Refugee Congress is seeking an experienced Communications and Advocacy Manager with a strong commitment to our mission who will work closely with Delegates, Committees, Caucuses, the Board of Directors, and staff to develop and implement strategic communications and advocacy initiatives that raise the profile of the organization and further its vision that refugees and asylees are equal partners at decision-making tables impacting their communities.
The Communications and Advocacy Manager will have overall responsibility for rapid-response communication, online communications (social media, websites, e-newsletters), media relations, and advocacy campaigns, with a focus on highlighting the voices of individuals with lived experience. Candidates who have lived experience with forced displacement are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Write/create a range of communications materials, including press statements, e-newsletters, blog posts, op-eds, social media toolkits, and basic graphics and videos;
- Manage the organization’s social media accounts, including regularly monitoring and posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn;
- Update and manage the Refugee Congress website using SquareSpace, and coordinate with a contracted web designer on website maintenance and updates;
- Oversee a rebranding effort involving updates to the organization's logo, website, and other branded materials;
- Respond to media inquiries, and maintain and build new media contacts;
- Serve as the staff liaison for the Refugee Congress Advocacy & Communications Committee, including coordinating with committee leadership, preparing meeting agendas and minutes, assisting with monthly committee meetings, and following up on initiatives and projects;
- Work closely with the Member Engagement and Leadership Development Manager to identify Delegate, committee, and caucus communications needs, and provide communications support to Delegates, committees, and caucuses;
- Plan and coordinate periodic virtual and in-person events (including fundraising events);
- Support Refugee Congress Delegates with local media activities, including pitching stories to local media, writing and pitching op-eds, and organizing media and communications-related trainings;
- Coordinate Refugee Congress involvement in national advocacy campaigns involving outreach and meetings with Members of Congress, and support Refugee Congress Delegates in local and state advocacy;
- Create benchmarks for measuring success of communications goals, and grow the use of data collection for evaluation and reporting purposes;
- Work with other staff members and consultants to design and implement fundraising campaigns and/or materials;
- Provide communications and other support for the Refugee Storytellers Collective;
- Regularly attend coalition meetings and collaborate with coalition members and partner organizations to plan and execute communications and advocacy initiatives;
- Meet weekly with other members of the Refugee Congress staff and collaborate with external consultants and partner organizations;
- Other duties as assigned.
Recommended Skills, Experience, Qualities
Successful candidates should have:
- Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field
- Demonstrated professional experience in communications or public relations, with knowledge of advocacy and/or policy strongly preferred
- Enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment, and experience working as part of a cross-cultural team spread across the U.S.
- Lived experience with forced displacement and/or strong commitment to refugee resettlement and asylum protections and passionate about the mission of Refugee Congress, to uplight the voices of refugee and asylee leaders
- Fluency in English required; knowledge of additional languages a plus
- Excellent writing skills, with ability to write/create strong and compelling press releases, blog posts, social media posts, and other communications materials on a quick turnaround with a focus on highlighting refugee and asylee voices
- Experience creating strategic communications plans, including branding and messaging
- Experience building and fostering media contacts
- Experience with grassroots fundraising and/or fundraising events, or interest in learning
- Ability to juggle and plan multiple projects concurrently and often under tight or changing deadlines
- Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, sometimes shifting work hours to evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of volunteers and across time zones
Successful candidates should have familiarity with or willingness to learn a number of programs including:
- Basic graphic design using Canva and/or Adobe
- SquareSpace, WordPress, ConstantContact, MailChimp, or other website and email subscription programs
- Databases and project management tools such as AirTable
Location: This is a remote position (Washington, DC area strongly preferred). Work may be performed anywhere in the U.S., with occasional domestic travel required.
Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000 with full benefits
Commitment to Diversity in Hiring: Refugee Congress’ 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Church World Service, is an equal opportunity employer and places importance on creating a team that reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve. This position is technically an employee of Refugee Congress’ fiscal sponsor, Church World Service. People with refugee, asylee, or immigrant backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
To Apply: Send cover letter, writing sample (preferably a press release, article, or recent publication), and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2022. Please use the subject line “Application for Communications Manager.”