Communications Officer

Job Description

Do you want to change the world by putting people and planet at the center of how countries plan their future development? We do. We are the Social Progress Imperative, a Washington, DC -based nonprofit that is providing actionable information to government, business and civil society on how to make sure that development means not just economic growth but better lives for millions of people. In April 2013 we launched the Social Progress Index, an assessment of the social and environmental performance of 50 countries designed by Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. You can read all about in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Voice of America and The Guardian, or listen to Professor Porter talk about it on BBC Radio. We are now rolling the index out across the world, working with leaders and grassroots champions to identify the policies, programs and initiatives that will improve the lives of citizens. In 2014 we will present the second Social Progress Index, covering even more countries.We are a small team of six people, centered in Washington DC but with half the team currently working remotely. Following our successful launch, we are now looking to expand our capacity to meet the phenomenal response. With the generous support of our sponsors—Avina Foundation, Cisco, Compartamos, Deloitte and Skoll Foundation—we are looking for outstanding individuals to join our team.The Communications Officer will support our Director of Communications and Outreach to present the information in the Social Progress Index in ways that are striking and engaging to a diverse global audience. The Communications Officer will provide layout, graphic design and illustration services, and create figures, charts and graphics for use in Social Progress Imperative presentations and social media campaigns; and secondarily provide design and layout of print publications, including reports, fact-sheets, brochures and other miscellaneous printed and electronic items. There may be occasional opportunity to contribute to video or web projects, but this is not a video or coding position. Competitive candidates will be at ease producing financial-style data-intense charts, visually complex brochures and reports, non-quantitative graphics and products that leverage data to engage emotions.The Communications Officer will both use existing brand templates and palettes, and also create new standards for a variety of print and electronic products, including complex reports, whitepapers, brochures, presentations (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezi) as well as standalone images/infographics to be used in social media campaigns. Candidate must have thorough knowledge of Adobe Photoshop InDesign and Illustrator, or equivalent tools, and excellent visual communication skills with exceptional creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, team spirit, commitment and professionalism. The ability to meet tough deadlines and juggle multiple projects is a must.The incumbent will have broad latitude to creatively execute or contribute to various strategic communications projects, with success to be measured through both external and internal feedback. In addition to the main focus of the position to support the organization as it communicates with external audiences, there will also be regular opportunities to help facilitate communication within the formal organization and within the global network of local partner organizations in a growing list of countries.The Communications Officer will be expected to become familiar with competitor and peer organizations’ communications products and create Social Progress Imperative products that communicate a comparably professional and appealing image while conveying visual distinction from those efforts. The Communications Officer will play a critical role in ensuring that various products produced by the organization and network of allies meet the standards established by the organization while also adding value by creatively applying those standards to new products. Expected work will include both multi-week projects (e.g., layout of annual data-intensive report) and other projects requiring turnaround of less than one day. The work will on occasion (once or twice a year) require unusually long hours for up to two or three days at a time, and will occasionally require work over the weekend.Candidate must present online portfolio of work that shows versatile design aesthetic and examples of innovative and thoughtful design.This position is not a supervisory position.Job Posting Date: June 23, 2013

Job Closing Date: July 7, 2013

Job Responsibilities

  • Work from organization-approved standards and exemplars to create a variety of communications products for electronic and print distribution.
  • Help to develop new standards and templates for new categories of images and products.
  • Maintain and expand an organized library of figures, charts and illustrations to be used by others in the organization; assist staff and leadership to identify existing or create new images that meet communications needs as they arise.
  • Work directly and indirectly with employees, management, partners and board to create images on-demand, interpreting expressed needs and working from official datasets.
  • Suggest and create new categories of visuals and products to increase the ability of the organization and network to influence important audiences.
  • Create graphics that are of interest to journalists and other influencers to publish/promote.
  • Work with staff and partners to create customized visuals that are likely to be of interest in particular countries and to particular audiences.
  • Work with Director of Communications and Outreach and others to plan content calendars and articulate and execute a sustainable annual plan for content creation and release.
  • Design visually appealing factsheets and handouts in support of Social Progress Imperative publications.
  • Create graphics for use in Social Progress Imperative Prezi and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Participate in other tasks and projects as needed during the early years of a startup organization to guarantee its overall success.
  • Interact with counterparts at network and sponsor organizations to create co-branded materials that meet requirements of all relevant organizations.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Communications or other relevant field.
  • 2-3 years of relevant paid full-time experience, including significant experience designing original products communicating quantitative datasets and significant experience working from templates and palettes created by others.
  • Experience using DeltaGraph or equivalent software to produce charts of quantitative datasets.
  • Competency with standard graphics and layout applications (Adobe Creative Suite, including PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator strongly preferred), as well as deep facility and sincere interest to learn new technologies.
  • Entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit, respectful of and curious about other cultures.
  • Willingness to work in a startup environment in which roles, priorities and plans are still evolving.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.

The most competitive candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Experience optimizing images and documents for distribution online and through particular social media channels.
  • Experience creating graphics for use in social media campaigns.
  • Experience creating graphics for consumption by audiences in multiple countries.
  • Experience working internationally.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

Though not required for serious consideration of candidates, exceptional candidates will have the qualifications mentioned above as well as:

  • The demonstrated ability to create illustrations to represent economic development and social entrepreneurship themes and stories.
  • Foreign language skills (particularly Spanish) and experience creating visuals containing non-English text.

Other Information

Salary: Competitive nonprofit salary based on experienceLocation: Negotiable. Washington, DC strongly preferred but serious consideration will be given to other locations for exceptional candidates.Anticipated start date: Negotiable

How To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and design portfolio as attachments or link, to before midnight on Sunday 30th June. The interview and selection process will take place in Washington, DC during the week commencing 15th July. Social Progress Imperative will cover candidates’ reasonable travel expenses as needed.The Social Progress Imperative is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school or adult education.