Head of Communications, North America

  • Professional

Head of Communications, North America

Job description

The Head of Communications, North America leads the communications and public outreach work of International Crisis Group in North America, with a focus on securing visibility for Crisis Group, its analysis and its policy recommendations in the United States of America in traditional print and broadcast as well as contemporary social media.

This senior position is responsible for expanding and enhancing Crisis Group’s profile, influence and impact among key North American and particularly U.S. constituencies – notably policy-makers and opinion-leaders concerned with conflict prevention – as well as among philanthropists, the business community, and the general public.

The Head of Communications, North America is expected to achieve these purposes principally by brokering media and relationship-building opportunities for the President/CEO and other Crisis Group senior staff and field analysts, as well as by personally engaging with the media and other stakeholders where appropriate.

The Head of Communications, North America is expected to be based in New York or Washington DC and will report to the Director of Communications & Outreach in Brussels.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an annual communications plan for Crisis Group in the United States that enhances the organisation’s profile and advances its mission and advocacy messages in both conflict-focused policy communities and with the general public;
  • Strengthen existing and establish new institutional relationships and opportunities for interaction by the President/CEO, other senior staff and field analysts with media outlets, especially internationally-focused print and broadcast media (notably television);
  • Identify and cultivate opportunities for interaction by the President/CEO, other senior staff and field analysts with leaders of public opinion, think-tanks, other Non-Governmental Organisations and other advocacy groups concerned with conflict mitigation and prevention;
  • Define and implement targeted media strategies for public presentations in the United States (and elsewhere in North America where feasible and relevant) by Crisis Group field analysts and other regional Program and senior staff;
  • Contribute to Crisis Group social media outreach, including by building and maintaining an active personal social media voice in support of Crisis Group’s mission and goals;  
  • Draft and deliver specific communications strategies for Crisis Group events and publication releases in the United States (including policy symposia and fund-raising activities);
  • Monitor and analyse United States media coverage, and report on trends and key developments;
  • Lead and/or contribute to special projects to advance priority conflict-prevention goals;
  • Draft and edit communications outputs.

Candidates who are interested in this role should apply by 3 September 2017.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in journalism, international relations, political science, law, sociology or equivalent through experience;
  • 10+ years of directly relevant professional experience in communications or journalism; longer experience a distinct advantage;
  • Strong writing and editing skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted outreach strategies and materials;
  • Extensive contacts with senior U.S. (and desirably other North American) media producers and editors;
  • Experience with think-tanks, non-governmental organisations, and advocacy groups;
  • Strong knowledge of global politics, conflicts and societies;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including proven public presentation skills and a  strong capacity for effective teamwork;
  • A strong record of success in communicating with the public including and achieving impact through digital and social media;
  • Experience in working in conflict zones and/or on the communications aspects of conflict mitigation/prevention would be an advantage;   
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) required;
  • Travel between Washington DC or New York will be required, depending on residence, and occasional international travel may be required.