Internal Communications Officer

24 Apr, 2021


Internal Communications Officer

Open Society Foundation
New York, NY

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your communications knowledge, expertise, and editorial skills? We’re seeking an Internal Communications Officer based in London or New York who will lead on providing consistent, clear, and coordinated executive and organizational communications within the network.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

Communications plays a central role in the work of the Foundations by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the global network and by helping to advance relevant issues. Communications works to raise the Foundations’ public profile by promoting the network’s many noteworthy achievements as well as responding to attacks from opponents of open society around the world. The department focuses on campaigning, media outreach, content development and messaging, creative and digital strategy, and internal communications to support dozens of Open Society foundations and programs worldwide.

As an Internal Communications Officer at Open Society you will:

  • Research, write, edit, and produce executive internal communications, including speeches, announcements, and meeting briefs, for clarity and consistency in line with our organizational priorities
  • Proactively lead, manage, and execute internal communications projects and initiatives working from the Communications Department primarily to support the Executive Office in coordination with teams across the network
  • Review, edit, and collaboratively produce content for a range of internal communications channels, including the intranet, email announcements, and internal staff events
  • Liaise with internal teams to provide expert guidance and support them to ensure communication standards are met
  • Work with the director of internal communications to develop and implement an internal communications strategy that reinforces our mission and culture, and is aligned with Open Society’s public communications

What we are looking for:

  • Demonstrated practical experience in internal communications for at least seven years with a focus on executive support
  • Superior English-language editing and writing skills
  • Strong editorial judgment and ability to rapidly distill and curate content while reflecting the tone and style of executive leadership
  • Substantial knowledge of organizational and project management, with experience in coordinating multiple projects in a fast-paced environment focused on policy and operations
  • Flexible with an ability to learn fast and deliver on tight deadlines
  • High level of self-motivation, initiative, and creativity under minimal supervision
  • A commitment to team working and ability to build and maintain strong, trusting internal relationships within a team and across a global network
  • Diplomatic manner and ability to adapt to a range of cultures and experiences in interacting with colleagues at all levels
  • A commitment to continuous learning and listening and working with humility; ways of working that are respectful to all people; and that support space and voice for all diverse perspectives in our workplace.
  • Experience in dealing with sensitive matters and ability to maintain confidentiality

Desirable (but not required):

  • Willingness to travel for work (when policy permits)

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If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

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Job posted: 2021-04-24