Friday, August 7, 2015

Communications and Marketing Officer Position for Recent Grad with World Affairs Councils of America

The Communications and Marketing Officer for the World Affairs Councils of America reports to the President and CEO. 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.
  • Develop, implement, and refine communications and marketing strategy for the WACA National Conference, Academic WorldQuest, 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 Web site with current information and news updates
  • Develop ways of aggregating and circulating Council news in e-blasts and on WACA Web site
  • Improve and create marketing collaterals for 1918 Society (WACA donor/leadership circle)
  • 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
  • Identify challenges and recommend solutions to President and CEO; balances competing priorities and works collaboratively with colleagues
  • Adhere to World Affairs Councils of America performance standards, employee policies, and procedures
  • Provide logistical support to and attend WACA’s major national events (annual conference, AWQ national competition)
  • Other duties as assigned.
The Communications and Marketing Officer receives supervision from the President and CEO. S/he exercises supervision over interns.


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

  • Ability to write in a creative, descriptive, and factual manner
  • Highly professional demeanor and ability to communicate clearly with a wide variety of constituents including Council leaders and staff, national Board members, donors, volunteers, and professional consultants
  • Self-starting ability to manage projects 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 - to build lasting relationships
  • Exemplifies a can-do work ethic and attitude with a passion to advance the organization
  • Strong skills with social media
  • Ability to maintain meticulous records
  • Proficiency/experience with Microsoft Office Suite, 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.
Apply by August 20.