The World Conference of Religions for Peace (Religions for Peace) is the world’s largest international multi-religious organization with over 92 national chapters and affiliates (Inter-Religious Councils/IRCs) in over 100 countries. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to multi-religious advocacy and practical actions around peace and security, development and human rights. The annual budget is approximately $3 million dollars, with aspirations to grow the organization to have an annual budget of $25 million within 3 years.
The Director of Communications and Fund Raising is required to enable a dynamic reporting of the organisation’s global efforts, securing systematic, timely and high quality dissemination in national and international media, and generate revenues to support the multi-religious collaboration efforts.
The Director reports directly to the Secretary General (SG) of Religions for Peace. In close consultation with the SG, the Director is responsible for leading all internal and external communications for the secretariat and broader movement (including online, print publications, marketing and branding identity); ensuring (inter)national media relations and coverage; and creating databases on, as well as growing relations with, private/individual, Foundation and international and (inter)governmental donors.
The Director serves on the Senior Management Team, which reviews and formulates policy and institutes strategic plans with the guidance of the Governing Board. The Director supports the SG in liaising with the Governing Board, overseeing Inter-Religious Council communications, and serves as a spokesperson for the organization (if and when mandated).
- Create and implement a Communications Strategy for Religions for Peace in accordance with the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan of the organisation.
- Document and communicate developments, events, and achievements of the Religions for Peace Governance [World Council, Honorary Presidents, and International Trustees], the International Secretariat, its five regional affiliates, its national affiliations, the Global Women of Faith Network, and the Global Youth Network in a timely and effective manner.
- Oversee the management and regular development of the website; employ and expand use of digital media marketing including social networking and online initiatives.
- Oversee development and standardisation of International Secretariat Databases, Directory and Visual Archives. Serve as print production manager for manuals, guides, toolkits, newsletters, calendars, brochures, and other printed materials produced by the Religions for Peace International Secretariat.
- Ensure production and standardization of relevant outreach materials, including newsletters, Reports, and Journal.
- Support Secretary General in creating and implementing regular, targeted communications to governance, institutional donors, as well as high-end and individual donors, with a view to raising resources for the organisation.
Media Relations and Brand Identity
- Manage international and national publicity efforts, including ensuring stories about Religions for Peace movement-wide efforts online, radio, and television press.
- Respond immediately to breaking news related to Religions for Peace’s core mission with news alerts and pitch original story angles and expertise, including drafting press releases, media advisories, and fact sheets.
- Initiate, develop, and facilitate the writing and publication of articles and opinion pieces bylined by the Secretary General and leadership entities.
- Overseeing the use and implementation of organizational graphic standards on an international level.
- Enhance institutional image through publicity, messaging and publications.
- Conduct research and analysis to identify prospective individual High Net Worth Individuals and/or Trustees.
- Support the Secretary General in managing relations with existing Trustees and donor base.
- Build and maintain a donor data base (national/US-based and international) including Foundations, governmental and intergovernmental actors;
- Closely monitor emerging funding opportunities and draft relevant proposals in consultation and collaboration with Senior Management Team and Officers.
- Provides other support and management as requested by the Secretary General, in all relevant areas of communications and fund-raising.
- 5-10 years progressively responsible experience managing communications, donor relations and fund-raising functions;
- Demonstrated excellence in diplomatic, research and writing skills.
- Demonstrated track record in communications and resource mobilization.
- BA and MBA (or relevant graduate level degree) required.
- A proficiency in written and spoken French and/or Spanish, is preferable.
The incumbent will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in an organization that places a high value on intercultural and international relationships, and works in a highly collaborative manner, often also under pressure of time and resources.
Religions for Peace provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.