Communications Manager

Location | Flexible, but preferably based in the Global SouthStart date | July 2022Type |  Full time. 28 hours per week. Salary | USD 60,000 annually + benefits

Job Summary

 The Communications Manager is largely responsible for managing all communications at FRIDA, while providing co-leadership support to the larger Communications & Advocacy (CoAd) team, within which this position falls. The Communications Manager will work most closely with the Advocacy Manager, as together they are Co-Managers of the Communications and Advocacy team. They will be a dynamic and confident leader, responsible for overseeing and implementing FRIDA’s communications strategy as they offer valuable insights and inputs into advocacy components. The location of the position is flexible and will be negotiated for where the applicant is legally able to reside.
As a cross-cutting position, this position will work closely with members of the FRIDA staff as well as interacting with the larger community, including grantee partners, advisors, and donors. It will be supervised by a FRIDA Co-Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Overall co-management of the Communications & Advocacy (CoAd) team at FRIDA. This includes supervision of all Communications staff and consultants that fall under this team, overseeing their individual and collective work plans, developing and monitoring budgets, and leading by example to promote a healthy and happy work culture.
  • Provide overall direction for the CoAd team, ensuring that it is adequately resourced, meeting its goals and fulfilling organizational priorities.
  • Participate in strategic thinking and planning for the organization alongside the managerial team as well as the rest of the staff. Contribute to collective leadership at FRIDA, actively participate in online and in-person meetings, support with setting up and managing collectivized processes.
  • Support strategic alignment with other team goals and adhere to policies and strategies. 
  • Lead in developing and monitoring the CoAd team budget, with the oversight and support of a Co-Executive Director. Ensures the team and its members have sufficient and adequate resources to perform their functions. 
  • Support FRIDA’s Co-Executive Directors and Finance Team in financial planning for the organization. 
  • Enable co-leadership of initiatives within the CoAd team, creates a healthy co-working, participatory environment within the team.
  • Track and support the professional development of supervisees, ensuring professional development opportunities are aligned with team strategy / FRIDA strategy / their personal professional development trajectory. 
  • May fill in for the Co-Executive Director’s Communications and Advocacy related responsibilities during their absence.
  • Develop and strengthen FRIDA organizational culture promoting transparency, accountability, as well as collective care and holistic security practices as part of FRIDA´s values. 
  • Model and practice co-leadership by building joint leadership practices, and sharing responsibilities, accountability and support to the CoAD team, as team co-leaders.

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Lead the development of the annual CoAd team workplan and team goals; and monitors and assesses its implementation. 
  • Work closely with Co-Executive Directors to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for FRIDA’s communications goals , including preparing relevant annual workplans and budgets.
  • Work with FRIDA’s Monitoring Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Team to ensure relevant data is compiled, and is reaching and serving FRIDA’s communications and advocacy goals and strategies. 
  • Advocacy, Communications and Media
  • Hold the FRIDA editorial line: gives final approval on all written FRIDA material for external audiences. This includes posts on the website,  articles for external publications, newsletters, press releases, public statements, research pieces, opinion pieces etc.
  •  Manage and oversee knowledge-building projects, such as research pieces, opinion pieces and special publications to ensure that FRIDA is a ‘go-to’ source for knowledge on young feminist activism and the philanthropic field, and has the evidence needed to support its advocacy strategy. 
  • Approve digital campaigns and offer guidance and direction on their execution by working closely with Comms Team and other cross-team collaborators.
  • Identify and analyze regional and thematic developments and trends in feminist and youth organizing and funding on an ongoing basis. Maintains an expert understanding of the field of funding for young feminist organizing in order to lead the development of FRIDA’s public responses to current trends through statements, articles, and/or position papers.
  • Oversee the dissemination and publication of FRIDA’s action research and related material at public events, and via FRIDA website, webinars, online communications, and other channels.
  • Oversee work with FRIDA staff, graphic designers, animators, and other consultants to create digital and print reports, videos and/or other multimedia of FRIDA impact data and analysis.
  • Manage key media, donor and ally relationships as they relate to communications and advocacy, in line with FRIDA’s strategic goals. 
  • Enable and cultivate relationships between FRIDA and media makers such as journalists, social media influencers, traditional mediamakers and more. 
  • Lead FRIDA into new and emerging opportunities, platforms and spaces, especially outside the “typical” communications and advocacy spaces, such as in the Global South and among emerging economies and politics. 
  • Pursue the long-term influencing of spaces and leverages FRIDA’s position in philanthropy to open space for more young feminists in leadership.
  • Coordinates with the Communications team to ensure capacity building support for grantee partners’ & advisors’ comms goals.
  • Produce and support the production of quality writing pieces for internal and external communications and research, varying across styles for different audiences, including for publication. 

Resource Mobilization

  • Provide writing support for proposals, reports, and communication to FRIDA’s donors, as and when needed by the Resource Mobilization team. 
  • Lead and guide CoAd team’s involvement and engagement in resource mobilization and community engagement campaigns.

 External Representation, Collaborations and Related Tasks

  • Pursue key coalitions between movements and donors to catalyze collaborations between activists and donors towards social justice change. 
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with other young feminist-led organizations, women’s funds partners, international non-government organizations and other key partners.
  • Organize events and represent FRIDA at relevant venues, networks and in consortia to educate and encourage more and better support for young feminist organizing.
  • Represent the organization by participating strategically in key associations and organizations, serving on committees, boards, and advisory groups.
  • Speak in public settings to sustain and build organizational visibility and influence
  • Other duties as assigned, in line with this ToR.

FRIDA encourages, promotes, and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Young women and trans youth under 35 years old are strongly encouraged to apply. LGBTQIA+ youth, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and youth from the following regions: Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central and North Asia (CEECCNA), West, East, Southern and Central Africa (WESCA), South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA), Latin America, Caribbean, and South, South- East, East Asia and the Pacific (SSEEAP), are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please apply by Friday May 6th at 12am EST

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