Senior Manager, Communications, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

New York, NY
Full Time
Employment Opportunity

Position Overview

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), hosted at the United Nations Foundation, is a dynamic international network bringing together over 650 partners including governments, international organizations, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others.  We make connections and broker partnerships to improve data production, access, and use to drive better decisions to end poverty, improve environmental sustainability and advance equal opportunities for all.  The Global Partnership Secretariat, within which this role is based, supports the network by convening and connecting partners to catalyze solutions to development issues and leverage the power of data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This position uniquely combines interests and experience of international relations, public policy, journalism, digital communications, and public relations — all for the purpose of improving the production and use of data for sustainable development. Reporting to the Director of External Relations, working alongside a senior engagement manager and a senior strategy and development manager in an External Relations team of seven people, the Senior Communications Manager will develop, deliver and maintain the Global Partnership’s strategic communications plans to support the Partnership’s press outreach, policy documents, media content, and flagship events. This role will involve close working and ideation with our Secretariat team of 25 people, in a distributed team that spans 7 countries with hubs in London, Nairobi, New York, and Washington DC. This role manages a communications officer and a communications associate role as well as multiple fellows or interns each year. The Senior Communications Manager will also coordinate and interface with senior leadership, digital communications colleagues, and the UN Foundation Public Affairs and Events teams.

This role is a critical one for the organization as we prepare for a Data Festival in November 2023 in Latin America and the Caribbean (country tbc). We are also engaged in a matrixed policy advocacy campaign working closely with policy advocacy colleagues and this presents many opportunities for creative campaigning. The role involves travel around 3-4 times a year to places such as the US, Kenya and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This position is based in London, UK (preferred), Washington, DC, or New York, NY.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and deliver an annual content strategy that maps to the Global Partnership’s annual priorities and its longer organizational strategy while managing competing timelines and scheduling of external communications products in a growing team (around 25 staff)
  • Manage the development and delivery of the Global Partnership’s Data Festival, working closely with the Director of External Relations, a project team, and on-the-ground consultant support
  • Manage a communications sub-team that includes a Communications Officer, Associate and intern, and any temporary communications consultants and staff, supervising their selection, development opportunities, and outputs
  • Oversee production of all Global Partnership Secretariat-authored reports, working as focal point for external vendors such as proofers, translators, graphic designers, while managing internal deadlines within team.  Work with team to ensure publications are strategic, high quality and that flagship reports are interactive
  • Commission or write and edit compelling content on data and its impact on people’s lives. This content includes blog posts, multimedia storytelling, press releases, and newsletter content, tailored for specific audiences including government, the private sector, and civil society
  • Maintain the website, and act as the in-house authority on-site content, managing the relationship with an external website developer and UN Foundation’s web team
  • Proactively monitor and maintain @data4sdgs social media, working with the Communications Associate to provide channels with digital content, delivered in the right tone and in tune with the international news cycle or announcements and events.
  • Help support our CEO in thinking through and planning for media engagements and speaking engagements
  • Identify, research, and develop media relationships with U.S., UK, and international journalists, producers, and bloggers, to advocate for data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Deliver multimedia production projects, working with external vendors including web designers, photographers, videographers and podcasters. Track expenditure in a simple budget
  • Project manage and help produce convenings with a substantial communications aspect e.g. press fellowships, press breakfasts, launch events and workshops
  • Support the Global Partnership’s engagement plans, ensuring key policy and campaign messages reach stakeholders in government, the private sector and civil society
  • Occasionally assist Senior Staff, including the CEO, at public events to represent our core messages and communications, including at international convenings and webinars
  • Monitor communication plans and events to ensure consistency in messaging across policy announcements and partnership communications
  • Advocate for multi-language offerings where possible, managing translation of core products. 
  • Other duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

  • MA required in public policy, communications, journalism, English or other relevant degree
  • 7-9 years of relevant professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience communicating policy-based information to media outlets, plus a confident approach to pitching news stories to journalists, producers, and bloggers
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills, with a strong interest in visual design and what makes a good website for experts and the general public
  • Experience in helping to organize large convenings/conferences or flagship events
  • Maturity and resilience in managing tight deadlines for external communications and policy products with excellent project management capabilities
  • Self-starter able to manage multiple media and web production projects, including managing budgets with external vendors
  • Creativity and enthusiasm for data for social good and data science and the ability to translate this into simple infographics, and social media
  • Ability to research and integrate new tools and technologies into communications products or to manage others in doing the same (e.g. part-time data visualization assistant).
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines
  • Team player, problem solver, and relationship-builder
  • Good judgment, sensitivity, and the ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • Willingness for domestic and international travel. (Approximately 4-6 trips per year if needed and as COVID-19 pandemic conditions allow
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy
  • International experience or experience working for a multilateral institution preferred
  • Experience using Drupal based Content Management Systems and making simple back-end changes to a Drupal 8 based website preferred
  • Content production skills including videography and photography with simple edits, ability to make small edits in designed products (Adobe Creative Suite) preferred
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish preferred

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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