Vice President, 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 Vice President, Communications serves as a member of YPFP’s Senior Staff and leads the Communications Department. He or she has extensive responsibility for guiding, creating, and implementing 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 Vice President, Communications reports directly to the Senior Vice President, Operations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee department staff and work directly with a Managing Director 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)

  • Direct strategic vision for YPFP's communications activities

  • Monitor 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 goal-oriented strategic leadership, and proven ability to lead a volunteer team.

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

  • Ability to attend regular senior staff meetings.

  • Ability to lead and 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 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: VP Communications Application.