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Communications Officer, International Program & Strengthening U.S. Democracy

Company Overview:

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”  It is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential American grantmaking foundations.  

Job Summary:

Carnegie Corporation has an exciting job opportunity for an experienced communications professional. Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, this position is responsible for ongoing collaboration between the communications team and both the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s International and Strengthening U.S. Democracy Programs in support of our mission “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The International Program seeks to promote a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world through three program areas: International Peace and Security; Peacebuilding in Africa, and Higher Education and Research in Africa. Under the Strengthening U.S. Democracy Program the Corporation has long held that a vibrant democracy is enhanced through the civic integration of immigrants, support of nonpartisan voter registration and education, and voting rights for all citizens. This is a new position responsible for the strategic development, planning and management of all communication needs in support of these client groups. The officer will be an integral part of an internal, close-knit communications department staffed with content and dissemination professionals. This position is required to further streamline assessment and intake of work and provide project management oversight and accountability for results.  

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Serve as primary liaison with the International and Strengthening U.S. Democracy Programs for all Communication projects/needs.
  • Research, monitor, develop and plan strategies for effective knowledge dissemination and audience engagement for Corporation priorities, milestones and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with communications team members to recommend strategies, allocate resources, manage workflow, and measure success of all projects.
  • Participate, as needed, to support projects which may include, but is not limited to: content creation; writing; editing and social media support or analysis.
  • Stay informed of major developments in the civic engagement and peace and security landscape and in philanthropy, generally.
  • Serve as active member of Communications leadership team charged with brand management.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience as a Communications professional charged with strategic responsibility for client projects: assessment, planning, execution and management. Superior talent for drafting these “contracts for services” complete with project summary, resource requirements including budget and competencies, stated deliverables and expected outcomes and timelines. 
  • Working knowledge of our civic engagement and international peace and security landscapes in the program areas we support. 
  • Best practice knowledge of communications strategies that work in reaching audiences in the international peace and security space, including knowledge of key publications and public engagement channels in this space and knowledge of influencer strategies relevant for these audiences. 
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills – able to condense dense information into core messages and public-facing copy.
  • Excel at operational project management requiring working within a matrixed team of resources to meet deadlines.
  • Work in a non-profit, philanthropic environment a plus.
  • Communication agency experience a plus.
  • Degree in communications, marketing or liberal arts.
  • Advanced communication certification (e.g. APR).
  • Adaptable, willing to be flexible while working as part of a nimble team in support of common goals.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Employer paid health insurance; including medical, dental, life, long term care, and short-term disability, plus a substantial contribution to a retirement plan account, and a generous paid time off program.
  • Corporate discounts including gym memberships.

Carnegie Corporation of New York is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEOC”) laws.  The Carnegie Corporation of New York strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, and any other characteristic protected by law.  The Corporation abides by all applicable rules and regulations in its recruiting and employment practices including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws.

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