Communications Director

Literacy Bridge
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 06

Position description

Would you like to help organizations like UNICEF empower the world’s most vulnerable people with practical knowledge? That’s what we do. We’ve impacted 500,000 people, and we know we can reach 10 million more people in the next five years—if we find an entrepreneurial and resourceful Communications Director to share our story and vision. We seek someone who can develop and execute our small-but-growing organization’s communications strategy.

We enable knowledge sharing with the world’s hardest-to-reach communities, empowering them to improve their health, income, and quality of life. We do this by amplifying the reach of local partners through the use of our Talking Book audio devices, which serve people who are often missed due to illiteracy or living in remote areas. We support these partners with technology, creation of engaging audio interviews, songs, and dramas, and the analysis of user feedback recordings and usage statistics to better understand user needs.


We are focused on communicating with two audiences: our program partners and our donors.

We have staff positions dedicated to finding and building relationships with both audiences; but we need someone to develop, implement, and evaluate the messages that we use to explain our program, technology, business value, and human-centered results.

STRATEGY: Design a messaging and channel strategy to scale-up our reach to more donors and partners looking for solutions for the hardest-to-reach communities. Measure and adapt the strategy based on its impact. Incorporate and leverage our new name and brand, which have been determined and are launching in March.

MESSAGING AND COLLATERAL: Develop our key messages and create or oversee vendor production of digital and print marketing collateral and videos, including content for proposals, program brochures, and annual reports.

NEWS FLOW: Distill program news from our staff and affiliates about our progress, learning, and successes into simple updates for our stakeholders. Manage content and engagement for our website, email newsletters, and social media; reach out to news media to spread our news further. Use analytics for each communication platform to create performance goals, track progress over time, and shift strategies as needed.

STAFF TRAINING: Train our staff on how to stay on message, describe our work in simple yet compelling terms, and support all aspects of the communications strategy. Collaborate with our Learning & Development Manager to provide similar training for our global affiliates.

AWARENESS EVENTS: Determine which conferences offer speaking, exhibiting, or networking opportunities to support expanding our global partnerships. Consider designing our own series of learning events to raise awareness of our work in support of the goals of our Development Director and Global Partnerships Director.



Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience in communications, public administration, international relations, or related field


  • 5-10 years in communications positions, ideally working in global health and development or a related sector
  • Development of messaging strategy and implementation across various digital platforms
  • Oversight and/or development of digital and print marketing collateral and/or videos
  • Forging positive working relationships with colleagues in program development and fundraising, and with counterparts at partner organizations


  • Strong oral and written communications skills to make a compelling business case while showing integrity, respect, and mission-driven dedication
  • Project management and planning skills with multiple concurrent priorities
  • Enthusiasm to operate as a one-person communication shop in a lean, high-impact nonprofit, and ability to bring in and manage additional resources as needed
  • Desired: Creative design skills to support marketing collateral development (or experience working with design firms)
  • Desired: Analytic skills for data-driven communications strategies (or experience making data-driven decisions based on someone else’s analytic skills)

COMPENSATION: DOE. Generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, paid vacation, and matching contribution to retirement and student loans.

LOCATION AND TRAVEL: This position is based in Seattle and may require occasional nationalor international travel a few times per year to conferences or rural areas in low-resource countries.

Application instructions

Please send your CV/résumé and a cover letter. Your cover letter should include specific examples of how your experience relates to this role.

CLOSING DATE: Priority will be given to applications received by February 16, 2018.

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