Senior Director of Communications
Deadline: Until filled
Location: New York City
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center)
The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
The Senior Director of Communications will run the day-to-day operations of the communications department and oversee the functional teams within communications including media, digital, project management and marketing. In this refreshed role, the Senior Director of Communications will serve as the right hand of the incoming Chief Communications and Marketing Officer (CCMO) and serve as the primary liaison between this role and the department. The Senior Director of Communications will work closely with the Director of Communication Projects to make sure deadlines and key communications projects are met, but will primarily serve as the content point for the department and accountable for the operational implementation of the vision and messaging of the organization as established by the CCMO and other key executive team members. The Senior Director of Communications will lead in overseeing messaging, key press strategy decisions, communications materials and work with the CCMO to set the broader strategy for the communications team in support of the work of the Center.
The Senior Director of Communications primary job responsibilities include, but not limited to:
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the communications department and manage the functional teams within communications including media, digital, project management and marketing;
- Serve as the right hand of the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer (CCMO) and serve as the primary liaison between this role and the department;
- Ensure deadlines and key communications projects are met;
- Serve as the content point for the department and accountable for the operational implementation of the vision and messaging of the organization as established by senior leadership;
- Lead in key press strategy decisions, communication materials and work with the CCMO to set the overall strategy for the communications team;
- Ensure the communications department has high performing staff and structure in place to advance the goals of the department and organization; and,
- Oversee the department budget.
- Serve as a key advisor to the CCMO lead the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated strategies to advance the Center's brand identity and broaden awareness of its programs, priorities, and vision for the future of reproductive rights worldwide;
- Increase the visibility of the Center's work and achievements across key stakeholder audiences, including media, policymakers, donors, partners, and allies;
- In partnership with outside consultants, firm and vendors, implement marketing strategies that will enable Center leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers; and,
- Work with the senior team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
Communications Team Management
- Mentor and manage a team of a 16+ staff to support the development and execution of communications strategies;
- Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality; and,
- Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities and conduct annual performance appraisals.
- Oversee development of all the Center communications, including the annual report, marketing/development collateral materials, electronic communications, website, and social media;
- Research, recommend, and prioritize media and other visibility opportunities, coordinating with the appropriate Center staff to organize and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed;
- Strategize and oversee message research and development, and the creation of decks, talking points memos, and other vehicles for unifying the Center's public-facing communications; and,
- Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development.
- Minimum of 10+ years of experience with management of multi-disciplinary communications;
- Successful track record of developing and leading communications and marketing strategies and campaigns in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment;
- Deep experience in media and press strategy including print, broadcast, digital and interactive media;
- Strong interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving, and mentoring skills, and a calm, diplomatic demeanor'even in times of intense pressure;
- Ability to manage a large team required;
- Exceptional writing, editing and messaging skills;
- Strong verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively;
- Proficiency with project management tools; experience with Asana a plus;
- Extremely sharp organizational skills and ability to manage large volumes of projects, tasks, and files;
- Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment with a wide variety of strong personalities; sense of humor;
- Ability to travel as needed;
- Strong commitment to the Center's mission, values, and strategic objectives;
- Bachelor's degree required; and
- Advanced degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field highly preferred.
The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
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