Deputy Director of Communications, Washington D.C. Office

Global Witness- London
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 09

Position description

Our vision is simple: we want a better world - where corruption is challenged and accountability prevails, all can thrive within the planet’s boundaries, and governments act in the public interest.

Global Witness is a leading international anti-corruption organization, carrying out ground-breaking investigations to expose the human rights and environmental abuses driven by corruption and the exploitation of natural resources. 

Powerful communications are central to all our campaigns – and increasingly we’re looking to drive systemic change across North and Latin America through our work to end the use of anonymous companies as vehicles to hide criminal and corrupt funds, transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector, and the brutal murder of environmental activists defending their land from forced seizure.

We are looking for a talented Deputy Director of Communications to lead our communications across The Americas and bring his/her strategic expertise to support us in delivering our global campaign aims. Global Witness has a strong track record in galvanizing real and substantive change which affects millions of people across the world. Our new Deputy Director of Communications for The Americas will play an integral role in supporting us to continue to do so.


About the Role

You’ll lead Global Witness’ communications across North and Latin America, developing and implementing a communications strategy designed to drive impact across our campaigns. This will include putting in place robust processes to understand, engage and influence our advocacy targets and key audiences.

Working with a talented US Communications Manager and our wider communications team in London, this role will also contribute to strategic digital campaigning, visual content production and public mobilization in support of our policy campaigns.

Reporting to the Director of Communications in London, you will work to raise the overall profile of Global Witness in the US, Canada and Latin America, and deliver innovative and high impact communications across our campaigns, particularly those focused on combating corruption, climate change, the destruction of tropical forests, and protecting land and environmental defenders.

Alongside working with teams to drive a proactive news approach, you’ll stimulate media commentary and debate as well as protect Global Witness’ reputation, managing and mitigating risk as required.

You should come with your own well-developed network of media contacts, but work with colleagues across the US office – and wider organization – to extend and manage relationships with key media, including establishing strategic media partnerships on specific campaigns. You will maintain a comprehensive knowledge of influential outlets across North and Latin America, representing the organization publicly and in the media as required.

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and creative communications professional interested in driving global change through dynamic communications campaigns, and willing to roll up their sleeves in a small and growing media operation for Global Witness in our Washington, D.C. office.

This is a key position within the organization working closely with the Director of Communications, the US Communications Manager and the Head of US Office in ensuring the delivery of strategic and effective communications to drive campaign impact, fundraising and organizational profile. With approximately 18 published campaign reports and briefings launched each year, along with a significant number of wider campaign moments and media interventions, this is a fast-paced and creative role.


About you

You’ll have at least 8 years’ experience delivering communications strategies which deliver both campaign results and raise organizational profile across North America and Latin America. You will bring demonstrable writing and broadcast skills and a proven ability to think creatively. Experience in journalism, or NGO/ political campaigning is desirable, as well as a track record of managing a news desk, press office or communications team working on global issues. You’ve delivered outstanding results in your career so far and are now looking for a more challenging and exciting opportunity.

Your strategic thinking, commitment to high quality delivery, and strong performance in meeting deadlines under pressure will be crucial in this role – as will be your ability to ensure manageable work-plans are in place and budgets are adhered to.

Bringing your excellent news sense, your extensive media contact list, your communications expertise, as well as proven networking skills, you’ll help us capitalize on breaking stories and campaign opportunities to drive real world change.

You will have the ability to pitch news stories and draft content, including press releases, op-eds, blogs and tweets, as well as provide a knowledge of a variety of audiences and formats.

You’ll be a tenacious and persuasive team-player with strong diplomacy and negotiation skills, moving things forward while balancing risk. You’ll excel at managing complex projects and problem solving, bringing a creative approach to your work.

Finally, you will have a passion for and understanding of the issues Global Witness campaigns on.

Application instructions

Please send in your resume and a motivation letter telling us how you meet the job requirements (no more than two pages please) by email by midnight on 26 October 2018.

Interviews will be held week commencing 12 November 2018.

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