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Social Media Specialist

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

  • Research, expand and monitor YPFP’s presence on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and new priority channels to be pursued including Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and possible others, including active engagement with priority audiences, especially influencer accounts

  • Draft and proofread social media updates for YPFP’s channels in a 30-, 60-, and 90-day rolling editorial campaign developed in close collaboration with the Editor in Chief

  • Design and implement social media campaigns and verticals, including for YPFP New York’s 10th Anniversary in 2017

  • Work in close collaboration with Social Media specialists in other YPFP branches to build and share knowledge

The Social Media Specialist will develop periodic trainings for all staff, particularly the Communications Team, to increase their skills related to the different uses of and best practices regarding social media.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Communications, International Relations or related field

  • Relevant experience at the national or international level in digital media, journalism, communications or related field

  • Experience in managing social media channels, preferably for a global non profit

  • Proven track record in creating social media campaigns and content for non profit

  • Experience in training peers and knowledge management highly desirable

  • Experience using graphic editing software desirable

  • Experience in using knowledge management tools and systems

  • 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 - Social Media Specialist”.