United Nations Foundation

  • Communications Associate, UNA-USA

    Job Location US-DC
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) works closely with the UN Foundation by informing, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA represents a grassroots membership that includes over 200 chapters and more than 20,000 members nationwide who engage in public education and advocacy, promoting strong U.S.-UN relations.


    This position uniquely combines interests in international relations, public policy, grassroots movements, constituency building, and communications/public relations — all for the purpose of strengthening the U.S-UN relationship.


    Working with members of the UNA-USA and Public Affairs teams, the Communications Associate, UNA-USA will develop communications to support the Association’s membership, chapter programs, and advocacy objectives, as well as coordinating the interface of communications functions with other divisions of the Foundation.


    Working Relationships

    The Communications Associate, UNA-USA is a member of both the Public Affairs and UNA-USA teams. She/he will report to the Senior Director, Memberships and Programs, UNA-USA and work closely with UNA-USA leadership and the Digital Media and Communications Digital Media and Communications Officer, UNA-USA. The position will also collaborate regularly with UNA-USA chapters nationwide. As such, this position will require travel.


    Communications Strategy & Brand management:

    • Assist with development and implementation of UNA-USA strategic communications plan and content strategy.

    Writing and Content Creation:

    • Write all membership recruitment and retention communications (mail, email, online, etc.) to influence membership growth in UNA-USA.
    • Write and curate publications to keep UNA-USA members informed and engaged, including UNA Today, the monthly membership e-newsletter, and UNA-USA blog.
    • Collaborate with the membership team to develop, write, and copy edit chapter resources, including toolkits, handbooks and training webinars, as well as provide support for education programs. Work with Digital Media and Communications Officer to conceptualize display and functionality of these assets on the website.
    • Web maintenance and email marketing support:
    • Assist with UNA-USA website maintenance. Create web pages for content such as blog posts, member resources, and events. Consistently monitor chapter web pages to ensure information is up to date, and assist with requests for chapter content updates.
    • Assist with email marketing execution. Responsibilities may include drafting and coding emails, creating targeted distribution groups, reporting on metrics.

    Social Media:

    • Assist Digital Media and Communications Officer with sourcing, writing, and creating original content for use on social media. Gather relevant content to write tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram posts, and create graphics where applicable.
    • Work with Digital Media and Communications Officer to track and report on digital engagement metrics. Help build monthly reports on social media, email, and web analytics to draw conclusions on key findings and conceptualize data-driven strategies to boost engagement.

    Media relations and press outreach:

    • Use google alerts to track key moments and media opportunities to promote UNA-USA activities. Work with Digital Media and Communications Officer to develop pitching strategies around key national moments and notable chapter activities, maintain relationships with reporters, draft press releases and media advisories, assist in the development UNA-USA press kits and toolkits.
    • Conduct press outreach around key moments. Responsibilities include building media lists, pitching key stories, coordinating with the press.
    • Provide communications support for UNA-USA events. Assist with speaker outreach, agenda development, photographer/videographer coordination, and attendee materials. Help with live social media coverage during key events and moments.


    • Work with communications and membership teams to develop and maintain UNA-USA internal and external communications products, including presentations on UNA and UN programs, fact sheets, brochures, videos and other materials, to support UNA-USA communications goals.
    • Serve as staff contact for UNA’s Communications Committee. Schedule and help develop agenda for monthly communications committee call. Work with Committee Chair to explore new ways to support chapters in expanding their communications efforts and programs.
    • Perform and oversee communications duties as required during any absence of staff.
    • Other projects and duties as may be assigned.

    Selection Criteria

    • Minimum one year of writing and organizing projects.
    • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Public Relations, International Relations, Journalism or related field preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience in crafting campaign messages and content.
    • Experience writing press releases, creating media kits and media lists.
    • Experience maintaining and managing organizational social networking accounts in coordination with campaign online communications and strategy (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, etc.).
    • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team to identify, explore, and implement creative online and social media strategies and make recommendations for content and online communications tools.
    • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations — team-oriented; problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills.
    • Ability to multitask in a very fast-paced, often rapidly-changing environment.
    • Stress tolerance and resilience; sense of humor; highly organized; attention to detail; and ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities.
    • Multi-cultural experience and willingness to travel (at least 10%).
    • A demonstrated knowledge of global issues and the United Nations system, and an understanding of the UN Foundation mission, programs, strategy, and goals.
    • Knowledge and prior use of HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office.
    • Proficiency in CRM & CMS —Salesforce, EveryAction, and/or Wordpress highly preferable.
    • Proficiency in the use of social media monitoring and analytics tools.
    • Knowledge of video editing software such as Adobe Premiere.
    • Prior legislative, campaign, or policy experience.
    • Experience working with membership organizations or associations.
    • Familiarity with international issues and/or the UN system.
    • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
    • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.

    Benefits & Compensation

    For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

    • A choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
      dental insurance,
    • vision discounts,
    • flexible spending accounts,
    • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
    • group term and supplemental life insurance,
    • short-term disability,
    • long-term disability,
    • health club discounts,
    • commuter benefits, and
    • employee assistance program. 

    Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.


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