Job Posting: Head of Communications

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Role Summary

The Head of Communications will work with the Executive Director to develop and execute on a comprehensive communications strategy. This strategy will include media and stakeholder engagement, publication production and dissemination, event promotion, social media management, and other activities that further the mission of the Charter Cities Institute— to lift tens of millions of people out of poverty by building the ecosystem and set of best practices for charter cities. The Charter Cities Institute is a small team, so the Head of Communications will need to be comfortable contributing to a wide variety of activities in furtherance of our mission.


  • Media engagement: Develop a two-year media strategy that identifies key publications to target for promotion of CCI activities and placement of op-eds, quotes, and other materials authored by CCI staff. The media strategy will also identify key journalists to build and maintain relationships with to further promote CCI publications and activities. The Head of Communications will work to secure these placements and relationships with widely-read media outlets such as the Financial Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Research development: Collaborate with CCI research staff to assist in drafting op-eds, blog posts, research papers, and other publications. The Head of Communications will work with researchers to identify intended audiences for publications and strategize how best to release publications to maximize impact. In addition to promoting research publications, the Head of Communications will also prepare researchers for media appearances and pitch researchers to media outlets for expert commentary opportunities.
  • Social media management: Develop and maintain a consistent and effective voice across social media platforms and in CCI publications. The Head of Communications will track views, engagement, and other metrics across the CCI website, podcast, newsletter, social media, and other channels to continually inform the broader communications strategy. The Head of Communications should understand and actively follow the day-to-day social media trends of CCI stakeholders in order to maximize engagement.
  • Brand building: In addition to developing and maintaining a social media presence, the Head of Communications will work to create a visible and identifiable CCI brand that generates greater stakeholder engagement. This branding will include the development of a visual aesthetic that can be replicated across the CCI website, social media, publications, and other activities that supplements the content of CCI publications and activities.
  • Event planning: In close consultation with scholars and development team the Head of Communications will develop, organize and execute major public events (roundtables, workshops, lecture series, etc.). This includes identifying speakers and topics; coordinating panels and participants; drafting correspondence and press releases; and engaging media interest to achieve the event objectives.
  • Donor relations: In coordination with the Development and Research teams, the Head of Communications will effectively communicate progress towards the CCI mission to donors through written communication, annual reports, and other activities.


  • Education: Masters degree preferred
  • Experience: Demonstrated record of successful execution of organizational communications objectives. Outreach and event planning experience, and management of relationships with media professionals. Experience with digital strategy including content management, CRM’s, e-mail, and social media. Experience leading and growing a small, nimble communications team is strongly preferred. Experience in international development, public policy, or economics is a plus.
  • Attitude and passion: An entrepreneurial attitude, willingness to independently identify solutions to new challenges, and intellectual curiosity are required. A familiarity with and passion for charter cities, international development, and related topics is required.
  • Skills and knowledge: Strong writing and presentation abilities are required. Acute awareness of relevant media landscapes, including the  publications, journalists, and editors to target for media outreach. Proficiency with contemporary communications technologies and major social media platforms is required. A strong eye for design is also strongly preferred. Fluency in English is required, additional languages are a plus.

Expectations and Culture

The Charter Cities Institute expects colleagues to work really hard, including some nights and weekends when necessary, not because you have to, but because you're passionate about charter cities and making the world a better place. We enjoy tackling big challenges and figuring out new problems. and recognize that it takes hard work to build something great.

The Charter Cities Institute greatly values our office culture. Our staff is intellectually curious and enjoys exploring a wide variety of topics, not all of which are directly related to charter cities. We're a small team, so we frequently go out to lunch as a group, and get drinks together a handful of times per month (though this is not required). Candidates should feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. We greatly value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strive to be representative of the communities in which we work.

The role is for a full time position. The Charter Cities Institute offers a generous benefit package that includes health and dental insurance and 401(k) matching. Please send a cover letter and resume to