Position Summary

The Guttmacher Institute is searching for a seasoned public and media relations expert with international experience to lead its global communications team. The Associate Director for Global Communications is responsible for developing an effective communications strategy to increase the visibility and impact of the Institute’s global, regional and country-level research. This position reports to the Vice President for Communications & Publications and works in close consultation with the Associate Director for U.S. Communications, the Director for Communications & Publications Administrative Operations, the global policy team and the global research team to guide and oversee all aspects of global (non-U.S.), regional and country-level dissemination activities. These activities include media outreach, event planning, stakeholder engagement and development of communications materials. This position directly supervises the Senior Global Communications Manager(s).


  • Leads the Institute’s global communications team, with the overarching goal of maintaining and strengthening Guttmacher’s position as leader on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) worldwide, maximizing the impact of its global, regional and country-focused research and policy analysis
  • Develops and executes a global communications plan, including media engagement strategy and external stakeholder outreach, and is responsible for the strategic positioning of our CEO and experts as thought leaders in SRHR in the global arena
  • Provides management direction, guidance and mentoring to a skilled global communications team, and sets actionable and measurable work goals for them
  • Leads the global communications team in building and strengthening strategic alliances with a broad spectrum of partner organizations
  • Helps initiate and organize meetings and events with key external stakeholders, and to secure the Institute's representation at conferences and other international meetings

In addition, the Associate Director for Global Communications:

  • Works closely with the Associate Director for U.S. Communications to coordinate messaging and overall narrative-setting work, and to explore opportunities to expand joint audiences and impact for our international and domestic work
  • Participates in the Global Strategies Group, which works to set the overall strategic direction for Guttmacher’s global engagement by establishing long-term global policy goals to promote evidence-based policymaking and bring research to bear on global policy discussions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Supports the Development division in conceptualizing and executing the communications components of funding proposals, and oversees the global communications team’s involvement in drafting of funder proposals and reports
  • Leads efforts to ensure our messaging is effective and consistent across platforms, and that spokespeople are equipped with talking points and other resources as required
  • Oversees the creation and constant honing of processes, tools and tactics focused on achieving high external impact
  • Perform other job-related tasks and projects, as assigned


The ideal candidate is a versatile, experienced communications professional with demonstrated understanding of and capabilities to communicate effectively about global public health and human rights.

•  Minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience, including experience in public and media relations

•  Experience in project management and supervision

•  Excellent verbal and written communication skills

•  Interest in global sexual and reproductive health and rights issues and in promoting Guttmacher’s mission; cultural competence and sensitivity when interacting with a diverse array of international partners and audiences

• Ability to travel internationally on average 20% of the year

• Demonstrated experience working efficiently under tight deadlines and juggling multiple priorities and projects

• Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively

• Experience in media relations and/or media training a plus

• Competency in French and/or Spanish a plus


Salary and Benefits

Salary starting at $145,000 to low $160k, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.