United Nations Foundation

Manager, Communications and Digital Media, Girl Up

Employment Opportunity - Washington, DC - Full Time

Position Overview

Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. With resources in five languages and 5,000 Girl Up Clubs in more than 130 countries, we’ve trained 95,000 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for girls everywhere. Girl Up provides leadership training and gives girls tools to become gender equality advocates and activists. Through our programs, girls broaden their social impact skill set, benefit from a platform to tell their stories, and apply STEM for social good. Our girl leaders create real policy change at local and national levels, help raise millions of dollars to support United Nations programs that reach tens of thousands of girls around the world and build community-based movements.

The core values on which Girl Up exists guide our team and our work. Girl Up is a Youth-Centered leadership development initiative working to achieve gender equity worldwide. We commit to supporting our young leaders in their Passionate Action for social change and seek feedback from our Global Community to ensure Accountability in maintaining our values. Learn more about our work and our values at GirlUp.org.

The core values on which Girl Up exists guide our team and our work. Girl Up is a Youth-Centered leadership development initiative working to achieve gender equity worldwide. We commit to supporting our young leaders in their Passionate Action for social change and seek feedback from our Global Community to ensure Accountability in maintaining our values. Learn more about our work and our values at GirlUp.org.

Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010 and continues to work across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. The United Nations Foundation is an independent charitable organization created to be a strategic partner for the United Nations to address humanity’s greatest challenges, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and drive global progress.

The Communications Manager, Girl Up will play an important and significant role managing storytelling strategy and supporting internal communication across Girl Up's departments and global regions. She/he will also collaborate with Girl Up Programs and Development teams and the UN Foundation, especially with members of public affairs. The Manager will be a strong project manager, and champion of data-based decision-making, with experience leading teams — both a strategist and (ad hoc) implementer. The Communications Manager will report to the Deputy Director Communications and Digital Media and oversee Girl Up’s visual branding team, managing project and campaign deliverables across our digital media platforms.

This position is based in Washington, DC

Essential Functions

  • Manage strategy and implementation of Girl Up’s communications and digital media strategy across traditional and online media platforms with oversight
  • Develop and maintain review and approval systems, processes, and workflows
  • Draft and edit written strategy materials, communications plans, and content as needed across Girl Up teams
  • Manage production of deliverables related to campaigns, key moments, and day-to-day content
  • Collaborate with Girl Up’s partnerships and fundraising team for implementation of communications for key Girl Up partnerships
  • Contribute to partner communications management and attend partner meetings and events representing the communications team
  • Work closely with Program Coordinators and Associates to coordinate Girl Up Community storytelling priorities
  • Manage vendor relationships, as needed, for communications team
  • Manage development of messaging for social media kits and press kits
  • Support on social media posting and scheduling, as needed
  • Support email coding, reporting, and segmentation, as needed
  • Oversee reporting for communications metrics and KPIs
  • Contribute to Girl Up’s action plan to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the workplace and across communications and storytelling with oversight from the Girl Up leadership team
  • Keep up to date on communications and digital industry standards and trends.
  • Manage communications interns
  • Attend and cover live events as applicable
  • Other projects and duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum 6-8 years of experience in communications and digital media, in publishing or   outlet, at a PR agency, or NGO setting
  • 1-2 years of management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Communications, Public Relations, International Relations or related field preferred
  • Excellent writing skills — experience writing and editing op-eds, blogs, press releases, and editorial content for a brand, organization, or thought leader
  • Experience driving impactful storytelling strategy
  • Strong media relations background and experience working with press
  • Experience working as part of a partner or client-facing communications team
  • Strong skills working in diverse, international teams and across many types of organizations
  • Team-oriented; problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills
  • Ability to multitask in a very fast-paced, often rapidly changing environment
  • Basic proficiency Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Sense of humor, creative energy and a great team player
  • Experience maintaining and managing organizational social networking accounts preferred
  • Experience writing and editing educational materials and curricula preferred
  • Proficiency in email marketing platforms (e.g., Convio Luminate Online, EveryAction, Campaign Monitor, Pardot, or similar tools), CRM (Salesforce preferred), and CMS platforms (WordPress) preferred
  • Experience producing and editing video content preferred
  • Familiarity with global humanitarian and gender equality issues and issues affecting girls and women globally preferred
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy
  • A skill assessment is part of the interview process for this role

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

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