Senior Communications Officer

Location:  Washington, DC

POSITION SUMMARY:      

The Senior Communications Officer (SCO) will play a lead role with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) communications team. He/she will be part of a growing team launching impactful campaigns and exploring new storytelling mediums and methods. The SCO will work with the Chief of Communications and Campaigns to manage day-to-day communications activities and develop compelling messaging, content and storylines.

The ideal candidate for the SCO position will be enthusiastic about the promise of open government approaches and entrepreneurial in telling an impactful and consistent story. He/she should have familiarity with multiple communication channels and the curiosity to explore new ones. He/she should prioritize diversity and inclusion and strive to include as many voices as possible in ongoing work.

The SCO will have specific responsibility and oversight responsibility for OGP’s blog, storytelling platforms, specific social media properties, newsletter and other content as required. She/he will also manage an organization-wide editorial process and daily workflow of the communications team.

The SCO is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete assignments and related tasks on schedule.

The position will require international travel approximately three to four times per year.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of communications activities, including monitoring workflow, tracking deliverables, managing editorial calendar, maintaining strong relationships with cross-agency teams and overseeing one junior program officer.  30%
  • Oversee/improve OGP content and creative production, including the blog, newsletter, video production, infographics, and other related products and channels.  30%
  • Manage the OGP stories portal and pipeline, including developing clear distribution strategies for OGP stories through appropriate storytelling platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Medium, OGPstories.org, partnerships and other channels as appropriate.  30%
  • Participate in communications planning and execution, including weekly meetings managing contracts, freelancers, agencies and partners, contributing to team goals and contributing to monthly analytics and message report. 10%

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Foreign Affairs, Government or another relevant field     
  • 7-10 years communications experience, particularly with a progressive non-profit forward leaning public affairs agency or government.  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent organization and team management skills
  • Proven creative and impactful storyteller
  • Strong writing and editing abilities
  • Experience developing creative concepts  
  • Experience with video production, photo editing and content creation
  • Familiarity with and use of all mainstream social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Medium, Flickr, etc.) in a professional context     
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal communication abilities
  • Collaborative and positive attitude  
  • Ability to work in a distributed team and independently in an international, startup environment, meeting tight deadlines and multiple priorities with minimal supervision

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

The SCO will report to the OGP Chief of Communications and Campaigns and work collaboratively with three other Communications Officers, as well as members of other OGP teams. The will supervise one junior level staff member.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

International travel may be required three to four times per year.

DETAILS ON HOW TO APPLY:

  • This position is based in Washington, DC.
  • The selected individual must have the legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Please submit a cover letter and current CV as attachments to jobs@opengovpartnership.org (please add "Senior Communications Office" to the subject of your email).
  • To be considered for the position, interested candidates should submit required application materials by September 4, 2018.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Office is handicapped accessible and located close to public transportation. Work space is open plan and shared with other organizations. Occasional travel may be required to OGP events/meetings via long-haul flights in economy class.

Open Government Partnership is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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