RefuSHE protects, nurtures, educates, and empowers young refugee women and girls in East Africa through a unique holistic model that provides shelter, education, case management, counseling, childcare, legal advocacy, and vocational training. RefuSHE’s holistic program meets the imminent and longer-term needs of unaccompanied, separated and orphaned refugee girls, young women, and their children.
Founded in 2008, RefuSHE is a global nonprofit with headquarters in Chicago and operations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the first and only organization dedicated to refugee girls in East Africa. Today, RefuSHE is poised for strategic growth and scale. We are looking for someone who has a passion for social change, aspires to use their talent for good, and thrives in fast-pace growth environments.
RefuSHE is looking for an experienced, forward-thinking External Relations Officer to develop and lead RefuSHE’s overall external relations strategy and implementation to help further RefuSHE’s mission.
RefuSHE is looking for an experienced, social sector-focused, visionary storyteller, communications, and event planner to step into our newly created External Relations Officer role.
S/he will lead the creation and execution of a strategy that is consistent with and elevates our organization as a leading institution and global thought-leader in the field of refugee and women and girl protection.
The ideal candidate is ready to combine their passions for communications, marketing, and public relations with their passion and knowledge of issues related to women and girls, social enterprise, and refugees. This person will be instrumental in taking our brand to the next level in order to garner new, additional support and funding globally and in the U.S. There is flexibility to either join the team as a Consultant/Contractor or as a full-time employee if it is a mutual fit.
S/he will work directly with RefuSHE’s leadership team in both in the US and Kenya while collaborating across divisions (both in the US & Kenya) for content.
This position will also be responsible for planning and executing RefuSHE’s largest event, the annual Fashion Challenge. This person will support planning for other events on an as-needed basis. The ideal candidate will have a strong event management and planning background.
External Relations & Communications
Marketing Artisan Collective Products
Major Event Planning
Expectations & Compensation
Travel to Kenya at least once a year may be required. All international travel is currently on hold and will be resumed at a later date once safety concerns regarding COVID have diminished.
Salary commensurate with experience; RefuSHE offers a competitive benefits package, inclusive of flexible paid time off, medical (health, dental, vision) insurance, and 401(k).
Willing to consider position as full-time or contract.
Preferred Location(s): Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, or Washington, DC (some flexibility on other locations)
Start Date: October 1, 2020
How to Apply
To apply please send your resume, cover letter, and a 1-2-page writing sample to Mary Henneberry at mhenneberry(at)refuSHE.org with “External Relations Officer – (Your Name)” in the subject line.
Applications will be considered incomplete without the submission of all three requirements.
RefuSHE is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.
RefuSHE protects, nurtures, educates, and empowers young refugee women and girls in East Africa through a unique holistic model that provides shelter, education, case management, counseling, childcare, legal advocacy, and…