Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) is a fellowship program working to build just and equitable communities in the United States and South Africa.
Based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, AFRE brings together accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds to incubate new strategies to challenge anti-Black racism and build the policies, institutions and narratives needed for a more equitable future. The programme aspires to build a dynamic and enduring network of transnational, cross-sectoral leaders dedicated to creating the institutions, narratives, and policies that advance racial equity and justice in both countries. AFRE launched its inaugural group of Fellows in 2018, and its second cohort in June 2019.
AFRE is seeking an experienced and driven Communications Manager to support its team. The Communications Manager will help develop and execute communications strategies to position AFRE as a leading resource for racial justice leaders and expert voice on long term strategic change.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Narrative Strategy, with dotted lines to the Sr. Director of Dialogue and the Director of Strategic Programmes, the Communications Manager will help develop and execute AFRE's communications strategies to change narratives on race and equity in the US and South Africa.
Key Responsibilities 95%
Internal & External Communications Flow Management: Track workflow and support the development and dissemination of email communications with key audiences, including AFRE Fellows, Columbia community and the global Atlantic Fellows network.
Content Creation: Craft and ensure high quality of multimedia content, including email announcements, press releases, messaging docs, newsletters, website content, op-eds, and other written materials for external and internal audiences.
Social Media: Manage AFRE's digital presence, carrying through key messages and insights to elevate AFRE's Fellows and the programme as leading online voices in the racial equity space. Curate and schedule content to drive engagement. Explore and execute new social media strategies to grow AFRE's audience.
Document and Materials Production: Drive forward design and production for AFRE print, digital and SWAG products and ad hoc projects. Be the main point of contact for design vendors, manage timelines and maintain quality control over production.
Media Relations: Build and strengthen media relations with media (across print, digital and broadcast outlets). Monitor news cycles to identify opportunities for increasing coverage of AFRE and its Fellows. Schedule and prep media interviews with Fellows and track total media coverage.
Additional Projects: In coordination with the Senior Director of Narrative Strategy and other AFRE leadership, support special projects across the programme.
Performs additional duties as assigned. 5%
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant:
Bachelor's degree in a related field, or the equivalent combination of training and experience.
At least three years of directly relevant experience with developing and managing strategic communications, media relations, and marketing programs to advance an organization's mission, brand and goals.
Experience planning and writing newsletters, press releases, briefing memos, and other print materials.
Experience managing digital elements of campaigns and initiatives, including website content, social media, and email management.
Experience pitching and securing media in top-tier print, digital and broadcast outlets; building relationships with beat reporters and editors.
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
Strong project management skills; resourceful and at ease working in fast-paced environments and with small teams.
Self-reliant but able to ask questions.
Master's Degree in Communications
Previous experience in the racial equity and/or social justice advocacy sector
Website, graphic design, coding experience
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 508022
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