Deputy Communications Director, New York

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

About YPFP

YPFP is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders and increasing NextGen voices in debates about global issues by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical international challenges now and over the course of their careers.

YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 15,000+ 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
  • Advertisement and marketing to prospective new members
  • Internal communications and information sharing amongst teams and staff
  • 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 Deputy Communications Director works with each of these team members and the Communications Director to ensure effective execution of communications strategy and planning.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Deputy Communications Director is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Communications Team’s management and operations. He / she will work closely with the Communications Director 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 with Communications Director on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensure 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 a timely manner.
  • Attend quarterly All Staff meetings, and occasionally report team status updates if Communications Director is not present.
  • Attend monthly team and editorial meetings.
  • Represent Communications Team at events whenever possible, especially when Communications Director is unable to attend.
  • 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.
  • 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 another relevant field a plus but not required.
  • Interest or experience in foreign policy is a must.

This position requires a time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role. 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 up-to-date resumé and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the positions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to katherine.kokkinos@ypfp.org under the subject “Deputy Communications Director Application."