Communications and Marketing Officer

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1200 18th St NW
Suite 902
United States



The Communications and Marketing Officer for the World Affairs Councils of America reports to the Chief Operating Officer. S/he coordinates public relations and marketing efforts for WACA national flagship programs – both externally (including media, news stories, issuance of press releases, website updates) and internally (newsletters to member Councils and the national Board of Directors) – and other initiatives to support WACA and the national Council network. In addition, s/he assists in the development and execution of local Council communication pieces to ensure consistent, aligned national messaging.


  • Create, implement, and refine communications and marketing strategy for the WACA National Conference, Academic WorldQuest (AWQ), 1918 Society, and other flagship programs to achieve greatest impact
  • Write and edit regular electronic newsletters and other communications to Council leaders, Board Members, donors, volunteers, and supporters
  • Monitor, audit, update, and maintain WACA website with current information and news updates
  • Develop ways of aggregating and circulating Council news in e-blasts and on WACA website
  • Create and improve marketing collateral for WACA and its programs
  • Develop and steward relationships with media contacts
  • Write and distribute press releases and media alerts on WACA national programs, events, and other newsworthy topics as needed
  • Manage and improve social media, photo, and video communications
  • Support other public relations efforts as needed; assist with reporting on media impressions and impact
  • Assist in the organization's proper utilization of brand standards; develop and maintain the WACA Style Guide
  • Provide logistical support to and attend WACA’s major national events (annual conference, AWQ national competition)
  • Interview, hire, train, and supervise the interns
  • Identify challenges and recommend solutions to Chief Operating Officer; balances competing priorities and works collaboratively with colleagues
  • Adhere to World Affairs Councils of America performance standards, employee policies, and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned


The Communications and Marketing Officer receives supervision from the Chief Operating Officer. S/he exercises supervision over interns.



  • At least a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, International Relations, or similar field. Study abroad experience preferred
  • Supervision experience preferred
  • At least 1-3 years' experience in communications and building relationships with government, business, and/or community members and leaders


  • Ability to write in a creative, descriptive, and factual manner
  • Strong skills with social media and creating graphics
  • Highly professional demeanor and ability to communicate clearly with a wide variety of stakeholders including Council leaders and staff, national Board Members, donors, volunteers, and professional consultants
  • Self-starter ability, taking initiative to tackle new projects and manage current ones with minimal supervision, handling multiple priorities and tasks to succeed in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to liaise and work with others outside the organization – U.S. government, foreign embassies, think tanks, and education/academic institutions – and to build lasting relationships
  • Exemplifies a can-do work ethic and attitude with a passion to advance the organization
  • Ability to maintain consistent, organized, and meticulous records
  • Proficiency/experience with Microsoft Office 365, Constant Contact and other communications/event-marketing services, and media-tracking and content-management platforms
  • Integrity, trustworthiness, flexibility, compassion, and humor are necessary to address the practicalities of a growing nonprofit, along with the creativity and persistence required to elicit new thinking and change

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please submit the following to by October 12, 2018:

1.   Cover letter

2.   Resume

3.   Brief writing sample (2-3 pages max.)