TITLE: Communications Specialist
REPORTING TO: Senior Communications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications
LOCATION: New York, NY
JOBS SUPERVISED: NA
ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: Indefinite
POSITION SUMMARY: The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues – from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Though biomedical, social science and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs and technologies that improve lives around the world.
The Communications Specialist plays a key role in the Office of Strategic Communications and within the larger Development and Engagement department helping to conceptualize, plan, and implement communications strategies to increase the reach and impact of the Population Council’s research and increase strategic engagement with key audiences. This includes shaping key messages, media and digital engagement plans, event planning, relationship building within and outside the organization, and more. The ideal candidate has experience supporting successful communications campaigns, is enthusiastic and hard-working, has excellent oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills, and 2-4 years related experience. The Communications Specialist reports to the Senior Manager of Communications.
Helps conceptualize, plan and implement communications strategies and efforts to support the Council’s strategic goals. Serves as the point person for project and country communicators across the organization.
Builds relationships and collaborates across Population Council offices and programs to identify opportunities, surface issues, and make recommendations for content development and engagement. Uses information to develop and maintain editorial calendar for the broader development and engagement division.
Monitors, tracks and analyzes communications messages and media hits (traditional and digital), and the broader media and digital landscape; makes recommendations for engagement. Updates the Council website and social media channels regularly.
Helps conceptualize, plan and implement key events and conference strategies that highlight the Council’s work.
Develops materials for various audiences including news releases, talking points, web content, newsletters, blog posts, emails and presentations.
Supports media efforts, including trainings, pitching, relationship building with journalists and others; maintains and updates the Council’s media and blogger databases; oversees outreach lists specific to the Council’s priority issues.
Works with communications team to manage the annual review and update for website; develops biographies and research summaries and ensures current high-quality written content across the platform.
Helps conceptualize, plan and implement Spring and End of Year marketing campaigns, which includes development of workplans, coordination of consultants, drafting content and executing campaigns.
Tracks, gathers, and analyzes performance of communications campaigns; explores opportunities to increase engagement. Develops dashboards to share insights.
Other duties as assigned.
2-4 years related experience.
Experience supporting successful communications campaigns and activities for comparable programs or organizations.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills; superior attention to detail.
Ability to think strategically, set priorities and manage concurrent projects, handle pressure, manage time effectively, exercise independent judgment and assume responsibility for seeing projects through to timely and successful completion.
Self-motivated; willingness to work independently and as part of a team.
Experience writing content for various audiences including researchers, policy makers, donors, online influencers and others.
Ability to keep up with technology and drive innovation in quickly changing environment.
Experience in a nonprofit environment and demonstrated interest in international development.
Willingness to travel – domestic and international as needed. (