Ibis Reproductive Health is a global nonprofit driving change through bold, rigorous research and principled partnerships that advance sexual and reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. We believe that research can catalyze change when the entire research process is viewed as an opportunity to shift power, is undertaken in partnership with the communities most affected, and includes a focus on how data can be most effectively used to make change. We focus on increasing access to quality abortion care, transforming access to abortion and contraception through technology and service innovations, and expanding comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services. Ibis works with partners in more than 30 countries on six continents. Our staff is located in Cambridge, MA and Oakland CA, USA; and Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information, visit: www.ibisreproductivehealth.org.

We seek an individual with a commitment to sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice to join the team as an Associate Communications Director. This person will play a key leadership role in developing and executing Ibis Reproductive Health’s communication strategies across all media and in the countries we work in. This position is a member of the Free the Pill campaign team, a multi-year effort to bring an oral contraceptive over the counter in the United States. Approximately 50% of the individual’s time will be spent on this project, and 50% will be spent on overall Ibis communications. A competitive candidate for this position will have experience communicating research and leading values-driven, evidence-based advocacy communications to a wide range of audiences. The Associate Communications Director reports to the Vice President for Development and Public Affairs; their work on the Free the Pill campaign will be overseen by the Free the Pill Project Director. In March, or as soon as public health conditions permit, Ibis will pilot a model of hybrid work where all staff (excluding permanently remote staff) will work from their local offices at least two days per week. Ibis requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This position will be based in the Cambridge or Oakland office, with the expectation of at least two days per week of in-office work.

Strategic communications
  • Works with Ibis colleagues and consultants to develop and implement the organization’s overall communications strategy to expand awareness about Ibis and our work.
  • Develops and implements an editorial calendar that leverages key communications moments.
  • Develops clear, consistent, and compelling language that communicates our research results and implications for policy and service change through an equity lens.
  • Ensures Ibis’s core messages remain relevant to Ibis’s strategy and current priorities and works with staff to incorporate messages into organizational communications.
  • Supports Ibis staff and board members with talking points, training, and other tools so they are well-equipped to be effective ambassadors for Ibis in the media and other venues.
  • Works with the Director of Southern Africa Programs and other staff to help develop and support an effective communications strategy in South Africa and the Africa region.
  • Oversees implementation of a strong and effective social media strategy.
  • Oversees maintenance of Ibis websites.
  • Supervises creation of electronic and printed communications materials, including working with outside vendors.
  • Develops and implements systems to ensure effective team and cross-departmental communication and collaboration.
  • May manage and supervise other team members. Supervises the work of Ibis communications consultants and interns.

Media relations
  • Collaborates with communications and program staff to cultivate relationships with key media outlets. Prepares press materials and organizes press events as necessary.
  • Tracks impact of press outreach and oversees maintenance of media contacts and files.

Program communications
  • Collaborates with research and project staff to identify communications opportunities; this includes mapping out strategies, messages, and tools and overseeing the development of materials.
  • Works with the Free the Pill Project Director, team, and communications firm and other consultants to develop and execute an ambitious communications strategy.

Minimum qualifications:
We recognize that strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here, and encourage applications from individuals who bring passion, skills, and experience in many or most of these areas.
  • 6-8 years of work experience in communications or relevant field, with increasing leadership in developing and carrying out a broad range of communications strategies and tactics
  • Passion for and experience with work to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the United States and globally
  • Commitment to racial justice and equity, and experience partnering with communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, including Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous peoples, AAPI and Latinx people, women, young people, and LGBTQ+ individuals, and people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities on a range of projects with attention to detail, flexibility, and creativity
  • Ability to make and carry out strategic decisions independently, and to seek input when needed
  • Experience developing values-based messages backed by facts/evidence for a range of audiences
  • Fluency with a range of digital and social media platforms and tools and experience in building systems and infrastructure for communications teams
  • Familiarity and comfort with sexual and reproductive health and/or public health research
  • Enthusiasm to work collaboratively with teams and partner organizations in a wide range of geographic contexts
  • Earned media experience (preferred)
  • Prior supervisory and budget management experience (preferred)
  • Prior experience working in a dual role (one split between two or more programs or departments) (preferred)

Benefits: Ibis’s generous benefits package includes: medical insurance, with most of the premium paid by Ibis; dental, disability, and life insurance; paid sick leave; a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer contributions after the first year; four weeks of vacation per year; transit benefits; and professional development opportunities.

Salary: Cambridge: $74,881; Oakland: $76,838

Start date: Position starts as soon as it is filled.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply here by February 18, 2022. No phone calls please.

Ibis is an equal opportunity employer. Ibis seeks to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace; we encourage applications from Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous peoples, people of color, women, young people, LGBTQ+ individuals, including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive, people with disabilities, first-generation college graduates, those from communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, and people from other underrepresented communities.
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