Global Public Relations Director

Who We Are

Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity that uses hospital ships to bring life-changing surgeries and transformational medical training to people in some of the most challenging contexts along the African coast. For over 40 years, Mercy Ships has been delivering lasting hope and healing through safe surgical care, while working alongside partners and stakeholders to strengthen local healthcare systems in more than 55 countries. Since the inception of this dream by founders Don and Deyon Stephens in 1978, Mercy Ships has served more than 2.7 million direct beneficiaries without regard for race, gender, or religion.

The Opportunity

Do you have a heart for the hurting and a desire to invest your talents and experiences into a mission that transforms lives? This is your opportunity to share good news and get audiences engaged to join the work of Mercy Ships. 

**Compensation Range for This Position Is $86,000 - $90,000

Mercy Ships is seeking a Global Public Relations Director to serve on-site in one of our national office locations (such as United States (Texas), Holland, UK, Africa, or Switzerland). In this position you'll have the opportunity to support the Global Brand Development Department initiatives of Mercy Ships to ensure continued delivery of hope to those in need through oversight and direction of the ministry’s Global Public Relations strategy.

How You’ll Contribute

  • Develop a global strategic public relation plan including strategy, goals, budget and tactics.
  • Increase the share of voice of Mercy Ships as the unique, international, faith-based NGO providing surgical care and surgical education.
  • Nurture and further develop existing relations strategy, seeking high-level placements in relevant touchpoints.
  • Coordinate global public relations activities related to global topics/events.
  • Work w/ global social media teams to engage traditional/new media audiences.
  • Lead Global PR work groups to enhance knowledge and inspire national earned media activities.
  • Leverage existing media relationships and cultivate new contacts within business and industry media.
  • Research, develop, and execute media placement.
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests.
  • Create content for press releases, byline articles and keynote presentations.
  • Monitor, analyze and communicate PR results on a monthly basis and where needed topic specific.
  • Evaluate opportunities for media partnerships on an on-going basis.
  • Build relationships with thought leaders to grow awareness with the global surgery ecosystem.
  • Place Mercy Ships spokespersons on strategic platforms to support Global PR strategy.
  • Work with agency partners and manage a public relations coordinator.
  • Work with Brand Coms director on brand reputation management.
  • Maintain understanding of industry trends affecting clients, making appropriate recommendations regarding communication strategy surrounding them.
  • International/Domestic travel required (~2 international trips to a vessel/~2 trips to the International Headquarters in Lindale, Texas/year)

 The Ideal Candidate

  • Honesty, integrity and a passion to serve others.
  • Subscribe to Mercy Ships’ Statement of Faith; adhere to Mercy Ships Code of Conduct and support Mercy Ships mission.
  • Proven leader with strong track record of delivering routinely superior results.
  • Ability to see the bigger picture with creative critical thinking when identifying opportunities for coverage.
  • Curious and inspiring story teller.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative working style.
  • Solid written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in public relations field required; international context preferred.
  • Proven track record designing and executing successful public relations campaigns at both a local and national level.
  • Strong relationships with local and national business/industry media outlets.
  • Experience in acting as a company spokesperson; comfortable and skilled in both broadcast and print media interviews.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • English Mother tongue, Fluent in French or German preferred.
  • Solid experience with social media including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision, and committed to its core values.
  • Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity and demonstrate accountability.

 Education & Experience

  • MA degree in Marketing, Advertising, or Communications.
  • 10 years’ global PR experience in an international corporate setting with proven results.
  • Media pitching experience.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Experience with using industry tools to build media lists.
  • Experience using social media platforms as a media relations tool.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Experience with Meltwater and Cission desirable.
  • SEO experience a plus.
  • Successful completion of Mercy Ships Entry Training will be required within the first year.


  • The opportunity to use your professional skills to make a global impact.
  • The opportunity to live out your faith at work.
  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance.
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan, with matching contribution.
  • Paid holidays & a competitive rate of Paid Time Off accrual
  • Staff devotionals, prayer time, and Chaplaincy support.
  • On campus dining with gourmet meals available for purchase, including a specialty coffee shop and community events.
  • On campus recreation, including indoor basketball and racquetball courts, weight room, walking and biking trails, a disk golf course, and an outdoor pool.

Pour your God-given talents into a mission with eternal return on investment -- join the Mercy Ships Crew, today!

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**Compensation range listed is for U.S. hires only. Actual compensation may vary dependent upon location of hire.