Communications Manager
International Rescue Committee - New York, NY

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The Women's Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is legally part of the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Women’s Refugee Commission receives no direct financial support from the IRC.


The Communications Manager supports the work of the communications team to raise visibility of the organization and its core programs. Working in collaboration with communications, program, advocacy and development staff, she/he supports the dissemination of print and electronic materials, updates the website, contributes to social media initiatives, assists with media outreach and helps to organize events to further the program and advocacy goals of the organization.

  • Help manage the Women's Refugee Commission website, including writing and updating content, selecting photographs and managing Google ad words. Liaise with website designer.
  • Support Women’s Refugee Commission’s social media presence on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and other networks.
  • Help draft and produce e-blasts and monthly email newsletters to inform subscribers of Women’s Refugee Commission activities and support fundraising and advocacy efforts.
  • Maintain MailChimp database.
  • Manage logistics for events that promote WRC program and fundraising initiatives.
  • Schedule regular cross-department meetings to enhance internal communication and to identify needs and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Distribute materials to listservs.
  • Identify outlets for placement of print and electronic materials.
  • Help draft media materials, including pitches, press releases, media advisories and fact sheets.
  • Research media contacts and potential opportunities for specific program areas. Maintain lists required to ensure effective outreach.
  • Monitor WRC’s general email account ( Respond as needed to requests.
  • Compile weekly news update for staff.
  • Process invoices for payment.
  • Oversee hiring and supervision of communications interns.
  • Other tasks and projects as assigned by supervisor.

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in communications, journalism, public relations or international affairs.
  • Two to five years previous work experience, preferably at a nonprofit organization, with proven writing, editing and design skills and ability to produce a variety of official materials.
  • Excellent computer skills: knowledge of Joomla, Photoshop, InDesign, Excel and Raiser’s Edge desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people in writing, in person and via telephone.
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to work proactively and to multi-task in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively and independently in a multicultural team environment.
  • A proven interest and commitment to humanitarian and human rights issues.

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