Deputy Director/Managing Editor

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: International Republican Institute
Closing date: 15 Jan 2021

Job Summary:

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day-to-day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision. -making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

IRI has an incredible story to tell – from our mission to our history to today’s work in some of the most demanding and exhilarating places in the world. Our work matters, and we know it. The communications team at IRI tells that story to our key stakeholders around the world. We are growing to meet increasing demand for our products, both internally and externally.

As a key part of the Communications leadership team, the Deputy Communications Director/Managing Editor will develop and execute a proactive editorial strategy for the entire Institute. We are seeking experienced communications professional who is passionate about the written word and the role of democracy promotion as a key element of US foreign policy.

This position reports to the Director of Communications and will supervise the Media and Communications Manager, part-time writer/editor and all contract editors. The Deputy Director is a member of IRI’s senior staff and will work regularly with colleagues across the Institute and at the executive level.

Position Requirements

· Undergraduate degree required in communications, political/social science, international relations or related field.

· Proven experience managing a communications portfolio and developing a thoughtful content strategy

· Demonstrated interest in foreign affairs, national security and/or development issues, and domestic and international politics.

· Minimum 8 years relevant experience.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

· High proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required; proficiency with Cision or other media monitoring tools strongly preferred.

· Ability to exercise judgment on messaging and external engagement

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

· Writes/edits/manages production, promotion and final review of all non-digital external publications for the Institute, including:

o Op-eds/Thought-leadership content/Talking points/speeches (Writing and commissioning—approximately 40% of portfolio)

o Publications (e.g., reports, policy briefs, poll packages—improving promotion of polls)

o Democracy Speaks blogs

o Marketing materials/website content as needed

· Works with EA/FO/divisional leadership to put in place strategic plans for non-digital content and oversees implementation

· Works with senior leadership to initiate trainings and communications-oriented innovations

· Engages and liaises with thought leaders and stakeholders to collaborate on content reflecting IRI’s institutional priorities

· Manages the editorial work on external publications and exercises quality control oversight

· Oversees/develops library of template language on IRI/IRI programs/key strategic areas for talking points, marketing materials, website

· Manages the Junior Writer/Editor and contract writers and editors

· Works with EA and divisional leadership to set priorities and best practice for IRI’s non-digital communications

· Oversees all media outreach and engagement strategy/crisis communications and manages Media Communications Manager

How to apply:

Apply online with your cover letter and resume at: Deputy Director/Managing Editor | Job Opportunities (

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