Communications Specialist

New York University: Center on International Cooperation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 01

Position description

The Center on International Cooperation (CIC) is a non-profit research center housed at New York University (NYU). Our core mission is to enhance international responses on the countries and issues most important to conflict and crisis prevention and recovery, through direct and regular engagement with multilateral institutions and the wider policy community.

CIC seeks a specialist to assist substantially in the development and execution of its external communications. As an established think-tank, the effective communication of ideas is at the core of our work. We focus on analysis and ideas-generation that is practical, policy relevant, and sensitive to political realities and difficulties in achieving collective action on international problems. The Center has played a role disproportionate to its small size in incubating processes that have had significant influence on global policy, including on peacebuilding at the UN; international dialogue on fragile states; regional approaches to challenges such as the Afghanistan conflict; and peaceful, just, and inclusive institutions in the post-2015 agenda.

We are looking for a communications specialist who can:

  • Assist in molding CIC’s strategic focus (vision, mission, core purpose, meta-narrative, niche)
  • Help to review and shape brand, identity, voice, and personality
  • Lead, develop, and experiment with CIC’s institutional communications to its target audiences
  • Help to expand CIC’s standard toolbox of communications
  • Identify innovative channels and approaches
  • Be comfortable engaging with senior and/or high-profile officials

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the communications specialist will have the following responsibilities:

Overall responsibilities

  • In consultation with CIC leadership, help to develop and implement a communications strategy that will ensure that CIC’s work is widely known and perceived as relevant and accessible for key target audiences.
  • Develop a firm understanding of CIC’s purpose and work across its thematic and country/regional programs.
  • Collaborate with staff in CIC programs to develop opportunities to raise the profile of their ideas and actions.
  • Lead and deliver communications campaigns for CIC around events or issues.
  • Help to commission and manage consultants when necessary to deliver elements of the communications strategy.

Social media responsibilities

  • Manage all CIC social media platforms.
  • Monitor social media platforms for CIC mentions and engagement opportunities; strong focus on tracking news and conversations related to CIC’s thematic and country/regional programs.
  • Support CIC initiatives, news, and events on social media, including live-tweeting.
  • Research ongoing updates to social media platforms and emerging trends.

Website management responsibilities

  • Manage CIC’s websites, ensuring content remains engaging, relevant, and fresh.
  • Source and edit content for websites from program staff, visiting scholars, non-resident fellows, and others in CIC’s networks. Ensure that content is updated regularly.
  • Produce original content as needed, e.g., interviews, blog posts, etc.

E-mail and print responsibilities

  • Format and send all corporate emails, including CIC’s monthly e-newsletter.
  • Edit and maintain CIC’s suite of branded templates, including letterhead, presentation/report templates, business cards, briefing papers, etc.
  • Assist with or manage production of printed products, including line editing, copy editing, typesetting, and proofing.

Miscellaneous responsibilities

  • Monitor and manage analytics for CIC web sites and social media accounts; track mentions of CIC in the news.
  • Source images for CIC products.
  • Provide program staff mentoring on effective social media outreach.
  • Manage databases of and build up relationships with media contacts, including the UN press corps.
  • Assist with event organization as needed, in particular on high-profile events with a clear communications angle.
  • Assist programs to write press releases.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism/communications, international relations, or other relevant field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in social media, public relations, media relations, communications.
  • Strong knowledge of and skills in social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Proven writing and editing abilities; knowledge of AP and Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Ability to work on many projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Team player. Excellent interpersonal skills. Sense of humor.
  • Enthusiasm for issue-oriented communications work and for promoting CIC’s messages to the public and policymakers.
  • Graphic design experience (Adobe Creative Cloud).
  • Basic HTML understanding and website management experience (Drupal, WordPress).
  • Familiarity with automated marketing platforms like MailChimp.

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