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Senior Communications Manager

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National Democratic Institute

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Senior Communications Manager

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Communications Manager to expand external outreach to increase support for NDI’s mission by developing communication strategies with a heavy focus on online and social media, in addition to traditional press. The role involves writing, storytelling and the use of creative and design elements such as graphic design and videography. Ths will also include outreach to the U.S. Congress.  The position reports to the Director, Government Relations and Communications, and does not have direct reports.


Develop and implement social media, press and external communications strategies to increase support for international democracy assistance 

Develop social media campaigns that reach large numbers of new international and domestic audiences in order to increase online engagement and fundraising

Manage press outreach to promote NDI staff experts and public events in the media, including drafting press releases, statements, advisories and opinion-related pieces

Expand congressional outreach with Members of Congress and staff to highlight NDI’s role in promoting international democracy, credible and fair elections, and open and transparent governance

Contribute to the writing and design of e-newsletters and other email communications with a goal of substantially increasing subscriptions

Develop video concepts in conjunction with other team members to share NDI success stories that highlight our work with democracy partners around the world

Create and edit content for the NDI website, blog and social media accounts, in conjunction with other team staff members

Monitor congressional hearings and markups and assist in drafting congressional testimony for NDI experts

Assist with congressional events to demonstrate NDI impact

Assist in the design of brochures, infographics, annual reports, event invitations and other online and printed materials

Monitor information sources, including think tanks, traditional media, blogs and social media networks, for opportunities to highlight NDI’s work

Oversee special projects, including videos, workshops for NDI staff and press contact databases


Bachelor’s degree required; Journalism, communications, digital media, graphic design, or related courses preferred

Minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in the field of communications and government relations, including developing communications, branding, marketing and public relations strategies   

Experience includes at least three (3) years of experience and proven track record in rapidly expanding online presence and outreach through social media, email marketing, online advertising and fundraising 

Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills required

Creative talent, visual storytelling, and professional publishing skills required

Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively necessary

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, use independent judgment and follow-through with minimal supervision

Ability to work under pressure and deadlines

Congressional experience or prior engagement with the U.S. Congress preferred

Graphic design, photography and some videography skills desirable

International relations and development experience, including knowledge of NDI’s democracy work a plus

Knowledge with Adobe Creative Suite, FinalCut Pro, CiviCRM and Drupal preferred

Knowledge with web design, HTML and CSS desirable

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a 40 hour per week full-time position. Core hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m however there may be flexibility on start and end time depending on department needs. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


There is international travel associated with this role. There may be local travel depending on events and donor activities.  


Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive  work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making.  Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.

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National Democratic Institute

455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20001-2621

Phone: 202-728-5500

Fax: 888-875-2887


National Democratic Institute

455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20001-2621

Phone: 202-728-5500

Fax: 888-875-2887

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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Since its founding in 1983, NDI has worked with local partners in 130 countries and territories, bringing together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise. Partners receive broad exposure to best practices in international democratic development that can be adapted to the needs of their own countries. NDI’s multinational approach reinforces the message that while there is no single democratic model, certain core principles are shared by all democracies

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