Location: Remote from any of these countries: Brazil, India, Kenya, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (east coast time zone).
Salary: US $140,000 per annum
This is a full-time, remote position. Exempt for overtime purposes if in the U.S.
Who We Are
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative that supports coalitions in the Global South to support underlying systems change and achieve impact at scale, with a predominant focus on advancing gender equality and women’s leadership.
We bring together funders from around the world to invest in initiatives that seek to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of women, men, girls, and boys, addressing underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities.
Building on our experience as well as that of civil society, government, market actors, and philanthropic partners, we have developed a second fund that advances gender-equitable systems change at scale and women’s leadership globally. For more information, please visit www.co-impact.org and take a look at our Handbook.
Where You Fit
Co-Impact seeks an Associate Director, Communications who will lead our communications function.
Reporting to the Founder and CEO of Co-Impact, the ideal candidate is a well-rounded communications professional with primary accountability for creating and executing all communications strategies and plans.
As Co-Impact’s chief communications storyteller, strategist and content planner, and creator, the Associate Director has the opportunity to utilize the power of communications to advance Co-Impact’s mission, strategy and philanthropic and program goals. The Associate Director’s role will be supported by a communications staff of two and the resources of a global PR firm, graphic artists, and visual content providers.
Core responsibilities will include:
- Thought leadership: Work collaboratively across Co-Impact and our partners to identify strategic opportunities for stakeholder engagement. The AD will be responsible for content creation including messaging, talking points, blog and opinion pieces, media pitches, visual assets, and social expression.
- Special event support: Work across Co-Impact to identify the issues, criteria, and opportunities for our external participation in key events to proactively engage with opinion makers, funders, and partners. Create an annual calendar of key opportunities with contacts, themes, logistics, and communication tools needed to support participants.
- Funder/program communications: Serve as the primary editor and author of a suite of day-to-day products and publications that predominantly support the CEO and the philanthropic and program arms of the Co-Impact to deepen awareness, action, and support. Provide guidance, oversight, and quality assurance to the CEO’s office, philanthropy and program teams on content creation.
- Targeted media relations: Work with external vendors to develop media relationships key to advancing Co-Impact’s mission. Produce the necessary talking points, opinions, pieces, media releases, and content to support these efforts.
- Internal communications: Support a culture of understanding around communications and the mission of Co-Impact. Produce internal communications materials as needed, including supporting the CEO’s office and other internal teams with their communications.
- Staff management: Build a cohesive communications team, inspiring passion, and ability to clearly articulate and advocate for Co-Impact’s mission. Serve as both a leader and a mentor, providing the team with opportunities for learning and growth.
- Staff and vendor supervision: Develop an annual work calendar to drive successful execution while providing opportunities for key staff and partners to participate and support the work of communications. Coordinate, oversee and prioritize the work of external vendors to ensure delivery of high-quality services on time and budget.
- Budget tracking and analysis: Create annual budgets and track monthly allocations and adjustments based on needs. Develop the necessary metrics to demonstrate ROI.
- Lead or support other communications projects as necessary.
The overarching responsibility of this role is to effectively capture and communicate about the people and the stories that showcase Co-Impact’s mission, and the work of its funders and partners.
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
Preference will be given to candidates with a passion and understanding of the role of communications in furthering Co-Impact’s global mission to transform key systems and advance gender equality.
The ideal candidate is a seasoned communications professional – graced with diplomacy, creativity, and the ability to lead a team to accomplish set goals. We are looking for a highly organized, self-starter who can juggle multiple projects while keeping an eye on the larger goals of Co-Impact.
Most valued skills: Proven experience in a communication and/or external affairs function, a demonstrated interest in the development and/or the philanthropic sector, and impeccable writing and project management skills.
More specifically, candidates must possess the following:
- P8+ years of proven expertise in leading communications functions, with a preference for those with experience in international development and/or philanthropic communications. We also invite those with transferable communications skills in other sectors to apply.
- Knowledge and experience of communications across countries in the Global South, and preferably established networks and relationships which can be drawn upon.
- Experience in a managerial role. Most welcome will be those who have excelled in an entrepreneurial environment, where good judgment around priorities and thoughtful, superb execution are valued. A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a small team of professional staff and various key initiatives concurrently.
- Highly collaborative style; a natural connector and relationship builder both internally and externally. Must possess intercultural knowledge, global experience, and appreciation, with the ability to interact and communicate effectively within a complex, global organization. We have a strong preference for candidates with experience working and/or living in the Global South and interacting with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to develop ideas and information and transform them into exciting and useful messages targeted to the right audiences through appropriate channels.
- Excellent creative writing/editing and verbal communication skills. Someone who understands the interplay of communications tools and knows how to craft compelling content that sways opinions and actions.
- Excellent project management skills, with the ability to make the right judgments to deliver superior communications products on time and within budget.
- Strong moral compass: personal ethics and integrity must be impeccable.
- Knowledge of the gender equality and global development sectors.
- Fluency in English, with fluency in a second language preferred.
- A university graduate - having a degree in a relevant field, with a preference for journalism and or communications.
- Global flexibility: Given the global nature of the organization working across time zones, a willingness to be flexible with working hours, work remotely, and periodically undertake international travel.
Co-Impact’s compensation philosophy is guided by the following three principles:
- Equity and Fairness: Our approach to compensation and benefits are designed to ensure that our global team is treated equitably regardless of location and without regard to gender, race, or nationality.
- Transparency: We want Co-Impact’s employees to understand our salary structure and to feel confident that they are paid equitably, and potential job applicants to understand how the role for which they are applying will be compensated.
- Accountability: As stewards of the philanthropic resources entrusted to us so that we can support our program partners, we are accountable to our donors and our board, to our staff, and to the public.
In accordance with that philosophy, we include the salary for each position in our job postings; to ensure equity within the organization and for all candidates, we will not negotiate salary or benefits. The salary for this role is US $140,000 per year plus a generous benefits package.
Please apply online by submitting a resume and a one-page cover letter. In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in any of the countries we operate in. We encourage you to apply early. We will begin reviewing applications on December 12, 2022, and close the position once we have established a robust shortlist.
Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview. We also regret that we are unable to participate in informational calls prior to interviews. Thank you for your understanding.