Social Media Specialist, 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

As part of the communications team, the Social Media Specialist is responsible for executing YPFP’s social media strategy. The position reports directly to the Communications Director, and entails working closely with other communications staff, event managers, and special projects staff as well as collaborating with other departments at YPFP. Daily responsibilities include working with communications team to create social media strategies around YPFP NY events to increase awareness and event promotion, interacting with existing and potential members through social media, promoting general member engagement, and managing YPFP NY’s social media accounts.

  • Informs overall communications strategy with social media tactical plan, coordinating with relevant staff on content development and timing of posts.

  • Utilizes social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other emerging media platforms to engage existing members and social media participants as well as to attract new members. (i.e. posting engaging questions, responding to member inquiries, etc.).

  • Contributes to team effort of promoting YPFP NY events and publications through our social media channels.

  • Ability to work remotely and on a flexible schedule is important, as YPFP NY does not have a physical office, and social media output must often be aligned with the timing of events, promotions, coverage, etc.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Avid user of popular social media platforms with knowledge of trends, key words, etc.

  • Experience in developing and implementing a social media strategy for a non-profit organization desired, but not required.

  • Excellent time-management skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, strong networking skills, ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail.

Eligibility and Selection

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role. Candidates need not be based in New York to apply. 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 “Social Media Specialist Application.”