Senior Global Communications Manager

New York City/ Hybrid
March 2023
Full time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to
Associate Director of Communications

Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development; its overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization.

Position summary

The Senior Global Communications Manager is a key member of the Institute’s global communications team, working both independently and collaboratively to develop and implement strategies to maximize the reach of Guttmacher’s international research. Under the leadership of the Associate Director of Global Communications, the Senior Global Communications Manager serves as a liaison with the Institute’s in-country and regional communications partners, and is responsible for allocating resources, managing budgets, and executing communications plans, including overseeing the creation of a wide range of traditional and digital materials designed to disseminate the Institute’s work to key audiences, including media, policymakers, advocates and service providers at the country, regional and global levels. The Senior Global Communications Manager also contributes to the development of internationally focused grant proposals. This position supervises the global communications assistant. 


  • Develops and implements integrated communication strategies to release and disseminate Guttmacher’s international work.  
  • Manages country and regional level communications and advocacy partnerships, in line with the Institute’s equitable partnerships model
  • Oversees the development of materials and digital assets, including news releases, opinion pieces, social media campaigns, infographics, PowerPoint presentations and web content.
  • Reviews Guttmacher-authored research articles and reports prior to journal submission or internal publication to provide language, message and framing guidance.
  • Works in collaboration with colleagues in the Communications, Research, Public Policy and Development divisions in project conceptualization and development, and in drafting funding proposals and funder reports.
  • Engages with media to promote Guttmacher’s international work and other activities. Proactively builds relationships with journalists. Performs other media relations tasks as needed.
  • Provides communication support and technical assistance to partners on how to effectively communicate research for advocacy purposes, inclusive of but not limited to workshops, training sessions, and webinars.
  • Represents the Institute at meetings with overseas donors, country offices of international organizations, conferences and other gatherings as appropriate.
  • Manages communications budgets for international research projects.
  • Directly supervises a Global Communications Assistant: plans, assigns and provides guidance and oversight on work; engages in ongoing feedback and support; appraises performance, provides training, mentorship and identifies professional development opportunities.
  • Performs other job-related tasks and projects as assigned.
Qualifications and skills

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

  • Minimum of seven years’ relevant work experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing partnerships, specifically working in low- and/or middle-income countries/resource-constrained settings strongly preferred Interest in international sexual and reproductive health and rights issues and promoting Guttmacher’s mission.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Ability to travel internationally at least 15% of the year.
  • Experience in media relations and/or media training a plus.
  • Cultural competence and sensitivity when interacting with a diverse array of international partners and audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience working efficiently under tight deadlines and juggling multiple priorities and projects.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Competency in French and/or Spanish a plus.
Salary and benefits

Salary starting at $96,000 to low $100ks, 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.


The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter here.

Please note that telephone inquiries will not be acknowledged. No agencies, please.

Guttmacher is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer  

The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment, where employees’ talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission. We endeavor to make the application process accessible to all users. If you need assistance learning about or applying to our employment opportunities, please contact our human resources department at (212) 248-1111 or [email protected].