Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Communications Director--Malaria Policy Center

Job Description
Communications Director
Malaria Policy Center

About Malaria No More
Malaria No More has one and only one mission: ending malaria deaths in Africa.
The world has known how to defeat malaria for more than a century, yet it remains the number one killer of children under five in Africa, claiming more than one million lives a year. Malaria No More (MNM) works to raise the profile of the disease among the public, policymakers, and businesses, while engaging both the public and private sector to provide life-saving bed nets and other critical interventions to families in Africa.
Our role as a catalyst is to maximize opportunities to save lives through communications, resources and investments. Each area of our work leverages the others to form a virtuous cycle for impact. We make high-yield investments of time and capital to speed progress, unlock resources, mobilize new assets and spur the world toward reaching this goal.
About the Malaria No More Policy Center
The Malaria Policy Center (MPC) leads MNM’s advocacy efforts. Despite being less than four years old, it has become a recognized leader in raising awareness among policymakers and opinion leaders, both here and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the MPC has worked tirelessly to turn the malaria challenge into the first great humanitarian victory of the 21st Century.

The Policy Center:
 Conducts research and analysis of the malaria field to provide a robust assessment and corresponding policy agenda for the issue;
 Educates policymakers, the media and other opinion leaders on the issue of malaria, including its scope, impact and needed interventions;
 Raises awareness and support for malaria among the G8 and other donor-nations;
 Leverages support to enact effective policies to ensure a significant and sustained investment in funding to fight malaria;
 Builds coalitions among world policymakers in an effort to maximize the effectiveness of policies and investments; and
 In addition to supporting the work of groups like the new African Leaders Malaria Alliance, the MPC works closely with the Congressional Malaria Caucus and Senate Working Group on Malaria on Capitol Hill, Friends of the Global Fight, ONE, World Vision, Roll Back Malaria and other key coalitions and organizations. To assist the MPC in its global reach, it works with MNM affiliates and teams in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Senegal and Tanzania.

Job Description:
The Malaria Policy Center is looking to hire a Communications Director. The position is full-time and based in Washington, D.C.
The primary purpose of this role is to guide the overall communications strategy for the Malaria Policy Center to all audiences and through all applicable media channels and advise how the Malaria Policy Center’s work can be promoted and communicated as part of Malaria No More’s overall body of work. Responsibilities include but are not limited:
Traditional Media Outreach – Interaction with traditional media outlets such as newsprint and television. Key audiences are Congressional correspondents and leading global health reporters.
Pitching MPC to reporters Creating Press Materials (Releases, etc)
Maintenance of media lists Internal material (talking points, etc)
Creation of printed materials

New Media Outreach – All online communication from the web site to attempts at viral video elements are managed and at times produced by the Director. As the reliance on Social Media grows so too will this category of work.
Website management Blog (post creation and editing)
Video production (MWtv) Social Media (Twitter, Facebook)

Advocacy Education – Advocacy Education houses the largest stand-alone project for the Communications team, The Griots Project. This role find the Director managing partnership relationships and overseeing all facets of Advocacy Education for volunteers, including curriculum creation, video production, course management and volunteer retention. As the Griots Project scales up this role will take more focus and care.
Managing the Griots Project Materials distribution

Events – As part of the MPC team, the Communication Director plays an important role in the planning and production of events. From ordering the programs of events to managing media prior, during and after the event this role becomes a focus during event season.
Planning of event programs Managing media for events
Production of media and av components

International Advocacy – This category includes preparation for international travel and relationship management with partners in-country. This also includes advising the program team on outreach efforts and working with MNM affiliates on material sharing etc.
African outreach Affiliate interaction

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 On-the-record press experience;
 Proven media pitching success;
 Excellent communications and advocacy skills; and
 The aptitude to effectively and proactively communicate with a variety of audiences

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to:

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