Deputy Communications Director

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

About YPFP

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected 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 internal and external communications, including:

  • Event promotion, coverage and follow-up

  • Website management

  • Advertisement and marketing to prospective new members

  • Content creation and marketing

  • Internal communications and knowledge management

The Team aims to use the latest tools, platforms and best practices to foster the vision and mission of YPFP, by ensuring effective and efficient sharing of information with, and provoking and fostering thought leadership and debate among internal audiences, members, stakeholders and the general public.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Communications Director, the Deputy Communications Director supports the Communications Director on all aspects of group management and operations, and shares management responsibility for the Team. He or she works across YPFP to develop and implement communications strategy and planning, manages the development and implementation of major advocacy/media/outreach projects and campaigns, and helps ensure effective management of the Communications Team, including liaisons with other teams of YPFP NY and other Communications Staff in sister YPFP cities.

The Deputy Communications Director will work with the Communications Director in developing periodic trainings for all staff, particularly the Communications Team, to increase their skills related to vision, mission, leadership, management, organization, and productivity.

In addition, the Deputy Communications Director will take on his/her share of the overall team responsibilities including staffing and attending events and staff meetings.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in communications, journalism or other relevant field

  • Proven professional experience in communications, journalism, advocacy, or campaigns with increasing responsibilities in administration and management, with a demonstrated track record of successfully managing multiple people, processes and projects in a complex environment

  • Proven excellence in people management is a core requirement of this position

  • Proven ability to effectively manage communications initiatives and campaigns, with particular experience on issues related to new communications technologies, branding and marketing, outreach to diverse audiences, customer relations; and a proven track record of success in generating and garnering media coverage for foreign policy issues

  • Demonstrated planning and organization skills to effectively implement strategic communications plans and deliver results

  • Experience with YPFP highly desirable

  • 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 up-to-date resumé and a cover letter (1000 words maximum), detailing your qualifications for the positions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to simon.vanwoerden@ypfp.org under the subject “Application - Deputy Communications Director” no later than October 26, 5:00PM EST.