Communications Officer, Europe and Eurasia
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983 CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, accountable investment, anti-corruption and compliance, trade facilitation, and women’s economic empowerment. CIPE currently has more than 200 projects in over 80 countries, including throughout Europe and Eurasia.
Position: Communications Officer, Europe and Eurasia
Reports To: Regional Director, Europe and Eurasia
Scope: This full-time, regular, position is based in Washington, D.C. The Communications Officer for CIPE’s Europe and Eurasia Department (E&E) will collaborate with colleagues and partners to develop, lead, and execute communications strategies that showcase the impact of CIPE programs in the region. Among the key duties: digital/print content generation and placement, social media and web page management, stakeholder analyses, event planning, media relations, and other special projects. The salaried position will report to the Europe and Eurasia Department Regional Director and coordinate closely with CIPE’s Communications Department and External Relations team to ensure alignment with CIPE-wide communications and outreach strategies and approaches. This position will be required to work daily with fellow staff in Washington, D.C. and field offices. This position will join a team operating in a hybrid working format with requirements to attend in person DC-based meetings and events. Some travel to countries in Europe and Eurasia will be required throughout the year.
- Develop, lead, and execute E&E’s external outreach and communications strategy, including communications planning, external stakeholder mapping, and other targeted efforts to identify and engage key audiences. This may include work with key media.
- Manage and grow the department’s social media accounts, which include Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. This involves strong coordination with fellow account administrators throughout the organization, as well as partners, to cross-promote content around key themes and messages.
- Ensure E&E web pages on cipe.org contain fresh, relevant material and provide support as needed to program-related websites.
- Generate and edit a variety of digital and print materials, including some project deliverables. Examples: writing blogs or scripts, video production, flyer creation, and proof-reading reports to ensure text is error free and adheres to CIPE editorial policies.
- Curate program team updates and images for the E&E regional newsletter, which has subscribers worldwide.
- Produce or help produce public and private events (both virtual and hybrid) to raise awareness about program activities. Related duties include invitation creation, event promotion, guest tracking, and event execution/streaming via Zoom or other platforms.
- Compile analytics for monthly reports to track the reach and impact of communications efforts in order to determine reach, growth, and inform future content creation.
- Collaborate with colleagues to create polished marketing materials and products, both digital and print, that reflect the spirit of the department and its programs, while also ensuring consistency with CIPE branding and messaging guidelines.
- Travel to the region to engage directly with program teams and partners.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, International Studies, Political Science, or a field relevant to CIPE’s mission and the job function.
- Proven interest in international development, with an emphasis on democracy and economic/business reforms in Europe and Eurasia.
- Minimum of five years of professional experience in external communications roles, with a history of developing/executing effective communications and outreach strategies.
- Experience developing high-quality outreach products for distribution via multiple channels, including digital and print.
- Exceptional writer (in English) and storyteller with strong analytical skills and ability to develop compelling and engaging materials for external audiences that include policymakers, media, government, NGOs, and private sector members.
- Track record includes cultivating media contacts and submitting content for placement.
- Demonstrated success as a social media account administrator, notably Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
- Experienced and creative event planner (virtual and in person) who is highly practiced in operating Zoom and other live meeting/conferencing/streaming platforms.
- Previous work with content management systems, e-mail marketing platforms, data analytics, and business tools such as Mailchimp, WordPress, Microsoft Office Suite. Can quickly learn new software for content creation, editing, and distribution.
- Video production and editing skills/experience a plus.
- Foreign language proficiency considered a plus.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Team player with the ability to build and maintain solid working relationships with co-workers and partners in diverse settings.
- Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision in a fast-paced environment.
- Willingness to travel to the region.
Benefits and Perks
Competitive Benefits including medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, flexible spending, paid family leave, life insurance, 401(k), commuter benefits, telework, and more! Employee events including Company Picnic, Health & Wellness Fair, Holiday Party and lots of fun in between!
CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.
Americans with Disability Specifications
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work is performed primarily indoors with occasional exposure to outdoor conditions when required. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Employee’s Responsibility in an Emergency
The employee is expected to respond to emergency situations involving the safety of fellow employees including evacuation of the building.