, passion, curiosity and expertise in everything related to media.
  • Excellent writtenand verbal communications skills, including mastery of various writing formats with expertise in editing.
  • Solid experience in developing and managing integrated communications campaigns and activities involving traditional media and digital channels.
  • Sound judgement at managing media relations, issues and policy communications, crisis preparation and management.
  • Experience working as a media strategist in a matrixed global company or PR consulting firm or media outlet a plus.
  • Experience advising senior management, including helping them navigate challenging communications risks and challenges.
  • Demonstrated skills in presentation and written communications and an innate understanding of how to connect with an audience.
  • Proven experience of effectively applying media sentiment and audience engagement metrics and data and translating analytics into actionable insights.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively establish, lead and maintain collaborative and cooperative working relationships both within and outside of the organization; multicultural awareness required.
  • Exceptional organizational skills; shows agility at adapting strategies and tactics.
  • Budgeting experience with a proven record of fiscal responsibility.
  • Keen judgment and business acumen to understand commercial risks, challenges and opportunities.
  • Fluency with web and social media platforms and applications.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook).

Essential Leadership Skills

  • Strategic thinking in identifying communications opportunities to enhance the business and drives accountability for delivery and performance.
  • Independent, collaborative team player
  • Flexible and adaptable to organizational and market dynamics.

High energy and positive attitude.
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