Head of Communications, Center on International Cooperation

Posting Number 2023-12081
Posted Date 4 days ago(5/25/2023 10:08 PM)
Location : Location
US-NY-New York
Hybrid Remote Work Classification
60% to 80% Onsite
Center on International Cooperation (Administration)
Arts and Science (AS1111)
Compensation Grade
Band 53
Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations/Media/Video/Audio

Position Summary

For the past twenty years, the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has been a leading voice on collective
action to solve global challenges. In recent years, we have played a role in incubating processes that have had a
significant influence on global policy, including creation of the leading international platform to advance SDG16 on
peace, justice, and strong institutions; inputs to the reform of the UN; increasing the effectiveness of the UN’s
peacebuilding architecture; track-two diplomacy around the conflict in Afghanistan; and cutting-edge investigative
research on the political economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As an established but fast-growing think tank, the effective communication of ideas is at the core of CIC’s work. It is
time for CIC to move to the next level in communications by developing a more strategic approach across all our
programs and audiences.
The Head of Communications will play a lead role across CIC’s communications, with particular attention to supporting its largest program, the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies. The Pathfinders’ initiative is a multi-stakeholder platform hosted by CIC, but with its own distinct branding and communications needs, and with an objective of raising the communications of the members as much as (or more than) CIC itself. Other CIC programs, including the Congo Research Group, also have distinct branding and communications needs: part of the role of the post will be to support the different entities while ensuring strategic coherence across CIC as a whole.


We are looking for an innovative, experienced, global communications leader and doer who can easily see the policy
relevance of our work, and who can transform academic and policy-oriented texts into popular and interesting media
messages both for relevant societal debates and the broader public. This role calls for a strong vision for communications and a deep network of contacts in traditional and new media, as well as a strategic perspective on using a variety of media channels and platforms to promote our work and messages. The right candidate should be someone with a global perspective who is comfortable both at international and regional levels, in line with our many audiences, and they should be at ease engaging with high-level diplomats, officials, and others. This candidate should also be capable of providing good advice on how to turn narrow/technical ideas, publications, and events into attention-catching messages.


Required Education:
Bachelor's Degree in media, journalism, international affairs or other relevant area of study.

Required Experience:
10+ years experience working in media, journalism, and communications relevant to CIC’s work, or equivalent combination of experience and education. Must include experience developing and/or leading communications strategies for a relevant advocacy organization, NGO, or think tank. Experience developing outcome-focused communications strategies for a relevant international advocacy organization, NGO, or think tank.

Preferred Experience:
Extensive experience in communications and media, with a focus on policy change.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Ability to creatively synthesize complex research and to quickly identify key findings and policy implications for relevant audiences. Exceptional writing, editing, and pitching skills. Possess a strong network with journalists relevant to CIC’s work, with a focus on international media and regional international markets. Good understanding of web functionality (eg WordPress, Drupal) and social media engagement strategies. Knowledge of standard office software. Experienced manager. Skill with managing publications processes from start to finish.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Subject matter expert on international affairs, peace, justice, advocacy, and commitment to issues relevant to CIC’s work. Background in corporate communications/marketing/journalism. Experience working in different contexts/global perspective. Language skills preferred: French, Spanish, Arabic

Additional Information

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is USD $110,000.00 to USD $120,000.00. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. This pay range represents base pay only and excludes any additional items such as incentives, bonuses, clinical compensation, or other items.

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