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Director of Communications (New York)

Please note that all YPFP New York staff positions are unpaid and on a volunteer basis.  

About YPFP
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) YPFP engages, builds, and amplifies NextGen voices to advance innovative solutions to global challenges. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 20,000+ members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies. 

About the Team
The Communications Team at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy New York (YPFP NY) is responsible for all matters related to the organization’s internal and external communications, including:

  • Event promotion, coverage and follow-up
  • Website management, content creation, and marketing
  • Promotions and marketing to prospective new members
  • Internal communications and information sharing amongst teams and staff
  • Writing, editing, managing, and publishing content for Emerging Voices, YPFP NY’s blog
  • Meeting documentation including creating and distributing agendas in advance of meetings, and recording, distributing, and filing minutes in a timely manner.

The Communications Team aims to ensure effective and efficient information-sharing with internal audiences, members, stakeholders and the general public so that YPFP NY is well represented in the foreign policy community, and so that the organization continues to thrive and grow over time. We have communications staff dedicated to editorial content development, social media, communications technology, and membership engagement and development. The Communications Director works with each of these team members to ensure effective execution of communications strategy and planning.

Tasks and Responsibilities
The Communications Director is responsible for the strategic direction of the Communications Team, and works closely with the Deputy Communications Director on day-to-day implementation of the Communications Team’s management and operations. He / she will work closely together to ensure that all tasks are assigned to communications team members, support is given where needed, and follow through happens to ensure task completion.

  • Work to refine and tweak overarching communications strategy and planning.
  • Ensure Deputy Communications Director is successful in the tactical implementation of strategy on day-to-day level, working with Communications Team staff to execute plans.
  • Assign Communications Team staff to events / editorial pieces each week, so that promotion and / or coverage is published in timely manner.
  • Attend and report team status updates during quarterly All Staff meetings.
  • Schedule and lead Communications Team meetings.
  • Represent Communications Team at events whenever possible.
  • Obtain regular reports from team staff on progress and needs.
  • Other responsibilities as may be necessary to deliver on YPFP’s strategic global and local objectives.
  • Ability to work remotely and on a flexible schedule is important, as YPFP NY does not have a physical office, and communications output must often be aligned with the timing of events, promotions, coverage, etc.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to manage projects and people is a core requirement of this position; the successful candidate will be detail-oriented, proactive, keen on deadlines, and know how to work with and motivate staff to execute their respective responsibilities.
  • Understanding of marketing, promotional planning, and public relations field highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated planning and organization skills to effectively implement strategic communications plans and deliver results.
  • Experience with YPFP highly desirable.
  • Interest, degree, or professional experience in communications, journalism or other relevant field a plus but not required.
  • Interest or experience in foreign policy is a must.

This position requires a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one year commitment to the role. Please note that you are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but you will be required to confirm membership to be accepted.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your updated resumé and a cover letter (1000 words maximum) to katherine.kokkinos@ypfp.org under the subject “Communications Director Application.”