Associate Director Communications, Latin America
Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Reporting to the Director of Latin America Initiatives, the Associate Director serves as the principal communication strategist and supports the Women’s Equality Center’s operations across the Latin America region.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
- Monitor developments across the region for opportunities, challenges, and threats related to reproductive rights, health, and justice, seeking to identify areas in which WEC’s involvement and collaboration with organizations and individuals on integrated policy and strategic communications campaigns could catalyze significant progress or serve critical defensive roles.
- In coordination with the WEC Latin America team, develop and execute messaging and communications strategies that will deepen the impact of organizational goals, including the development of strategic communications plans, robust analyses of the media, and public opinion landscape in target regions, countries, and localities and detailed proposals for tactics.
- Facilitate and/or help execute digital communications strategies, including: content creation for web, social media and email programs; social media community management; and advocacy actions across all digital platforms.
- Build and foster long-term working relationships with partner organizations, allies and other key media players, including building relationships with professional counterparts in other professional organizations, advocacy organizations, and other community organizations.
- Design and develop social/digital media strategies and messaging; including social media toolkits and call to action initiatives.
- Participate in the development of the strategic direction and culture of the organization overall and of the Latin America program.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications or a related discipline.
- Five years of experience or more years of professional experience in digital strategy and/strategic communications focused on advancing progressive policy, influencing public opinion and catalyzing action on issues of reproductive health/rights/justice.
- Demonstrated experience in digital strategy and implementation, including social media and email campaigns, preferably in Latin America.
- Broad and deep knowledge and understanding of the Latin America region, including insight into the politics, public opinion landscape and coalition dynamics of key countries with regard to issues of reproductive and social justice.
- Experience working with and managing work streams and relationships with consultants.
- Experience developing content for a variety of materials (e.g. social media messages, online advocacy materials and toolkits, and advocacy emails, website features and articles, and advocacy resources).
- Strong technical skills in digital marketing.
- Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skill.
- Fluency in Spanish and English, including strong verbal and written abilities in both languages.
- Demonstrated international experience and expertise, including experience living and working at the field level in Latin America.
- Previous experience in political work (campaign or otherwise), or other unpredictable fast-paced environments is a plus.
- Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time.
- Exceptionally strategic in terms of both the big picture and the little, quirky details of complicated issues and the people who work on them.
- Extremely well-organized, detail-oriented and analytical.
- Self-disciplined; comfortable in an autonomous work environment and takes initiative.
- Collaborative by default, open to constructive criticism and compromise.
- Bold, visionary, and wide-ranging in thinking, with a willingness and ability to diplomatically challenge conventional wisdom when breakthroughs are needed.
- Decisive and willing to take risks when needed to get things done.
- Clear, direct, thoughtful, empathetic, and real in communications with all people.
- Collaborative and comfortable in an organizational culture that consensus and collective effort over top-down, hierarchical ways of working and communicating.
- Aggressive in the pursuit of self-education and improvement and an avid follower of current events and culture, with a quick wit and wicked sense of humor and a commitment to maintaining a lively, dynamic, respectful, energetic, enthusiastic, positive, and fun organizational culture. A solid list of go-to karaoke songs is appreciated, but not required.
About the Women’s Equality Center (Very Important — Please Read)
The Women’s Equality Center provides strategic communications and campaign support to the reproductive health, rights, and justice field at all levels, developing long-term, big-picture messaging frameworks around emerging issues and complementing and strengthening the work of organizations in the US and Latin America via grants, integrated policy and communications campaigns, and rapid-response operations.
We’re an unusual organization, and this is an unusual role. WEC is a highly collaborative environment in which we keep structure, hierarchy, and reporting lines intentionally loose and the boundaries between roles flexible to ensure that we’re bringing the full range of expertise, experience, and perspective of every team member to the strategies we’re developing and work we’re doing. Everyone does a little bit of everything here. There will be days when you’re working up a grand strategy for a massive campaign we’re planning, and there will be days when you’re writing and editing tweets. (And on many days, you’ll do both, and a lot of other things in between.)
And though the title of this particular role is “associate director,” you’ll be working alongside other staff members with similar titles, plus a couple campaign managers, and a bunch of consultants from agencies that have their own organizational structures and lines of communication. Point is, while you’ll have a lot of responsibility — and huge opportunities to do vast, epic, potentially history-making things — you won’t be a big boss, and you’ll need to come into the organization being really comfortable with that. We’ve worked very hard to establish an organizational culture based on collaboration, candor, transparency, and a great deal of mutual respect and trust. We take it very seriously, and we will need you to as well.
New Venture Fund Careers
The Women’s Equality Center is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Competitive benefits package
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish and English, including strong verbal and written abilities in both languages.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Send resumé and cover letter to Paula Avila-Guillén, Director of Latin American Initiatives at the Women’s Equality Center, at HR@womensequalitycenter.org, using the following subject line format “Last Name, First Name_Associate Director Communications”. There is an additional, short application for employment through the New Venture Fund that must also be completed, to which we’ll send you a link when we have your other materials in hand.