Communications Associate – Strategist



The Communications Associate – Strategist will work to develop new efficient and impactful communication strategies, and support and strengthen existing ones. The associate will closely follow the implementation of ICTJ’s Strategic Plan and ICTJ’s Programs to maintain existing networks and, establish and develop new innovative and effective approaches to disseminate ICTJ’s messages, expert analysis, policy advice, and research findings widely and globally. This role is based in ICTJ's New York City office.

Major Duties & Responsibilities 

Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, and as part of a highly collaborative communications team, the Communications Associate - Strategist will:

  • Implement ICTJ’s global, multilingual communications strategy using new and traditional tools to raise the profile and public awareness of ICTJ’s work and transitional justice issues more broadly
  • Identify elements needed to raise the profile of the organization and its unique contributions as well as transitional justice, including through:
  • Identifying target audiences
  • Creating timely, targeted, accurate, and concise content for such audiences that highlights ICTJ’s achievements and disseminates ICTJ’s core messages
  • Developing new angles, stories, and language to engage new audiences in issues related to transitional justice
  • Creating long-term strategies for ICTJ products
  • As the main point of contact for members of the media, the associate will:
  • Develop and implement media strategies
  • Address enquiries from media and other parties, coordinating internally to provide timely and valuable responses
  • Act as the public relations liaison for the organization when needed
  • Proactively establish and sustain strong media relations; expand ICTJ’s media outreach; and grow its list of local, national, and global media contacts, using institutional information, contacts from ICTJ staff, and database tools
  • Disseminate ICTJ messages through press releases, Op-Eds, and other media-focused pieces
  • Closely monitor news; follow up on developing stories relevant to transitional justice to ensure that ICTJ creates content that responds in a timely and accurate way, including by pitching ideas for stories, interviews, articles, Op-Eds, and press releases
  • Conduct outreach to media professionals in countries where ICTJ works, in conjunction with the Director of Programs and country office staff
  • Provide strategic guidance and talking points to senior management and, when required, other ICTJ staff on messaging and executive communications for high-level public events, meetings, and press enquiries; support senior and other staff members in their preparation for interviews, press briefings, and other media engagements to ensure that their communications advance the mission of ICTJ and are consistent with ICTJ’s messaging and the image.
  • Support and enhance ICTJ’s digital communication strategy and online presence; in collaboration with the communications team, assess the success of social media campaigns and create new creative and innovative strategies that increase ICTJ’s visibility and profile
  • Support and enhance ICTJ’s publication strategy; in collaboration with the communications team, develop new strategies for print and digital release, distribution, and dissemination of publications and design long-term strategies that help ensure their future use and long-term relevance.
  • In collaboration with the communications team, help create new and update existing promotional materials, both print and digital, such as brochures, factsheets, and one-pagers.
  • Contribute to ITCJ’s overall strategic planning and programmatic work as a team player with professionalism, integrity, and commitment. 

Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or another related field or the equivalent. Relevant master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum of seven years relevant professional work experience in journalism or non-profit communications. Project management experience required, ideally in a global nonprofit setting. Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing communications strategies. Knowledge of international human rights or transitional justice issues preferred.

Related Skills or Knowledge

  • Interest in human rights, transitional justice, and/or international justice.
  • A highly motivated and innovative team player with a demonstrated ability to craft and implement effective communication strategies.
  • Well versed in navigating the fast-changing global communications environment, with a proven track record of building and sustaining engaged international audiences across multiple channels.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; experience in writing, revising, and generating press releases, Op-Eds, talking points, web content, and publications for different outlets and audiences; highly developed editing skills.
  • Substantial international media relationships and experience, the latter including pitching to outlets and writing content.
  • Demonstrated record of designing and implementing effective communication strategies.
  • Significant experience as a member of a highly collaborative team, including experience coordinating with staff members in multiple offices in different time zones and collaboratively planning and implementing projects.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, including time management and prioritization skills.
  • The ability to work quickly, creatively, and effectively under pressure and as part of a globally diverse team.
  • Fluent spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of Spanish, French and/or Arabic is a strong advantage.

To apply, kindly submit resume and cover letter to and include code COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE – STRATEGIST in the subject line. ICTJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.