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Senior Director, International Communications
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is looking for a global communications professional to fill the role of Senior Director, International Communications. Directly managing a staff of six professionals, this position leads communications efforts related to Habitat’s international programs, engaging key stakeholder groups to bring both hearts and minds to the work of adequate, affordable housing. The Senior Director will oversee a team of 15+ that manages communications channels and initiatives outside the U.S. and Canada – from news media and regional social media channels to events and newsletters — while also collaborating with colleagues in the larger Global Communications division to gather and tell the stories of Habitat’s international program work. The leader of the International Communications team will help ensure a unified approach to Habitat communications activities in four regions (Africa; Asia-Pacific; Europe and the Middle East; and Latin America and the Caribbean), equipping an international network of employees and national organizations with the tools and training to advance marketing, fundraising, advocacy, and program strategies. The successful candidate will bring a depth of experience in global advocacy communications. The incumbent will help the Habitat network advocate for policy changes and establish the organization as a leading voice growing awareness of housing as a critical foundation upon which people can build a better, healthier, more financially stable life.
Position may be based in Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington, D.C., USA; London, United Kingdom; Geneva, Switzerland; Brussels, Belgium; Nairobi, Kenya; Bratislava, Slovakia; or San Jose, Costa Rica. Candidates must be eligible to work in the stated location without visa sponsorship. There is up to 20% international travel.
*Responsible for developing and implementing international communications strategies related to advocacy, marketing, fundraising and programs.
*Unify communications for a global network of four area offices (Africa; Asia-Pacific; Europe and the Middle East; and Latin America and the Caribbean) and 70 national organizations.
*Provide strategic communications leadership and support for International Communications team, optimizing the time, talents and resources of regional and program communications functions.
*Lead International Communications team in the development of core messaging, stories and other tools describing Habitat’s mission and programs outside the U.S. and Canada
*Provide leadership and coordination for communications support for international disaster response and recovery programs
*Lead international crisis communications work and provide crisis counsel to the international Habitat network in close collaboration with Global Communications leadership.
*Serve on the leadership team of the 85+ person Global Communications division, modeling inclusive and accountable leadership and a culture of belonging
*Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
*15+ years of related experience in communications, including at least 5 years in a managerial or professional role leading communications and/or advocacy function.
*Proven, demonstrated knowledge of advocacy communications strategies, tactics and objectives.
*Proven, demonstrated knowledge of public and media relations concepts, techniques and practices.
*Leadership and people management, including coaching, training, and motivating employees to new levels of excellence.
*Knowledge of current and emerging communications issues and trends, particularly in the nonprofit sector.
*Ability to provide effective counsel on strategic and critical communications and advocacy issues.
*Outstanding written communications skills, with mastery of AP style.
*Outstanding oral communications skills, with ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.
*Commitment to fostering a collaborative work environment within the International Communications team, the larger Global Communications division, and the broader organization.
*Demonstrable experience establishing and overseeing the execution of communications systems that help teams work together and get results, particularly in federated organizations.
*Motivation to work in a mission-driven setting.
*Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
*Ability to develop and manage budgets.
*Ability to represent HFHI as an ecumenical Christian ministry committed to:
1) Demonstrating the love and teachings of Jesus Christ
2) Advocating on behalf of those in need of decent shelter
3) Focusing on shelter by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable houses
4) Engaging broad community through inclusive leadership and diverse
*Pursuant to current HFHI policy, this position requires full vaccination against COVID-19, except to the extent such requirement is prohibited by applicable law.
*Active support of HFHI values and commitments:
Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.
Safeguarding – HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.
At Habitat for Humanity International, we embrace a history rooted in creating equity and take our mission seriously by courageously committing to a culture and workplace where all staff feel safe, welcome, visible, respected, supported and valued. As an equal opportunity employer, we realize that our success depends upon building an inclusive workforce of diverse perspectives and encourage people of varied races, ethnicities, national origins, tribes, religions, ages, gender identities and expressions, genders, sexual orientations, marital statuses, disabilities, veteran/reserve national guard statuses, socio-economic statuses, thinking and communication styles to work with us.
We also require that all staff take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities (especially children), and all those with whom we work. In line with the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, all staff must pass a thorough background screening and will be held accountable to upholding our policies around ethical behavior, including safeguarding and whistleblowing.