Lumos, an international NGO founded by J.K.Rowling, helps the 8 million children currently in orphanages regain their right to a family life. At least 80% of these children are not orphans but are separated from their families primarily by poverty and disability. Orphanages deprive children of loving families and put them at risk of impaired physical, intellectual and emotional development. Lumos supports countries in reforming child care and protection systems, focusing on the health, education, and social care services that keep families together.
Lumos works with the UN, the EU, the US Government, and the World Bank, focusing particularly on international aid as a driver of reform. It supports governments with expertise and skills, ranging from interventions to save the lives of children facing premature death to technical support on how to use complex financial mechanisms to ensure limited resources are used to achieve reform. Lumos has teams in Moldova, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Haiti, and Colombia, as well as offices in Brussels and New York. Lumos has demonstrated successfully that deinstitutionalization is achievable for every child.
The Position: The Associate Communications Director is responsible for the development and delivery of the US elements of Lumos’ global press and communications strategy. The key objective is to increase the profile of Lumos, its programs and the wider issue of children in orphanages. This will be delivered through targeted engagement with the media and the development of communications projects. The Associate Communications Director will work to priorities set by the London-based Director of Marketing & Communications, who leads global communications strategy. They will create communications plans, build relationships with journalists, develop messages, brief spokespeople and deliver a wide range of PR and communications support. This position will report to the Executive Director in New York and manage a communications colleague.
The Associate Communications Director will collaborate with the London-based Director of Marketing & Communications and the NYC-based Executive Director to:
Lumos USA has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Debbie Farrell/Senior Director of Leadership and Development
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168
Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than five pages, and put the words “Lumos Communications” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.
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