Communications Manager

Full time

Job Detail

  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience 7 Years
  • Sector Management
  • Qualifications Other

Job Description

About us

The Fuller Project is the award-winning global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting on women, to raise awareness, expose injustice and spur accountability.

Our correspondents in the U.S. and around the globe rigorously report on untold stories and the interconnected issues affecting women and their communities everywhere. Our reporting often leads the news cycle and is published in prominent outlets, bringing the full story to a large and diverse audience.

Since 2015, our award-winning team has published hundreds of articles — from our TIME Magazine cover story on waitresses in American cities earning $2.13 an hour, to our four-part feature in Marie Claire on forced virginity testing in the U.S., to our devastating investigation into child sexual exploitation in the Philippines in The Washington Post. In 2019, our reporting won the Military Reporters & Editors, One World Media and Amnesty International UK Media awards.

About the role 

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the candidate will support all functions of a growing communications department, including media relations, external relations, impact communications, website management, events planning, and marketing. The mandate of the communications department is to increase awareness of The Fuller Project’s reporting, introduce The Fuller Project to new audiences and communicate the impact of The Fuller Project’s journalism. Note that this is not an editorial (journalism) position.

Responsibilities

Media and Public Relations – 35%

  • Develop PR strategy and generate earned media for The Fuller Project and its journalism
  • Pitch reporters and leadership to local, national, and international news outlets
  • Arrive with well-developed contacts in the industry; keep organized, updated press lists and research new markets
  • Secure thought leadership opportunities at conferences and industry forums
  • Amplify the Fuller Project’s journalism in the nonprofit journalism community, and with other external groups, including NGOs, think tanks, and community organizations

Communications and writing – 35%

  • Serve as thought partner alongside CCO to develop The Fuller Project’s first ever communications strategy
  • Write/edit impact stories and communications materials
  • Write press releases, talking points, backgrounders, and pitch materials
  • Oversee print and digital versions of annual impact report
  • Project manage video, interactive and other multimedia projects focused on impact and outreach
  • Oversee awards submissions
  • Maintain web pages
  • Work with outside vendors including designers, videographers, and web management firms

Events – 15%

  • With CCO, develop events strategy and schedule, including planning, design and production of communications required for events, promotion and post-event reports
  • Oversee video recording at events and execute post-production editing or oversee consultant in doing so

Marketing – 15%

  • With CCO, develop  marketing and advertising strategy with an emphasis on market research, data-driven solutions, and metrics
  • Work with digital marketing consultant to develop online marketing campaigns
  • Draft marketing campaign materials, including brochures, invitations, and other official collateral
  • Assist with marketing creatives
  • Provide market research for new initiatives
  • Monitor competitor landscape and bring fresh ideas and perspective to the table
  • Help ensure brand integrity across all communications and products
  • Keep abreast of industry trends

Other duties as assigned 

The ideal candidate shares a passion for our mission, understands the workings of a newsroom, and is a strong written and verbal communicator. Ideal candidates will also have the following background and skills:

  • 6 to 8 years of communications, public relations or journalism
  • Excellent writing, communication and research skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Proven track record in media relations, and keen understanding of what bookers and producers want in a guest or story
  • Ability to network and speak with new groups of people
  • Experience with event planning, execution and followup
  • Understanding of best practices in marketing and brand management
  • Experience with WordPress, Mail Chimp, and other online publishing applications
  • Design and print or web layout experience preferred
  • Excellent time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative, be flexible, and work both independently and with a team
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure and anticipate needs
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative thinker
  • Obsession with detail
  • Passion for storytelling
  • Creative in all you do
  • Experience managing junior staff and working with contractors and freelancers a plus
  • Passionate for and demonstrated commitment to the mission and core values of The Fuller Project
  • Ability to work productively in a non-partisan environment, guided by journalism ethics, and in nonprofit newsroom

This is a young, evolving, and growing organization. Flexibility and passion are a must. This is a DC-based position but will be remote until we can safely reopen our office.

This is a full-time staff role with benefits, including:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Health insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Generous vacation policy, plus flexible and inclusive holiday schedule
  • Phone and communications stipend
  • Technology benefits, such as a company-provided laptop
  • A commitment to an inclusive and diverse work culture
  • Professional learning and development opportunities

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