Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action
Position: Senior Director of Global Communications
Location: Existing IPA Country Office, New York, NY, Washington, DC
Salary: Not specified
Closing date: 31/10/2022 (day/month/year)
Innovations for Poverty Action
The Senior Director of Global Communications is a leadership role responsible for expanding and leading all aspects of IPA’s integrated strategic communications strategy. The role ensures that IPA’s voice and brand continues to lead the field of rigorous evaluation and policy translation and that the organization’s internal communications continually improve. The Senior Director will develop and execute a new marketing and communications strategy to expand the conversation on evidence use and lift up the diversity of IPA’s voices for the dual purpose of 1) growing IPA’s impact and influence in the world and 2) reaching donor and funder audiences. This highly collaborative role will take inputs and ideas from across the organization (country teams, policy team and technical specialists), and from hundreds of partners and researchers around the world and create cohesive and high impact communications strategies and products to create meaningful impact in the lives of the poor. They will report to the Chief Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer and work closely with the Chief Research and Policy Officer to develop and lead IPA’s communications strategy. They will support the senior management team, including the Executive Director, on all internal and external communications for the advancement of the mission and vision of the organization.
The Senior Director of Global Communications will supervise a high performing and growing communications function including managers of media, publications, digital media and design, and internal communications and their teams, including a number of strong policy and communications writers. The highly collaborative, fast growing, and well-respected team is both responsive to internal stakeholders and colleagues – from country offices, sector programs, policy, and fundraising teams – while providing focus and consistency across the organization to elevate awareness among and engagement with target audiences.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced communicator; knowledgeable about global development, rigorous evidence, and at least one or two sectors; and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. Success in this role will require strong instincts to “catch the moment” with the right messages and angles to advance IPA’s strategic goals while prioritizing well among many tasks at any given time. A day in this role could move from editing fundraising emails to joining a planning meeting with Nobel-prize winners to drafting a quick brief for a minister level stakeholder interested in scaling up an effective program. The right candidate will be curious, ask probing questions that get to the heart of the matter, and will possess a clear understanding of the role of communications in policy, systems, and mindset change.
Lead IPA’s marketing strategy (40%)
Lead IPA’s communications function and team (40%)
Support senior leadership in & personally lead effective internal communications (20%)
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Closing date: 2022-10-31
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