Director, Communications – Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, United Nations Foundation

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The Director of Communications leads the communications strategy of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, a global multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the production, analysis and use of data for sustainable development, housed at the United Nations Foundation.

The Director, working closely with the Executive Director and other colleagues will be responsible for developing a communications strategy, annual planning, execution and oversight of all communications efforts around local, national and international activities that further the GPSDD’s overall strategy and mission to connect and convene different stakeholders and drive collaborations to improve the production, analysis and use of data worldwide.

The GPSDD is a fast-growing, dynamic international partnership bringing together over 180 different organizations including governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. We convene, connect and catalyze action to address the problems of poor data use, access, quality and production, and to work with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development. We aim to link and align action, capacities and resources across geographies, sectors and data communities.

We are looking for a dynamic new Director of Communications to increase the visibility of the Partnership and its activities, to collaborate closely with partners to develop strategies and products around major events and areas of work, to improve communication between the GPSDD and its members and to reach new audiences to increase the political impact of the Partnership.


Translate GPSDD’s mission, strategy, goals, current operating plan, event calendar and unique partnership base into a strong communications strategy and plan with clear, achievable deliverables.
Build a policy communications & engagement plan to successfully influence key decision-makers within governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations.
In coordination with partners, build communications plans for different work streams within the GPSDD, with a focus on compelling articulation on the policy relevance of the work and achievements of the partnerships, and ensuring alignment with our overall messaging.
Produce diverse written products, from major speeches to blog posts, from press releases to newsletter content.
Oversee and lead GPSDD website and social media channels.
Edit public-facing documents (e.g. reports, correspondence with VIPs, grant proposals, etc.).
Develop and oversee a plan for internal communications, including regular updates to Partners.
Liaise with the UN Foundation’s Public Affairs team to promote GPSDD’s messages within the UN Foundation, and coordinate with broader UNF priorities.
Represent GPSDD as needed, at public events.
Build and maintain relationships with U.S. and international journalists, producers and bloggers.
Oversee contracts and projects with communications vendors such as designers and photographer/videographers, as well as media consultants.
Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria:

Master’s degree required in public policy, data science, communications, economics, journalism, or international affairs, plus 7-10 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with policy influence and communications in data science, statistics, or international affairs preferred.
Experience working with high level decision-makers and their teams, demonstrated experience in building an influence plan (including communications strategies, events engagement, timelines) on a given issue.
Excellent writing, editing, interpersonal, and oral communications skills.
Creativity and a strong knowledge of new ways to communicate about data – including visualizations, infographics, and social media outlets.
Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines.
Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; with a knack for convening stakeholders across varied sectors.
Sense of humor; highly organized; demonstrates grace under pressure; and delivers results in a fast-paced environment.
A willingness to travel, domestically and internationally (around 25-35%, depending on needs) and the ability to interact with people from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds.
Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.

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