Managing Director, Communications

About YPFP:

YPFP believes there is an urgent need for NextGen voices to immediately and positively influence today’s critical foreign policy challenges.

Communications Department:

The Communications Department encompasses YPFP’s marketing, public relations, and social media teams. The Department addresses both day-to-day externally facing communication needs of the organization as well as long-term, cross-sectoral strategy.

Position Description:

The Managing Director, Communications serves as a member of YPFP’s Senior Staff and is the primary manager of the Communications Department’s day-to-day operations. He or she also has extensive responsibility in helping the Vice President, Communications guide, create, and implement a strategic vision and long-term plan for the Department.

The successful candidate will display strong leadership skills, with an emphasis on the ability to motivate peers, the capability to think broadly and strategically while remaining attentive to details, possess outstanding communications skills, and show a passion for maintaining YPFP’s reputation in the foreign policy community as a convener and amplifier of NextGen voices, offering outstanding programming and opportunities for NextGen leaders.

The Managing Director, Communications reports directly to the Vice President, Communications.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee department staff and work directly with Vice President and team directors to ensure functions such as social media, marketing materials production, and public relations are supported (this includes filling in crucial day-to-day functions in the absence of any given support staff)

  • Support strategic vision for YPFP's communications activities

  • Monitor and support daily operations and provide reporting on progress toward communications objectives and short, medium, and long term strategic goals

  • Report out on initiatives and needs both formally (senior staff and department meetings) and informally

  • Collaborate with fellow senior staff to ensure that YPFP events, initiatives, and general membership benefits are promoted effectively


  • Based in Washington, DC.

  • Professional experience in international affairs, public relations, strategic communications, and/or strategic planning is preferred.

  • Professional experience managing  press relations is desired.

  • Excellent management skills, demonstrated leadership experience, a track record of personal initiative and detail-oriented project management, and proven ability to lead a volunteer team.

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

  • Ability to attend regular senior staff meetings.

  • Ability to organize department meetings at a minimum of once per month.

  • Highly responsive to email and available for meetings and events on weeknights (after 5:30/6:00pm) and weekends.

  • This position requires a minimum commitment of 15-20 hours per week and the ability to respond to email inquiries within 24 hours under normal circumstances.

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP and located in the greater Washington, DC area. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but must confirm membership to be accepted to the position.

Application Process:

To begin the application process please send a cover letter and your resume to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the subject and heading: MD Communications Application.