Director of Communications

InterAction Published: October 20, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified


Director of Communications

About InterAction

Founded in 1985, InterAction has grown into the world’s leading coalition of U.S.-based NGOs. Our nearly 200 member organizations include some of the largest and most respected NGOs in the international development and humanitarian sectors, along with many mid-size and smaller organizations that benefit from access to our collective expertise and influential advocacy and policy platforms (USG, UN, G7/G20). In addition, InterAction boasts a diverse programmatic portfolio that includes humanitarian activities, data mapping, innovative finance, protecting open space for civil society in the U.S. and abroad, food/agriculture security, and combatting prejudicial policies of government agencies and entities that seek to quell NGOs from serving those in need. InterAction takes pride in our agility and responsiveness during times of global uncertainty, and our ability to effectively leverage our clout and convening power when an issue or opportunity demands mobilization (in support or opposition). Programmatically, we partner with the World Bank, numerous UN agencies, think tanks (i.e., Brookings, CSIS), USIP, MFAN, USGLC and others. Collectively, we believe we can make the world a more equitable, healthy and just place for all people living in marginalized or fragile places and circumstances.

With an annual operating budget of approximately $10M and 45 professional staff, our revenue comes from membership dues, private institutional grant funders (i.e., Gates, Rockefeller, Open Society Foundations), and the U.S. government (i.e. USAID, Department of State). We also boast a growing fee-for-service portfolio that includes our annual three day Forum, CEO Retreat, and select subject matter workshops.

InterAction is led by CEO Sam Worthington, and president Lindsay Coates. The organization is governed by a board of directors, each of whom serves as CEO or executive director of a member NGO.

Director of Communications Framework

The well-qualified candidate will join a leadership cohort peopled with highly skilled international development and humanitarian professionals, and direct a small team of communications specialists and consultants under a shared services model. InterAction is poised to charter a new and exciting course for the organization and its NGO members. In the past few years, we have successfully positioned ourselves with policy makers, political leaders, and the domestic and international media as sector experts, and are routinely called upon for opinions, input, or congressional testimony.


In the next 6 to 12 months, we plan to launch a new website and marketing campaign, and the new Director of Communications will be integral to these high profile endeavors. S/he will contribute experience, creativity and bottom-line sensitivity to elevating an organization’s public identity, brand, and public facing materials/collateral to include hard copy and digital assets. The new Director will also be responsible for crafting and implementing a creative and results-oriented communications plan. S/he will be outcome-focused, and understand how to link communications strategies with calls to action that result in strengthening InterAction’s value proposition, cross-sector influence, and fiscal health.

Candidate qualifications to include: 

  • Professional experience in senior level organizational communications of at least 10 years.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deploy strategic, creative and results-oriented programs/campaigns across traditional and digital media.
  • Ability to identify the most appropriate medium for select communications and audiences.
  • A track record of performance in a complex and often deadline-driven environment.
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to concurrently direct multiple projects for internal and external customers.
  • Ability to hear, aggregate, and coalesce diverse perspectives and feedback in service to overarching outcomes / goals.
  • Skill in “managing up,” and delivering appropriate counsel to senior leadership when required for coalition work involving staff from multiple organizations.
  • Solid writer and editor, having written for diverse audiences across diverse mediums.
  • Experience with media tracking services and systems
  • Knowledge of international development, humanitarian and/or NGO issues.

Preferred candidates will also have experience or familiarity with:

  • Coalitions, alliances or associations where multiple and often competing voices and perspectives must be heard and harnessed in service to the greater good/message.
  • Advocacy and public policy campaigns and communications.
  • Crisis communications.
  • Marketing an organization to a core constituency (i.e. membership).
  • Working in the global south, emerging economies, developing countries, or international crises.

Major Strategic and Tactical Responsibilities

  • Shape, nurture and grow an effective communications program that utilizes new and traditional platforms and strategies to showcase the work and issues of InterAction and our members collectively.
  • Provide strategic oversight of the organization’s website and all digital assets.
  • Oversee, with a team, the design and launch of a new website.
  • Work with staff to ensure consistency of messaging and proper management of brand assets.
  • Secure, maintain and grows media relationships with reporters, editorial writers, columnists and broadcast media to highlight our work and our solutions to pressing global challenges.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with communications counterparts at member organizations.

Physical Requirements

There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Salary & Benefits
InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to with subject line containing: Director of Communications. Cover letter and resume must address the requirements listed. Position will remain open until filled but applications received before November 3, 2017 are preferred.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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