Manager of Media Relations

Requisition ID: 275952 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Hybrid
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. 


Core to Bechtel is our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


Position Summary

This role will oversee media relations and our global earned media strategy and efforts. It requires a seasoned professional with experience working in a matrix organization and managing large-scope, high-visibility projects. This is a leadership role, steering the Corporate Affairs team, and reporting directly to the Chief Communications Officer. #LI-HB1 #LI-Hybrid



  • Manage and lead a dynamic and high-performing team.
  • Strategic thinking, including envisioning and developing short and long-term proactive media relations efforts for reputation-driving initiatives on an international scale.
  • An advanced level of pitching and responding to incoming media requests in a timely manner with an ability to influence earned media reporting.
  • Identify, cultivate, and maintain media contacts, including journalists, editors, thought leaders, and allied organizations at local and national levels.
  • Develop and execute crisis communications and rapid issues-response work.
  • Develop executive-facing media messaging and briefing materials and provide counsel for on-the-record interviews and media responses.
  • Audit, manage, and leverage tools that enable media monitoring; measuring the impact of our activities, and adjust strategies as necessary to optimize results.
  • Monitor and assess media coverage and industry trends and provide insights and analysis to senior leadership.
  • Engage and collaborate across the Bechtel enterprise to ensure an integrated approach for external media communications.
  • Champion Bechtel and our VV&Cs in managing our presence in the communities where we live and work.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 7+ years of prior experience working at an agency, news outlet, on corporate communications teams, or policy communications team.


Additional Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of developing and leading an external content reputation management program using media, blogs, print, video, social media, and advertising.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Motivated to proactively identify opportunities and execute strategic plans.
  • Promote a collaborative working environment.
  • Ability to work closely with senior leaders and work effectively across the organization.


Diversity Message

Diverse teams are the foundation to building the extraordinary. 

As a global company, Bechtel has long been home to a vibrant multitude of nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, and life experiences. This diversity has made us a more trusted partner, more effective problem solvers and innovators, and a more attractive destination for leading talent. 

We are committed to being a company where every colleague feels that they belong—where colleagues feel part of “One Team,” respected and rewarded for what they bring, supported in pursuing their goals, invested in our values and purpose, and treated equitably. Click here to learn more about the people who power our legacy. 


Benefits Overview

Bechtel benefits extend far beyond the jobsite or office. 

For decades, Bechtel has worked to inspire the next generation of engineers and beyond! Because our teams face some of the world's toughest challenges, we offer robust benefits to ensure our people thrive.  Whether it is advancing careers, delivering programs to enhance our culture, or providing time to recharge, Bechtel has the benefits to build a legacy of sustainable growth.  

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Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.