Director of Communications, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) seeks a Director of Communications who is passionate about our mission of spreading knowledge about how people can nonviolently struggle and win human rights, freedom, and justice.

Location: Washington, DC
Anticipated start date: February 1, 2017
Application instructions: Please submit a cover letter, CV, one or more writing samples totaling 5-10 pages, and at least four references. Apply at the following link:

Application deadline: December 21, 2016.

About The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict:

We are an independent educational foundation that develops and disseminates knowledge about how people can organize themselves and engage in nonviolent civil resistance to win rights, freedom, and justice. We communicate this knowledge to organizers, activists, scholars, civil society organizations, journalists, members of the policy community and others throughout the world.

Since our founding in 2002, we have pursued our mission by organizing two annual summer institutes (for international professionals and for activists in North America), educational seminars (both in person and online), workshops for people from 139 countries, and many other educational and civic programs. We also support groundbreaking research, translations of critical educational resources, the development of new written and audiovisual materials about civil resistance and the sharing of new about ongoing nonviolent movements worldwide. Find out more about our work at:


As demand for ICNC’s work grows rapidly, we seek an experienced communications professional with a demonstrated interest in human rights, international affairs, and/or social movements. This position will systematize ICNC’s communications, marketing, and media relations. The Director of Communications will organize and execute strategies in all of these areas, collaborating with members of ICNC’s staff in the process. This position is directly supported by ICNC’s Manager for Editorial Initiatives and an intern.

ICNC is a go-to resource globally on nonviolent civil resistance and our key audiences include:
Activists and organizers struggling for human rights around the world
Scholars researching social movements, civil resistance, and related fields
Members of NGOs
Members of the policy community

Scope of Work:

Primary responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

Develop and implement a cross-organizational communications plan, in consultation with ICNC’s President and other staff, to elevate stories about civil resistance and get commentary and research about civil resistance into the news
Track global developments and strategize how to insert a civil resistance perspective into the media stream. Activities will include:
Identifying and cultivating news outlets and receptive journalists for placement of articles and timely radio, print, social media, and television interviews
Writing and publishing articles and op-eds on timely themes
Soliciting written articles and commentary from ICNC staff and members of ICNC’s network
In collaboration with the Manager of Editorial Initiatives, direct ICNC’s blog (forthcoming, and tentatively titled “The Knowledge Exchange”), which aims to be a go-to source internationally for developments in the field of civil resistance, and ensure the blog’s alignment with ICNC’s broader communications strategy
In collaboration with the Manager of Editorial Initiatives, direct the Nonviolent Conflict News ( website and implement editorial guidelines about what kinds of stories we publish
Ensure ICNC’s website, biennial reports, and other communication platforms are consistent with ICNC’s communications plan
Identify and track key metrics to measure communications strategy impact

In consultation with program directors, develop and implement a marketing and promotion strategy for all ICNC program areas
Identify and track key metrics to measure marketing strategy impact

Media Relations
Serve as the main point of contact for media inquiries
Speak with press as needed and be available for interviews
Drawing on ICNC’s extensive network, set up a speaker’s bureau on civil resistance and provide media training to relevant speakers
Potentially create educational resources and lead seminars for journalists on reporting on and covering civil resistance movements
Identify and track key metrics to measure impact of media relations initiatives

Organizational Capacity Development
Train and mentor staff in effective external communications, consistent with the communications plan

Required Qualifications:
MA degree and 7+ years of previous experience working in political communications, journalism, advocacy or marketing


BA degree and 10+ years of previous experience working in political communications, journalism, advocacy or marketing
Demonstrated experience working in international affairs and commitment to human rights
Outstanding writing and editing skills (writing sample required) and the ability to tailor messages to different audiences
Strong oral presentation skills
Experience with online advocacy or marketing campaigns, with a particular emphasis on effective use of social media
Strong skills working in teams and in a collaborative environment
Strong cross-cultural communication skills
Flexible, detail-oriented, and able to deliver results in a fast-paced environment
English language fluency, both written and spoken
Must have permission to work in the US and be located in (or be able to relocate to) the Washington, DC area

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience speaking to journalists and being interviewed on camera (include any relevant links to with your application)
Experience living or working abroad, and/or working knowledge of a foreign language
Graphic design skills
Experience in creating professional digital content for YouTube or Vimeo

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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