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Associate, Executive Communications & Strategic Partnerships

Location: Remote, anywhere in the US.

The Associate, Executive Communications & Strategic Partnerships will dually report to the Chief Operating Officer and the Senior Partnerships Specialist. The Associate’s work will optimize IDinsight’s efforts to generate resources for high-impact projects across IDinsight’s geographies of operation, contribute to our emerging thought leadership activities focused on data-driven operations for scaling social enterprises, and strengthen brand awareness within our community.

About IDinsight

We amplify social impact by partnering with leaders to develop tailored solutions. Our mission is to use data and evidence to help leaders combat poverty worldwide.

IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.

We have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which we tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact we:

  • Support clients’ use of data and evidence for routine and major decision-making.
  • Inform funding decisions – toward high-impact initiatives and away from less effective programs or approaches.
  • Create and share tools, knowledge, and ideas that expand the use of data and evidence for social good.

Our diverse, growing team of roughly 200 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About the Associate, Executive Communications & Strategic Partnerships role

Through writing for external audiences, prospect research for new partnerships, brand building, internal systems administration, and organizational communications, this role will work directly with the COO and Senior Partnerships Specialist to build IDinsight’s global brand, increase organizational visibility, generate resources for high-impact projects, and maintain seamless cross-functional operations.

Responsibilities

 

Executive Communications

  • Writing: Draft, ghostwrite, write pitches, and identify journalists/editors to place think-pieces and blogs focused on data-driven operations for scaling non-profits and social enterprises (e.g. IDinsight’s scaling story). Maintain a pulse on what thought leaders are saying in our ecosystem, and how IDinsight can fill gaps and contribute to important conversations. Staff the COO in all forms of thought leadership contributions, in coordination with the Director of Strategic Communications.

 

  • Event Research & Preparation: Maintain a pulse on important events and engagements to inform the movement and participation of IDinsight staff at key events, conferences, and convenings. When we do attend, support preparation activities through research, writing, presentation design, and logistical coordination. 

 

Community Building

  • Individual and Institutional Donor Communications: Draft regularly occurring organizational updates for funders, and support key correspondence with IDinsight’s philanthropic community. Engage our network to attend webinars and events hosted by IDinsight and our project partners.
  • Internal and External Community Building: Draft materials for meetings with internal and external stakeholders, including the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors. Oversee amplified efforts to engage our growing community of 200+ alumni. Support teambuilding efforts from idea generation to execution, including the coordination of internal Global Calls, Summits, and team appreciation events/gifts.

 

Sector Awareness

  • Access to Information: Review relevant philanthropy focused, global development publications and develop regular digests for key leaders in the organization to stay informed about potential and active funding partners and peer organizations.
  • Prospect Research: Conduct online research and create informative briefs to help colleagues understand the potential for new funding relationships with key individual philanthropists and institutional foundations. Make strategic recommendations for outreach.

 

Systems Administration

  • Internal Systems Maintenance: Help monitor and regularly update various portals, live spreadsheets, and knowledge management hubs which house information related to incoming donations, reporting deadlines, contracts, and deliverables.
  • Administrative Support: Keep the trains moving on time by scheduling meetings, identifying and communicating action items, and holding teammates accountable.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, with a preference for candidates who have studied relevant social sciences and humanities, including communications, global health, international education, community development, social innovation, public policy, international affairs, government, or international business.
  • 1-3 years of professional experience in an entrepreneurial setting (including internship experience)
  • Strong communication skills, including writing (creative, academic, and/or professional), presenting, and public speaking
  • Excellent attention to detail, execution, systems thinking, and organizational skills, with particular strengths in self-management and upward management 
  • Commitment to IDinsight’s values, including service, professionalism, honesty, and humility

Desired

  • Experience contributing to a mission-driven organization
  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter and leader, including comfort with ambiguity and dynamic environments and work streams
  • Passion for global and organizational development, social impact, and business ethics
  • Previous exposure to multiple geographies and workplaces with staff across multiple time zones
  • Creativity to generate ideas and strengthen systems
  • Proactive team-player with high-degree of flexibility
  • Comfort in a dual-reporting structure

Professional development

Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and our performance management structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, all teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

Nuts & bolts

Location & Work authorization

This position is remote and can be based anywhere in the United States. IDinsight is not able to sponsor work authorization for this role. 

Start date

The start date of this position is flexible, with preference for candidates that can start immediately. We prefer a 2-year minimum commitment to this role, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

Compensation

Compensation and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer, including comprehensive international health insurance, mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more. This position is at-will and exempt.

How to apply

Please click the "Apply for this job online" button at the top right. Applications are rolling and considered as they are submitted. The application asks various questions in order for us to get to know you, and requires a CV/resume and cover letter

Please ensure that your CV/resume includes relevant professional and personal experience as well as details on academic qualifications. CVs/resumes can range from one to two pages. We strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to highlight why you want to work for IDinsight specifically, and what has prepared you to succeed in the role you’re applying for. A customized cover letter is an important part of IDinsight’s recruiting process as it allows us to understand your motivations for the position, relevant skills, and clarity of writing.

More information, including details on IDinsight’s hiring process and frequently asked questions, can be found online at IDinsight Careers. Any questions should be directed to careers@IDinsight.org

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to reducing power asymmetries in the social sector. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work. 

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  1. IDinsight will have greater representation from the populations with whom we work and clients we serve.
  2. IDinsight will have greater representation from the countries in which we work.
  3. Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek greater representation from historically excluded communities.
  4. IDinsight will foster an inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse and supportive workplace.

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