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Communications Program Officer
World Vision is hiring a Communications Program Officer to serve on the Technical Branding Team for International Programs Group (IPG).
01 At a Glance
Role: Communications Program Officer
Location: Federal Way, Washington preferred; remote possible
Required Experience: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or related field or equivalent work experience. In addition to education or education equivalent, requires 7 years work experience in marketing or communications, including professional writing/editing and graphic design experience. Work experience or understanding of international development issues and/or sector area preferred.
Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. for any employer.
02 The Job At World Vision, we’re changing children’s lives every day. Our work moves beyond just clean water or food security or healthcare to offer a full solution to poverty. We want children to have everything they need to thrive, both physically and spiritually, so they can experience life in all its fullness. View our ”Who We Are” clip (or at http://bit.ly/2eEoTAv). As Communications Program Officer, you will work with a team of other writers who produce donor-facing documents that support World Vision’s international programs. You will ensure these communication materials support the mission of World Vision and adhere to corporate messaging and branding standards in order to help carry out our Christian organization’s mission, vision, and strategies.
03 Your Responsibilities Will Include
• Research, write, edit, proofread, and execute documents for private and institutional donors that achieve the highest level of quality consistent with corporate identity, as well as brand message and industry standards. Written copy may include, but is not limited to, donor-facing proposals and reports, emergency relief situation updates, grant proposals and reports, and program overviews.
• Work efficiently with InDesign and other Adobe Creative Cloud tools—Lightroom or Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, etc.—to produce communication pieces for use with US government, foundations, corporate donors, and peer organizations, achieving a level of design quality consistent with corporate identity.
• Actively participate in team meetings to develop concepts and propose solutions that meet client needs and exceed expectations.
• Consult with multiple staff to ensure clarity and consistency of final product.
• Provide conceptual and technical advice to outside vendors/freelancers, and review copy to ensure high quality final products that adhere to WV messaging and branding guidelines.
• Manage projects assigned by supervisor: adhering to deadlines and targeted messages, and ensuring that needed information is identified, meetings are scheduled, resources are gathered, deadlines are met, and colleagues are kept apprised of changes in project status.
• Keep apprised of global events, ministry trends, and partnership issues that affect project content.
• Stay abreast of new technologies and trends critical to fundraising writing techniques.
• Work collaboratively with team members.
• Attend and participate in the leadership of devotions, weekly Chapel services, and prayer.
• Keep informed of organizational announcements, activities, and changes via regular reading of the WVUS Intranet and other corporate communication tools.
• Perform other duties as assigned
04 You Bring A Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or related field or equivalent work experience. In addition to education or education equivalent, requires 7 years work experience in marketing or communications, including professional writing/editing and graphic design experience. Work experience or understanding of international development issues and/or sector area preferred.
Additional Preferred Skills:
• Writing background. Command of basic grammar, punctuation, etc. Experience with journalism, technical or professional writing—writing for fundraising initiatives or communicating with major donors a plus. Awareness of narrative structure/storytelling basics also a plus. Grant writing or creative writing background also helpful.
• Basic proficiency in Adobe InDesign. Graphic design experience helpful but definitely not mandatory. Photo editing experience helpful but not mandatory.
• Ability to synthesize. Able to condense large amounts of information down to its essence.
• Experience with research and/or data analysis. Ability (and patience) to decipher densely written reports from the field. Comfortable dealing with financial documents or reading a chart and identifying key figures.
• Soft skills: Responsive, cooperative, and professional over email and in person. Ability to be flexible, to resolve or mitigate conflict, and to juggle competing deadlines with grace. Focus—ability to sit in front of a screen for an extended period. Detail oriented/thorough.
• Familiarity with AP Style.
• Familiarity with WV international programs.
05 Where This Job Could Take Your Career In this role, you’ll be part of World Vision USA as well as part of the larger World Vision International Partnership. Globally, we have over 40,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries (~1,000 staff with World Vision US). You will research, write, edit, and proofread reports or proposals that describe WV’s work to equip entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, for instance, or our efforts to increase access to clean water for vulnerable families in rural Honduras. You’ll work with program managers from specific sectors—Child Protection, Economic Empowerment, Emergency Response, Faith and Development, Health, Water—to ensure that a particular project is represented in ways both accurate and compelling. You’ll use InDesign and other Adobe Creative Cloud tools to achieve a level of design excellence consistent with WV brand identity. You’ll be part of a collaborative process that involves giving and receiving feedback and meeting deadlines. You also will help voice some of WV’s deepest values, communicating with donors so as to emphasize our true partnership in the work God is doing around the globe.
06 Salary Range & Benefits Your salary is important to you, so it’s important to us. Please share your salary expectations with us in the application process to get the conversation started. We also have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round out our total compensation package. Click here to learn more.
07 What happens next? We review applications nearly every day assessing strength of fit for the role. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with a hiring manager and to provide a writing sample that is representative of your strengths as a writer. Finalists normally participate in a panel interview where the opportunity to connect with additional members of our staff lends itself to more of a 360-view of the role. There also will be a writing test to determine a candidate’s ability to synthesize and communicate program information in a way that’s clear and compelling.
Federal Way, Washington
Working Environment / Conditions
Open to remote work, but standard office environment available for employees within range of World Vision offices.
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