Special Assistant, Network Communications

Job Type

Full Time

Published

11/01/2018

Application Deadline

11/30/2018

Address

1919 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington
District of Columbia
20006
United States

Description

Special Assistant, Network Communications, based in Washington DC


Finn Church Aid Americas, (FCAA) Inc. supports and promotes Finn Church Aid (FCA) Foundation, Finland’s largest development agency and humanitarian provider, in North America. FCAA is an advisory working group member of The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (the Network), a community of peacemakers ranging from grassroots religious and traditional actors to international NGOs, think tanks, and academic institutions that strengthen peacemaking through collaboratively supporting the positive role of religious and traditional actors in peace and peacebuilding processes.


POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the executive director of the Network, the Special Assistant, Network Communications will support the communication needs of the Network and will provide administrative support to its executive director. Additionally, the Special Assistant, Network Communications will be the focal point for Finn Church Aid’s communications Department based in Helsinki. The position requires excellent organizational skills, writing skills, and the ability to pay close attention to details and take initiative.


Overall Responsibilities

· Develop, support, and promote organizational goals, including message development, social media content creation, and media outreach

· Identify target audiences and create strategies to effectively engage them

· Develop promotional materials that increase the Network’s visibility

· Ensure digital marketing content aligns with the Network’s identity and assist with campaigns as needed

· Build and maintain relationships with key contacts within multilateral international institutions, US government institutions, relevant media, faith-based and civil society NGOs, media, and Network partner organizations

· Broaden organizational reach and deepen community engagement as communications liaison to Network members

· Provide administrative and logistical support to the director


Communications Support

· Work with staff to implement a strategic communications plan

· Oversee annual editorial calendar and communications, disseminating Network related stories from news sources, members, etc., to advance the Network’s mission and programs

· Draft and copyedit internal and external communications/promotional materials, including but not limited to: high-level formal letters, email correspondence, reports, one-pagers, internal and external presentations, monthly newsletters, press releases, and event summaries

· Implement communications plans to include media outreach, social media, web presence, conference speaking engagements, and events and provide on-site support as needed

· Maintain the Network’s social media accounts to market programs and events, raise awareness of the Network’s mission, and engage the community of practice.

· Work as the primary point person between the Network’s website platform provider and update www.peacemakersnetwork.org in cooperation with the Network UN Office in New York

· Work with FCA Finland’s Communications Department to assist with posting content to the FCA website and social media channels

· Film video interviews, greetings, etc. and take photographs as needed

· Collaborate with graphic designers to produce strategic print, web, email, social media, and communications to ensure effective outreach

· Support communication between and across Network members and partners

· Report on communication effectiveness through surveys, data analytics, and market segmentation


Administrative Support

  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the director with travel, calendar support, meeting logistics, and support for member interactions
  • Code and reconcile procurement cards, organize receipts, prepare Travel Expense Reimbursement forms, and check/reimbursement payment order forms for the director
  • Assist with meeting logistics by reserving conference rooms, booking catering, drafting meeting materials, and collecting correspondence
  • Organize and file meeting notes and other written material as appropriate
  • Coordinate itineraries and arrange travel meetings for visiting Network staff and delegations as needed; provide preparatory support materials for visitors to the Washington office as well as staffing support to visitors upon arrival and
  • Support Network staff in organizing US-based and international trainings, conferences, and high-level events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Network.


Education/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in journalism or other related field (e.g.: communications, public relations, international development or peace studies)
  • Two-to-three years of communications experience in a fast-paced, challenging nonprofit work environment
  • Understanding of how to effectively communicate peace work and experience in project work
  • Proven problem solving and strategic planning capability with creative skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge and experience in peace sector is helpful
  • Sensitivity to differences in culture and nationality with the ability to work closely with colleagues from across the world with a range of professional backgrounds
  • Availability to work unpredictable and exceptional hours
  • Availability to travel domestically and internationally, with potential to high-risk areas
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Working knowledge of Finnish seen as an asset; however, not required


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team, with capacity to receive and accept constructive feedback, take initiative and proactively manage work, and demonstrate solid problem-solving skills. Sound organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines under pressure is essential. Must be able to quickly grasp and accurately implement conceptual plans in a timely manner with attention to detail. Excellent English verbal and written communication skills a must, with proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Must be an outgoing team player who enjoys helping others. Sense of humor, positive attitude, and commitment to FCAA and the Network’s missions are a plus.


Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to fca.americas@kua.fi. Applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview on a progressive basis until the position is filled.


Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest organization for development cooperation and second largest provider of humanitarian assistance. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education.


FCA Americas is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. Successful completion of a background investigation is required.



About Finn Church Aid Americas, Inc.:

Finn Church Aid Americas (FCA Americas) is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC established to represent and support Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) global work. FCA is Finland’s largest development agency and provider of humanitarian aid, with over 70 years of experience working in conflict and fragile states in over 15 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

fca.americas@kua.fi
https://www.peacemakersnetwork.org/

Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to fca.americas@kua.fi. Applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview on a progressive basis.


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