Lumos USA has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Debbie Farrell/Senior Director of Leadership and Development
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168
Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than five pages, and put the words “Lumos Communications” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.
Lumos, an international NGO founded by J.K.Rowling, helps the 8 million children currently in orphanages regain their right to a family life. At least 80% of these children are not orphans but are separated from their families primarily by poverty and disability. Orphanages deprive children of loving families and put them at risk of impaired physical, intellectual and emotional development. Lumos supports countries in reforming child care and protection systems, focusing on the health, education, and social care services that keep families together.
Lumos works with the UN, the EU, the US Government, and the World Bank, focusing particularly on international aid as a driver of reform. It supports governments with expertise and skills, ranging from interventions to save the lives of children facing premature death to technical support on how to use complex financial mechanisms to ensure limited resources are used to achieve reform. Lumos has teams in Moldova, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Haiti, and Colombia, as well as offices in Brussels and New York. Lumos has demonstrated successfully that deinstitutionalization is achievable for every child.
The Associate Communications Director is responsible for the development and delivery of the US elements of Lumos’ global press and communications strategy. The key objective is to increase the profile of Lumos, its programs and the wider issue of children in orphanages. This will be delivered through targeted engagement with the media and the development of communications projects. The Associate Communications Director will work to priorities set by the London-based Director of Marketing & Communications, who leads global communications strategy. They will create communications plans, build relationships with journalists, develop messages, brief spokespeople and deliver a wide range of PR and communications support. This position will report to the Executive Director in New York and manage a communications colleague.
The Associate Communications Director will collaborate with the London-based Director of Marketing & Communications and the NYC-based Executive Director to:
- Develop a comprehensive, proactive communications strategy for the US to raise the profile of Lumos and its work.
- Build relationships with journalists, bloggers and reporters in key US media outlets to secure high-quality media coverage at a national level.
- Manage the day-to-day running of the press office, monitoring and reporting on coverage and any media risks.
- Draft press releases, editorials, media pitches and statements to publicize and support Lumos’ mission and goals.
- Create communications plans and strategies with partner organizations.
- Develop press plans, message frameworks, and talking points for key initiatives, campaigns and events.
- Cultivate relationships with Lumos staff based in Latin America and the Caribbean to support the development of messaging and media relations in those regions.
- Plan media training for Lumos USA spokespeople.
- Collaborate with HQ communications team on international campaigns and development/delivery of US strands of press strategy.
- Working with Lumos’ social media and digital teams, lead on social media for the US team and ensure the US web presence is up-to-date.
- Manage a communications colleague.
- Manage projects and campaigns on time and on budget.
- Manage relationships with print companies, editors, designers and other agencies.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
- Relevant bachelor’s degree required. Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
- 10+ years in public relations, journalism or other relevant communications fields.
- Excellent writing skills, with the ability to translate complex information into concise, accurate, compelling language for the public in multiple formats.
- Superior communication and interpersonal skills are essential; ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups across other countries also necessary.
- Proficiency with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Experience using media databases and generating reports.
- Self-starter who can use own initiative to progress projects and collaborate with a large range of colleagues in other countries.
- Passionate about child protection and an interest or experience in international development.
- Professional experience within the NGO sector.
- Established relationships with key US media outlets.
- Fluency in other languages; Spanish preferred.
- Able to travel and participate in events occurring after typical business hours, from time to time.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Lumos USA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Lumos, please visit the website at https://wearelumos.org/