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 disproportionate to our small size in incubating processes that have had a significant influence on global policy, including creation of the leading international platform to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 (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 media strategy and presence; as well as a more strategic approach across all of our programs and audiences. CIC is looking for a talented Associate Director for External Relations and Media. This individual will play a lead role across all strategic communications initiatives for the CIC and partnering programs, with particular attention to its largest program, the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies (Pathfinders). Pathfinders is a multi-stakeholder platform hosted by CIC with its own distinct branding and communications needs. The Associate Director will work with the communications team to mold CIC’s communications strategy, and will be responsible for building up and executing a dedicated outreach strategy to traditional media. He/she will also manage CIC’s institutional communications, including web sites, social media channels, and publications. The Associate Director will creatively transform academic and policy-oriented texts into popular and interesting media messages both for the relevant societal debates and the broader public, with a special focus on outreach to traditional media.
Bachelor's Degree in media, journalism, international affairs or other relevant area of study.
Master's Degree in a relevant field preferred
10+ years experience working in media, journalism, and communications relevant to CIC’s work. Must include experience developing and/or leading communications strategies for a relevant advocacy organization, NGO, or think tank.
Experience working well across teams
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Excellent verbal, writing, networking, pitching, presentation and project management skills. 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
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