Communications Associate, Editor


The Communications Associate, Editor works within the Communications Department to lead key aspects of ICTJ communications, publications, and media relations. The Communications Associate manages the production of all ICTJ publications, producing high-quality, impact-driven products, and strengthens media relations to enhance the organization's public profile and global awareness of transitional justice issues. In addition, the Communications Associate is called on to strategize about the shape, audiences, and timing for a wide variety of communications materials.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Communication Associate, the Communications Associate will be responsible for:

1. Publications:

  • In coordination with the rest of the Communications Team, design and implement an organizational publications strategy;
  • Manage multiple, simultaneous ICTJ publications from planning and drafting stage through release, distribution and promotion;
  • Supervise the editing, design, translation, production, and approval process of all manuscripts, to deliver excellent final products on budget and on time;
  • Maintain an organizational publications schedule and index; provide regular updates on project progress and shifting priorities and requirements;
  • Review and evaluate drafts of reports and briefing papers for quality of writing and structure; provide substantive feedback to author(s) to improve drafts;
  • Convene and work closely with other Departments (especially Programs and Development) to develop and implement plans for the promotion of ICTJ publications; identify opportunities to maximize ICTJ’s exposure through strategic and creative participation;
  • Evaluate and approve press-ready manuscripts in other languages for adherence to House Style;
  • Maintain House Style Guide; ensure necessary staff training and compliance.

2. Media:

  • Contribute with the rest of the Communications Team to develop and implement an organizational media strategy;
  • Work with Executive Director, Director of Programs and other staff to coordinate the organization's timely and appropriate response to current events and policy developments related to transitional justice;
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with target media outlets, opinion editors, and journalists; expand ICTJ’s media network;
  • Source, draft, edit, manage approvals for, and place op-eds, press releases, media advisories, and other external communications materials;
  • Pitch story ideas to generate media interest in ICTJ and its stories across print, web, television, and radio;
  • Collaborate with Programs to create communications plans for special projects;
  • Report on press coverage, media relations, success of media strategy.

3. Other work:

  • Oversee special projects, such as branding initiatives, conference coverage, multimedia campaigns, and staff trainings;
  • Hire, manage, and evaluate the work of outside vendors and partners, including authors, printers, copyeditors, photo researchers, graphic designers;
  • Assist in the development of funding proposals and budgets;
  • Negotiate and manage publications and media budgets;
  • Collaborate within unit to creatively leverage information products and media materials through web, social media, and outreach;
  • Oversees contractors and consultants and manage interns or fellows as assigned.

4. Perform other duties as necessary and as requested.

Position Requirements:

Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Public Policy, or other relevant field preferred. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum of 3 years relevant professional communications work experience, preferably in human rights, international law, or a related field. Press experience a plus.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Related Skills or Knowledge:

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication;
  2. Superior ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines;
  3. Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data in order to provide recommendations for an enhanced communications approach;
  4. Experience liaising with media through new and old channels;
  5. Expertise in proofing and editing to multiple style guides;
  6. Experience of working across borders in multi-cultural teams;
  7. Strong negotiating and interpersonal skills; experience working collaboratively as part of a small team;
  8. Ability to manage budgets, evaluate services and product delivery, and approve expenses;
  9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, and media databases;
  10. Fluency in oral and written English; proficiency in Spanish, French, or Arabic is an advantage;
  11. Interest in human rights issues and world affairs.

Work Environment and Physical Demand

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to and include job code Communications Associate, Editor in the subject line. Position open until filled.

The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet ICTJ’s changing needs, at its sole discretion.