Communications Officer

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 February 2020
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Job Description

Position Summary

Under the supervision of ICAP’s Deputy Director for Communications and Content Strategy, the Communications Officer will manage communications activities that effectively raise awareness of and increase support for ICAP support, a global health leader situated at Columbia University that works to improve the health of families and communities worldwide. The Communications Officer will work with staff across ICAP’s New York City headquarters and country offices abroad to ensure ICAP’s mission, messages, and accomplishments are communicated in creative and strategic ways to a wide variety of stakeholders.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, write, and distribute communications materials promoting and reporting on ICAP projects, programs, and initiatives – including briefs, success stories, news articles, presentations, and social media content. (30%)
  • Document key ICAP projects through photo and video (either alone or in collaboration with outside vendors and project teams) and transform this material into memorable communications touchpoints (10%)
  • Plan and coordinate local and international events, and assist project teams to promote key ICAP events by supporting webinars, workshops, and conferences (20%)
  • Support ICAP leadership and teams with communications products, including presentations, written materials, and event collateral, and provide communications support, including copyediting, proofreading, and quality control (20%)
  • Manage digital and social media campaigns that are both creative and effective (10%)
  • Report on and monitor communications activities as necessary (5%)
  • Perform other related duties as directed. (5%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in strategic communications, marketing, public policy, or a public health-related field plus a minimum of three years related experience.
  • Excellent writing, editorial, and project management skills.
  • Strong abilities with communications software and systems, including Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity and experience with basic graphic design and layout principles, processes, and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Strong attention to detail and planning skills
  • Ability to translate complex technical information into engaging and motivating communications materials
  • Fluency in English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in communications, preferably in an international development or public health organization
  • Advanced degree in journalism, public policy, development or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience in project management for communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex technical/scientific language for the web and other audiences/platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • International work experience
  • Experience working with an nonprofit or NGO
  • Professional experience in the health or intentional development sectors
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Intermediate to advanced design skills
  • Photography and video production experience or skills
  • French, Portuguese, Russian and/or other language skills

Other Requirements

  • One to four domestic or international trips per year

About the Organization

ICAP was founded in 2003 at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Now a global leader with expertise in HIV prevention, care and treatment, and health systems strengthening, ICAP provides technical assistance and implementation support to governments and non-governmental organizations in more than 30 countries. ICAP has supported work at more than 5,300 health facilities around the world. More than 2.5 million people have received HIV care through ICAP-supported programs and nearly 1.4 million have begun antiretroviral therapy. Visit ICAP online at: icap.columbia.edu

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