Senior Communications Officer, Global Partnerships

  • Full-time
  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year

International Rescue Committee



Marketing & Mobilization

Marketing & Mobilization (M&M) is a dynamic team that is tasked with building the IRC’s global profile and brand, growing private revenue from deeper donor engagement and partnerships, and influencing our target audiences. We are responsible for all of IRC’s brand, communications, creative and content and digital engagement efforts.

Job Overview/Job Summary

The Global Partnerships communications team is part of the Marketing & Mobilization (M&M) department. The team supports and highlights the IRC’s high value donors and partnerships with the private and philanthropic sectors.

Working in collaboration with teams across the organization, this role leads external-facing communication with philanthropic partners to raise brand recognition, engage donor audiences, spotlight sector-leading solutions and innovations, facilitate fundraising through cause marketing and other campaigns, and meet donor visibility requirements.

This position works directly with the global high value teams to support forward-looking and purposeful communications strategies targeting key audiences and markets. Does this sound like an exciting fit for you?

Major Responsibilities

This communicator will:

  • Work alongside our foundation and corporate teams to support grant visibility requirements and proactive profile-building opportunities.
  • In particular, focus on expansion of external visibility opportunities, technical program thought leadership in partnership with foundations, and coaching support to local communications staff.
  • Lead external engagement strategy around campaigns and key moments with partners, including digital activations, earned and paid media pitches, flagship events, etc.
  • Lead thought leadership and executive communications strategy with partners to elevate cross-sector solutions and commitments to the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
  • Collaborate closely with, seek input from, and manage opportunities with a wide range of internal stakeholders, including the Media, Experiential Marketing, Events, Entertainment Relations, Fundraising, Digital, Brand, Creative, and other teams.
  • Identify and grow key media targets beyond the policy / humanitarian sectors and help to build our profile with new audiences and international markets.
  • Ensure that existing partnership materials are kept up to date – such as messaging documents, decks, media lists, etc. and help to the development of messaging, project management systems and processes, strategy planning documents, etc.
  • Contribute to quarterly reports on coverage, engagement, and performance using industry standard metrics and bench-marking.
  • Manage additional special projects across the Partnerships communications team based on strategic needs of the team.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Associate Director, Global Partnership Communications

Position directly supervises: n/a

Indirect Reporting: n/a

Internal: Work with global external relations colleagues, writers, content producers, digital team members, IRC advocates and fundraisers.

Job Requirements

  • Genuine passion about the IRC’s work and leading 360-degree communications activations with philanthropic partners!
  • 6+ years in communications in the private or NGO sectors; experience supporting communications for technical program areas is a plus
  • Strong understating of media landscape and comfort with pitching stories and writing statements, quotes, etc.
  • High degree of comfort coaching other team members on communications strategy and supporting adaptation of global communications plans for local audiences
  • A generalist who thinks about communications across channels, e.g., video, digital, social, and media and is able to connect the dots!
  • Experience with events and activations to build profile and visibility.
  • Experience leading complex projects from start to finish.
  • Experience handling external relationships, such as with customers, clients, media, or donors.
  • Experience with cause marketing preferred.
  • Experience working with high value donors preferred, bonus for experience working in the donor landscape in US, EU, and/or MENA.
  • A planner and executer. Someone who has a consistent record of project management, taking initiative and driving implementation.
  • Self-starter comfortable working with remote, global teams and in ambiguity.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Working Environment:

  • Hybrid working environment with the option of working from home a few days a week. May be remote elligible.
  • If based outside the US, willing to work on East Coast, United States hours from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST from Monday-Thursday.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to apply

Deadline: 10-Jun-24