Communications Officer

Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 20

Position description

The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) is the flagship center for conflict resolution practice at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). CRDC engages emerging indigenous and global peacemakers, mobilizes support, and creates linkages between citizen diplomats, students, business people, and policy makers. CRDC operates conflict resolution and educational projects in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Turkey, Jordan, and the United States, and has also led interventions in conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Canada, and Indonesia.


Who You Are

You are first and foremost skilled at podcast and YouTube production and social media marketing and messaging. You can also take already existing videos, messaging, and educational materials and convert them into podcasts or marketable messaging tools that promote the mission of CRDC. You are comfortable within the media universe and are excited to raise public awareness of CRDC’s work. You are prepared to deliver messaging to multiple audiences. You have a background of studies or experience in marketing, branding, public relations, communications, audio/video production, or event planning. Your competence is matched by your integrity, accountability, and commitment to furthering the mission of the center. You’re innovative in using new technological developments to support long-term goals and integrate them within existing strategy, as well as possessing the capacity to update the strategy. You’re an open-minded self-starter adept at working independently and eager to be mentored as to content by the director of CRDC, Marc Gopin.


Communications Officer Responsibilities

  • Work with the director to create professional educational podcasts and videos of superior quality, and to market them widely through innovative techniques
  • Cultivate relationships with traditional and new media outlets and place op-eds, arrange interviews, and promote articles, podcasts and videos
  • Develop and implement the center's social media strategy, including writing content for publication on multiple social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
  • Effectively disseminate podcasts, YouTube videos, articles, and blog posts to substantially raise the visibility of CRDC and its messages regarding peacebuilding and healing conflicts, particularly for an American audience about American reconciliation challenges
  • Utilize already existing content (extracts from books, videos of previous public appearances, quotes from articles) to raise the profile of CRDC’s work in order to educate the public and socialize the messages of tolerance, pluralism, and reconciliation between extremes
  • Work with the director to identify methods of reaching out to American constituencies that are vulnerable to extremism and polarization
  • Manage a small budget for promoting books, podcasts, videos, and blog posts
  • Organize outreach efforts focused on three different constituencies: 1)supporters of CRDC and Dr. Gopin’s work and ideas; 2) individuals who are vulnerable to polarization and fragmentation in the current environment; 3) new supporters who have not been tapped
  • Communicate effectively with other CRDC team members and embrace a team-oriented approach
  • Pay great attention to fine details
  • Take pride in a clean, organized office and high-quality work


The ideal candidate for the Communications Officer position will have the following qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Bachelor’s degree with high academic achievement
  • Experience using Audible or similar audio or video software to produce high-quality content (portfolio samples welcome)
  • Understanding of basic principles of marketing, branding, public relations, communications, audio/video production, and event planning
  • Excellent computer skills, including familiarity and experience using Microsoft Office, Dropbox, Google Drive, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and high attention to detail

This is a non-student wage position at George Mason University. Non-student wage employees are eligible to enroll in up to 4 credit hours of course work after 500 hours of employment. An additional 4 hours of credits will be earned under this benefit after each subsequent 500 hours of employment. Each 4 credit hour exemption must be used in a single semester or summer term and no portion of the 4 credit hours may be transferred to another semester or summer term.  

Application instructions

Follow the link above to apply for this position. You will be asked to submit your one-page resume, one-page letter of interest, and contact information only for two references in a single PDF document. The title of the document should be Application. You will also be asked to submit your most recent transcript in a file named Transcript. Your ability to follow these instructions will be considered a test of your suitability for the position. Applications that do not follow these instructions will be discarded without review.

You will also have the option to submit a maximum of 5 portfolio items along with your application.

NO phone calls. NO emails. We anticipate a high volume of applications and will not be able to respond individually to emails. Successful candidates will be invited to interview in mid July.

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