Head of Strategic Communications

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Head of Strategic Communications

Organization: Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) 

Location: Flexible/Remote in a country where you have the right to work 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Direct Line reports: Around 4, but subject to fluctuate based on funding and grant commitments (Communications Coordinator, Communications Officer (French-Speaking), Communications Officer (Spanish-Speaking), Web Lead) 

Contract term: Indefinite 

Hours of work: 32 hours, Monday to Thursday Salary range: USD $68,000-$95,000* + Benefits 

*We are in the midst of a compensation review, putting in place our first globally standardized job tier/pay scale. This range may be subject to change as a result of that process. 

Benefits overview: 

  • 4-day (Monday-Thursday) work week. We do not work on Fridays. 
  • We are a fully remote global team. 
  • Paid time off (including 25 vacation days per year; pro rata for part-time employees). 
  • Employer contribution to pension/retirement savings. 
  • Income insurance. 
  • Health/medical insurance (varies by country). 
  • “Work At Home” and “Learning & Development” allowances. 

About this role: 

Reporting to the EM2030 Executive Director, the Head of Communications & Engagement will lead our strategic communications work (including branding, creative direction, design and implementation of campaign and outreach strategies, events, and other innovative approaches to reach key audiences) to drive accountability and raise gender equality up the policymaking agenda. 

This is a highly matrixed role, as strategic communications objectives are embedded within the roles of many other EM2030 team members. The Head of Strategic Communications will need to be an experienced leader of teams, managing around 4 direct reports and a network of external communications vendors and suppliers. Key to the success of this role will be working with stakeholders across our team and partnership to co-create and collaborate on joint strategic communications efforts. As our partners are all thought leaders on their respective issues and in their respective contexts, this role will especially be about linking, liaising, and collaborating. 

At global level, the Head of Strategic Communications will lead a team that works to maximise the profile and impact of EM2030’s work, including communicating about the efforts of our partners and about our thought leadership, products and tools (such as the flagship SDG Gender Index) and helping to convene both in person and virtual events. The post holder will also play a key role in developing and supporting EM2030’s growth and funding strategy, ensuring that EM2030 is on the radar of key funders and potential collaborators and that we’re identifying and engaging our target audiences effectively. 

Working closely with other team members and our partners, the Head of Communications & Engagement will devise and deliver a strategic communications workplan that leverages best strategic communications practices and knowledge and experience from across our partnership. The post holder will ensure our target audiences know about the work of Equal Measures 2030. The Head of Strategic Communications will also help ensure that EM2030 products and tools really get used to drive change on gender equality. 

The role will suit someone with experience leading teams who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, and someone who values collaboration, flexibility, and nimbleness. You will be a person with patience and humility. You must bring a deep understanding of, and commitment to, Feminist and Anti-Oppression values and principles and be ready to work with us to integrate these across our strategic communications work and beyond. 

What you’ll do: 

Reporting to the Executive Director and working in a matrixed way with colleagues across the EM2030 Secretariat and Partnership, the Head of Strategic Communications will be responsible for the following. 

Leadership and Management of Communications & Engagement 

  • Lead on the development and implementation of a strategic communications workplan for the partnership to share EM2030’s priority messages (including the SDG Gender Index data and findings), support and amplify the strategic communications priorities of our partners, communicate about our collective impact, and advance our strategic objectives. 
  • Lead and direct the Communications & Engagement team including direct reports, consultants, vendors, and other resources in line with budgets available and project and grant commitments
    • This will include overseeing work planning, performance management, and professional growth and development for the team 
    • It will also include ensuring effective hiring, development and mentoring to build a collegial, collaborative, and high-performing team. 
  • Contribute to the corporate management and direction of the organisation as part of the EM2030 Secretariat management team 
  • Contribute strategic communications content and metrics to grant-related and other organizational monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. 
  • Serve as a senior external representative of the EM2030 partnership, through networking, public speaking, writing, presentations, etc. 
  • Champion our Feminist and Anti-Oppression values and principles and work with us to integrate these across our strategic communications work and beyond. 

Communications, Engagement & Outreach 

  • Develop a compelling narrative and provide creative direction, in line with our brand and voice, that positions EM2030 as a leader in the global gender equality and data space. 
  • Increase the generation of multi-lingual (English, French, Spanish) content and campaigns from across our Secretariat team and partnership and use this to increase visibility of EM2030's work amongst target audiences. 
  • Manage production of strategic communications content such as publications, films, brochures, and social media graphics. 
  • Maximise the effectiveness of digital and social media channels to reach the partnership’s strategic communications objectives and boost engagement, including analysing website and social media analytics to guide a digital strategy and maintaining editorial and strategic oversight of the website and social media channels. 
  • Strategise on key stakeholder and influencer outreach and prepare for key events, including drafting speeches and presentations, as well as to develop strategic relationships with stakeholders to expand EM2030’s visibility, solicit support and collaboration and ensure maximum engagement and promotion of flagship products at global and country level through joint campaigns and event management. 
  • Handle all proactive and reactive media relations, in conjunction with relevant partners, developing key messages and acting as a spokesperson or directing spokesperson opportunities to others in the team or broader partnership. 
  • Proactively measure, analyse and report on strategic communications work, to continuously adapt our strategy and approach and for donor reporting. 

Cross-Partnership Collaboration & Support 

  • Work with colleagues across the Secretariat team to compile a cross-Partnership “Content/Editorial Calendar” and lead the implementation, including using best-in-class software tools. 
  • Convene partners (through working groups and shared learning spaces) to advance agreed strategic communications priorities and raise our “collective voice”. 
  • Respond to requests from partners for support with their own strategic communications activities. 

Knowledge, skills, and/or experience you’ll need: 

Essential: 

  • Educated to degree level and/or equivalent experience in strategic communications in non-profit organisations working on gender equality and women's rights and a demonstrated deep understanding of the global gender equality context. 
  • At least 10 years’ experience designing and implementing strategic communications strategies. 
  • Extensive experience working in a role with global scope as well as living and working in one or more of EM2030's current focus regions of Asia, Africa and/or Latin America & the Caribbean. 
  • A solid understanding of global, regional, and national feminist advocacy and activism and the ability to communicate the findings of data analysis in simple and compelling ways. 
  • Ability to develop, implement and monitor creative strategic communications vision and strategies, including significant relevant professional experience, with a track record in managing high-profile media campaigns, report launches, events, etc. 
  • Lead creative direction of external communications products, brainstorming and creative sessions to generate ideas and revise creative drafts and presentations. 
  • Write and design unique creative briefs for vendors (illustrators, graphic designers, photographers/videographers). 
  • Demonstrated experience in web design and development, and ability to manage external teams to create and launch data-rich websites. 
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with proven record of writing and placing opinion pieces and producing information materials such as reports, brochures, and newsletters. 
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables, as well as the ability to respond at short notice and plan and execute several activities at once. 
  • Extensive experience with people management (including with remote teams and multiple contractors and service providers), conflict resolution, team building skills and an overall ability to inspire, mentor and delegate. 
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative to work independently as well as part of a team and be adaptable to changing situations. 
  • Diplomacy and ability to build consensus amongst a diverse range of partners and stakeholders. 
  • Able to both travel internationally and work remotely effectively, including across time zones, whilst managing work/life balance. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English as well as advanced Spanish and/or French. 

Desirable: 

  • High-level of computer and technical fluency with text, image and video/audio/photo editing software 
  • Experience overseeing web development projects 
  • Experience with communications analytics software such as Meltwater 
  • Previous experience of working with grassroots organisations and engaging with activist audiences 

What we offer: 

Our team is collaborative, friendly, flexible, and based in different countries all around the world. 

We have been improving our remote working approaches, systems, and tools since our founding in 2017, and are committed to making EM2030 a great place to work no matter where in the world our team members are located. We are powered by our values and principles, not just in “what” we do but also in “how” we do it: 

  • We are guided by feminist principles and a belief in the importance of gender justice 
  • We are collaborative and believe in the power of women’s collective action 
  • We are rigorous in our analysis and transparent about our methodology and approach 
  • We are outspoken 
  • We listen and learn 

We recognise that it is people that will enable us to reach our vision and mission. We aim to offer a wide range of benefits as outlined above. 

How to apply: 

Please submit in English the following: 

1. A current CV 

2. A cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, and how you would contribute to EM2030’s vision and mission. 

3. A link to a portfolio or examples of previous communications products and campaigns on which you led (please explain your role in the examples shared) 

Please include Head of Strategic Communications in the subject line of the email and submit to amanda.kobeissi@equalmeasures2030.org by 12 February 2023. 

We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. To learn more about EM2030 and our work, please visit our website at https://www.equalmeasures2030.org and review our strategic plan. 

People from and based in the Global South, women; trans, non-binary and intersex persons; persons with disabilities and other candidates from historically oppressed groups, of all ages, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 

Employment Logistics 

Equal Measures 2030 is a fiscally sponsored project of Panorama Global, a 501(c)(3) social impact nonprofit that empowers changemakers through radical collaboration. 

Employment of this role will be facilitated by Panorama Global. Equal Measures 2030’s team members in the USA are employees of Panorama Global, and team members outside of the USA are employees of a Professional Employer Organization/Employer of Record (PEO/EOR) that is appropriately registered as an employer in the individual's respective country of work to ensure compliance with local labor law. 

Panorama is committed to creating a diverse team and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We know that representation matters in the workplace and with our partners; to that end we are committed to a hiring process grounded in equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, citizenship or immigration status, national origin, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, political ideology, the presence of any physical, mental, or sensory disability, age, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please email SponsoredProjectsHR@panoramaglobal.org. 

Final offer will be contingent on confirmation of the individual’s eligibility to work in his/her respective country. 

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