Senior Communications Manager

Washington, Indiana, United States
Apply by 14 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 14 June 2018

Job Description

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Government Relations and Communications
Location: Washington, DC

Senior Communications Manager

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Communications Manager to expand external outreach to increase support for NDI’s mission by developing communication strategies with a heavy focus on online and social media, in addition to traditional press. The role involves writing, storytelling and the use of creative and design elements such as graphic design and videography. Ths will also include outreach to the U.S. Congress. The position reports to the Director, Government Relations and Communications, and does not have direct reports.

  • Develop and implement social media, press and external communications strategies to increase support for international democracy assistance
  • Develop social media campaigns that reach large numbers of new international and domestic audiences in order to increase online engagement and fundraising
  • Manage press outreach to promote NDI staff experts and public events in the media, including drafting press releases, statements, advisories and opinion-related pieces
  • Expand congressional outreach with Members of Congress and staff to highlight NDI’s role in promoting international democracy, credible and fair elections, and open and transparent governance
  • Contribute to the writing and design of e-newsletters and other email communications with a goal of substantially increasing subscriptions
  • Develop video concepts in conjunction with other team members to share NDI success stories that highlight our work with democracy partners around the world
  • Create and edit content for the NDI website, blog and social media accounts, in conjunction with other team staff members
  • Monitor congressional hearings and markups and assist in drafting congressional testimony for NDI experts
  • Assist with congressional events to demonstrate NDI impact
  • Assist in the design of brochures, infographics, annual reports, event invitations and other online and printed materials
  • Monitor information sources, including think tanks, traditional media, blogs and social media networks, for opportunities to highlight NDI’s work
  • Oversee special projects, including videos, workshops for NDI staff and press contact databases
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Journalism, communications, digital media, graphic design, or related courses preferred
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in the field of communications and government relations, including developing communications, branding, marketing and public relations strategies
  • Experience includes at least three (3) years of experience and proven track record in rapidly expanding online presence and outreach through social media, email marketing, online advertising and fundraising
  • Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills required
  • Creative talent, visual storytelling, and professional publishing skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively necessary
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, use independent judgment and follow-through with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines
  • Congressional experience or prior engagement with the U.S. Congress preferred
  • Graphic design, photography and some videography skills desirable
  • International relations and development experience, including knowledge of NDI’s democracy work a plus
  • Knowledge with Adobe Creative Suite, FinalCut Pro, CiviCRM and Drupal preferred
  • Knowledge with web design, HTML and CSS desirable
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a 40 hour per week full-time position. Core hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m however there may be flexibility on start and end time depending on department needs. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

There is international travel associated with this role. There may be local travel depending on events and donor activities.

Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.


About the Organization

Founded in 1983, NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, DC and with 59 country offices on five continents, NDI has conducted democratic development programs in more than 100 countries around the world. Calling on a global network of more than 500 volunteer practitioners from approximately 70 countries, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. The Institute works with democrats around the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. The Institute receives funding to carry out its mission from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and other donor agencies and private foundations.

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