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International Communications Associate

Nov 5, 2021


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is looking for an enthusiastic communications professional who can contribute to developing and implementing earned, paid and social media strategies that support public health policies in low- and middle-income countries. We want someone with a communications or related degree and 1-2 years of experience who is excited about using their skills to help address one of the deadliest – but entirely solvable – global health crises of our time: tobacco and nicotine use.

The International Communications Associate (Associate) will serve as a vital member of the International Communications unit putting the building blocks in place for innovative, dynamic campaigns that support health advocacy organizations around the world and playing a key role in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is fighting for a world free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work in low- and middle-income countries – where over 80 percent of the world’s smokers live – to support the adoption and implementation of proven solutions that reduce tobacco use and save lives. Over the last 15 years we have worked with local partners and allies in low- and middle-income countries to prevent over 35 million premature deaths!

This position is based in Washington, D.C. Currently all staff are working remotely. Reentry to the D.C. office is expected in January, 2022 under a hybrid work model. Full COVID 19 vaccination requirements apply.

What You’ll Accomplish

Working primarily with the International Communications unit comprised of staff in DC and communications colleagues around the world, you will play a critical role in a fast-paced, always-changing program aimed at passing public health laws in low- and middle-income countries. You will:

  • Report to and work closely with the Director of International Advocacy Communications to develop, implement, and support communications strategies as an essential element of public policy campaigns, in partnership with colleagues at Tobacco-Free Kids and tobacco-control advocates in our priority countries.
  • Serve as a key member of country and regional teams, participating in their team meetings and helping liaise between these teams and the International Communications unit. Assist in developing summaries of communications activity in these countries to be included in reports to Tobacco-Free Kids funders, newsletters and other outlets.
  • Support the implementation of strategies to increase the capacity of the media in priority countries to report on tobacco control, including journalism workshops and other programs.
  • Support the implementation of strategies to enhance the capacity of partners in priority countries to conduct effective communications strategies. Capacity-building sessions in this and the previous bullet may be held remotely, or on site in the relevant country.
  • Draft high-quality communications materials and documents including press releases, media memos and pitches. Also draft and produce content for digital channels including websites, newsletters and social channels.
  • Help manage media monitoring across priority countries including management of vendors and contracts in ten or more countries.
  • At times, review grant proposals from advocacy organizations to ensure communications activities in the proposed scope of work appear effective and on-point.
  • Help coordinate communications and media strategies for our anti-tobacco-industry TakeAPart campaigns, ensuring that our campaign tools and media materials are appropriately tailored for our in-country partners.

Qualifications you’ll bring to this role:

  • A keen desire to exercise your love for strategic communications to alleviate social injustice.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field. Many applicants are also expected to have completed their Master’s degree.
  • 2-3 years of experience in communications, preferably in a policy or advocacy setting.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Team-player attitude and ability to handle multiple tasks in fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working at the international level and in cross-cultural settings preferred.
  • Willingness and desire to travel internationally.
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus.

Why join the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids?

You will be a part of a respected global health advocacy organization that works to save lives around the world through effective public health policy change.

You’ll receive a generous benefits package including:

  • 100% company paid health, vision, and dental for you; 70-80% contribution to these coverages for your dependents.
  • Paid parental leave benefits (4 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave), in addition to the federal and local leave provisions.
  • 403b plan participation (with 9% company contribution)
  • 10 paid company holidays, 15 vacation days, 10 sick days and 5 personal days (on an accrual basis each calendar year)
  • A hybrid work schedule (3 days in office; 2 days remote)

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter describing your interest to vwarren@tobaccofreekids.org in either MS Word or Adobe PDF format. Please reference code ICA/ 08 in the subject line. Further materials, including writing samples, will be requested of short-listed candidates and we may ask you to take part in a (hopefully fun!) communications strategy and writing simulation.

This position is based in Washington, DC and is open to US citizens and other applicants possessing work visas permitting long-term, permanent employment in the US.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make CTFK’s work more inclusive. We encourage qualified applicants of all ages, racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, ability and gender expressions, national origins and veteran statuses to apply.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and its Global Health Advocacy Incubator program represent our collective efforts to strengthen public policies which reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world, as well as other public health threats contributing to death and disease. Our organization has a singular focus: to make the world a safer, healthier place for everyone. Candidates are encouraged to review our website at www.tobaccofreekids.org.