Senior Communications

New York, United States Full-time

About GiveDirectly:

GiveDirectly aims to reshape international giving -  and millions of lives - by allowing donors to provide capital grants directly to the world’s poorest. The Brookings Institution estimates that 80B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends 140B each year, much of which is spent on evidence-free interventions.  We want to change that, establishing a benchmark as Vanguard did for the financial industry (i.e., index fund), and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty.

GiveDirectly has raised over 140M since launching in 2011 and has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company.  The Guardian writes, “GiveDirectly…has sent shockwaves through the charity sector. While the New York Times Magazine adds, “The beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” The growing movement toward cash transfers and GiveDirectly’s leading role in the movement have also been featured  in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, Business Insider.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to help grow GiveDirectly and the broader movement.  Our culture is honest, direct, analytical, non-hierarchical, fast-paced, transparent, and hard working.  We are open to candidates from any industry and typically recruit from top schools/firms and offer competitive salary and benefits.

 

Role overview:

We have a small and nimble growth team that is quickly expanding in size and scope. We’re looking for an experienced communications professional to define and execute upon a media and content strategy including email, social media, op-eds, speeches and much more. The ideal candidate will not only have a track record of managing media relationships, but also have a portfolio of written material that proves an ability to convey nuanced ideas in clear, elegant prose across mediums.  We're looking for someone with an endless drive for self-improvement, an ability to deliver high-quality written work on tight deadlines, and the flexibility to adapt to quickly changing needs.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Pitch and build relationships with press, bloggers, and influencers to drive GD’s message
  • Lead content creation, calendaring and distribution across email, social media, blog and other outlets
  • Help develop written content (op-eds, statements, speeches) and complementary multimedia assets
  • Work cross-functionally with field/partnerships/technology teams to gather and convey complex information in a compelling manner
  • Create and execute media campaigns to amplify GIveDirectly’s impact on the broader aid industry
  • Strategize on how to communicate and reach new target populations
  • Train and provide advice to senior team for media interviews and other presentations.

 

We are looking for people with:

  • 8+ years professional experience in communications or journalism
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with experience in digital communications, social media, speechwriting and storytelling
  • Strong media relationships with reporters (Bonus if relationships are in tech or international development).
  • Experience distilling complex policy and concepts into plain language
  • Experience on product launches and strategic communications initiatives
  • A sharp editorial eye and ear, sharp instincts, and an active pen (or keyboard!)
  • Demonstrated ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in fast-paced, high-stress environments, as well as the ability to escalate appropriately
  • Ability to interact with executives with confidence, and to provide advice on their communications that reflect an understanding of their business and leadership style