Communication Manager

Aspen Network of Development Entreprenuers
Washington, DC
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The Aspen Institute

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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises nearly 300 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries.

ANDE is looking for a Communications Manager, based in our Washington, DC office. This is a full-time position.

Position Description

The Communications Manager manages the day-to-day work of ANDE’s global communications team. The position currently reports to the Director of Strategic Development. This role currently supervises a Regional Communications Coordinator, supporting ANDE’s regional chapters in the execution of effective email, web, and social media communications. The Manager’s role includes a combination of strategic communications, managing primary global communications channels, and contributing to advocacy and influencing efforts via content creation and media pitching.

Strategic oversight of ANDE’s overall communications work related to design, tone, quality control. and organizational positioning.
Maintain an updated strategy for the use of ANDE’s various communications channels (email, website, social media channels, media placements).
In close coordination with the Executive Director and other senior leadership, craft, update, and execute an organizational communications strategy and plan opportunities for growth and impact and a tactical path forward.
Lead communications work planning process across all eight ANDE chapters. Consult regularly with individual chapters on the design and implementation of their communications strategies.
Oversee ANDE’s website, ensuring it is functional and updated. Liaise with IT team to ensure technical requirements are met for functional support across ANDE’s programs.
Oversee ANDE brand management and brand compliance across the program.
Create and implement communications toolkits for ANDE.
In coordination with ANDE advocacy team, support key advocacy objectives by researching target audiences and developing comprehensive communications strategies in response.
Seek out media placements via op-eds or story pitches related to ANDE priorities in high-value outlets and manage relationships with PR firms and media as needed.
Supervise Comms Regional Communications Associate, interns, and all communications contractors or vendors, including external graphic designers.
Manage budget and work plan for communications.
Work with IT team to manage the administration of ANDE communications tools, including Canva, Hootsuite, Campaign Monitor, WordPress, etc.
Serve as the principal point of contact with the Aspen Institute communications department to make use of organizational resources, including design requests, media placements, and inclusion of ANDE in Aspen communications.
Refine and track metrics for success in ANDE’s communications work.
Target Profile:

8-10 years of experience in relevant communications roles with prior supervisory experience.
Master’s degree in Communications with some International Development-related education and/or experience preferred.
Prior background working in an international context and/or demonstrated ability to work well across cultures required.
Excellent writing and editing skills, including proofreading and copyediting. Strong attention to detail required.
Experience leading the development of a communication strategy, implementing social media strategies, managing communications vendors and consultants, setting budgets, and developing internal work plans.
Prior experience in media placements for organizational op-eds.
Basic web editing skills, preferably WordPress.
Experience managing social media accounts, including social media management platforms such as Hootsuite, and with software tools including Campaign Monitor, Salesforce, Asana a plus.
Experience with basic graphic design; knowledge of Adobe suite or Canva a plus.
Experience using analytics to inform strategy.
Self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is experienced in juggling multiple, competing priorities a must.
Second language, particularly French, Portuguese or Spanish, a plus.
The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstances.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.