Campaign for Tobacco - Free Kids Vacancy: Associate Director of International Communications - Washington, DC, United States

Associate Director of International Communications
Global Health Advocacy Incubator

Job Announcement

Position Overview
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons learned from tobacco advocacy to provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, as directed by Bloomberg. The Bloomberg public health program focuses on policy responses to global health issues such as data for public health, road safety, and obesity. GHAI focus will be across each of these areas.

The GHAI seeks applications for a strategic, media-savvy, and proactive Associate Director of International Communications. This position plays a leading role in GHAI’s efforts to support and train NGO partners working on public health policy change in specific low- and middle-income countries to improve the effectiveness of strategic advocacy communications work in their countries, as well as improving the capacity of the media to report on public health issues. S/he will help organizations and networks in the selected countries build the capacity to develop and implement advocacy communication and media strategies and implement programs such as journalism fellowships and workshops.

The Associate Director will serve as a resource for GHAI staff, international NGOs, and the media. S/he will help develop and implement communications strategies and mass media campaigns in collaboration with GHAI staff and partners and NGOs around the world in support of country-specific advocacy campaigns.

Qualified candidates will have demonstrated experience in communications strategic planning, mass media campaigns, proactively recognizing, framing and pitching stories to the media and the proven ability to support other clients and/or organizations in developing and executing their communication campaigns. The Associate Director will understand how to utilize communications as a critical component of policy advocacy campaigns and partner with key allies, civil society groups and media to advance policy change in pursuit of GHAI public health goals.  International communications or living and working experience abroad is highly desirable.

This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to US citizens and other applicants possessing work visas permitting long-term, permanent employment in the US. The position reports to the GHAI Director.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a non-profit, public health advocacy organization that works to reduce the toll of tobacco use on global health by promoting policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke

The Associate Director of International Communications will report to and work closely with the Director of the GHAI and other GHAI staff in Washington, DC to help civil society groups develop communications programs in support of public health policy objectives in selected countries.

Key areas of focus for the position include:
  • Develop, implement, and support advocacy communication and media strategies in partnership with NGOs and NGO networks in selected low- and middle-income countries of focus
  • Enhance capacity  of NGOs in portfolio countries to conduct effective communications and media advocacy, in part by providing training programs;
  • In partnership with in-country NGOs, develop and implement methods to increase the capacity of the media in portfolio countries to report on public health issues, including journalism workshops, fellowships and other programs;
  • In partnership with in-country NGOs and partners, oversee mass media campaigns in select countries
  • Collaborate with GHAI and other relevant partners to efficiently and creatively craft and implement media strategies in support of GHAI’s and local NGO’s objectives;
  • Collaborate with country-focused communications staff from other organizations;
  • Provide support to organizations as they develop grants; as they pertain to media elements
  • Oversee production of communication materials
  • Oversee relationships with and output of communications agencies and consultants, including PR agencies and media monitoring vendors in countries;
  • Evaluate the country-specific communications and media advocacy programs
The Associate Director will be motivated by the opportunity to influence public health policy for the betterment of people in middle- and low-income countries and be experienced in the use of communications as a component of campaigns to advocate for policy change and implementation, and in training and supporting others to successfully utilize communications as a component of policy advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
  • Broad client-services experience in the field of public relations, and/or particular experience serving NGO clients in the public health arena
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement media (including social media) and communications strategies, including drafting key messages, in support of policy change and implementation in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Excellent skills in writing and editing communications materials including press releases, pitch memos, and social media content such as blogs and tweets.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement media and communications strategies with measurable results.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and editing skills (English).
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability and desire to travel overseas periodically.
  • Fluency in written and spoken languages including Spanish is preferred. 
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach a writing sample and your resume to: Please reference the position code ADGHAI:12 in the subject line of your email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Deadline: 19 Dec 2015

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.