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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is seeking a part time Communications Officer in our Washington, D.C. office; it is currently planned as a 20-24 hour per week position. Under the direction of the Communications Director, the communications officer will help increase the capacity of the communications department in response to growing needs.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. As one of the ten geographic regions of Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of U.S. Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the U.S. and abroad. Through our advocacy and fund raising efforts, JRS/USA provides support for the work of JRS throughout the world.

The Communications Department of JRS/USA works closely with all other departments and with communications officers and staff based at JRS International headquarters in Rome and in the nine additional regional offices throughout the world.

The primary responsibilities of the communications officer will be: writing and editing text for web and print, monitoring and contributing to our varied social media channels, and posting to the JRS/USA website. The ability to synthesize information, strong writing and editing skills are required. The ability to translate Spanish and/or French to English is highly desirable, and knowledge of basic Photoshop, HTML and Content Management System experience is desirable.

The role of communications in Jesuit Refugee Service is to promote our mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. Communications promotes understanding of the issues facing refugees, empowering advocates to address root causes of forced migration and helping forced migrants to claim their rights. Communications also highlights best practices within JRS programs, helps explains to our supporters why new resources are needed, and attracts dedicated people to the work of the organization.

Key Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Communications Director, the Communications Officer is expected to enhance the communications of JRS/USA by:

• Writing original articles based on field reports; providing feedback on and making edits to communications content generated by JRS/USA staff and articles/reports from other JRS Regions; assisting to write and edit Development appeal letters.

• Organizing and managing the dissemination of content for publication on the JRS/USA website and social media channels, and managing our monthly email update.

• Managing the JRS/USA Google AdWords account.

• Keeping abreast of stories published on JRS International and Regional websites and re-publishing appropriate stories on the USA site.

• Contributing to the development and implementation of best practices for social media, copy editing, organizational branding and other policies.

• Transcribing audio and video interviews from the field; preparing talking points for staff presentations.

• Contributing to the development and implementation of the communications plan.

Education, experience and intangibles required for the position

• B.A. or higher in communications, journalism, international studies, or a related field.

• Passion to serve others.

• Experience working, studying or volunteering abroad. (Desirable)

• Knowledge of refugee issues. (Desirable)

• Experience working in a non-profit setting. (Desirable)

• Experience working, studying or volunteering abroad. (Desirable)

• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources, and produce a variety of written communications in a clear, concise style. Understands and implements Associated Press style; ability to apply JRS regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Possesses excellent organizational skills.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Demonstrates familiarity with and comfort in troubleshooting HTML; demonstrates understanding of social media best practices; demonstrates basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop; understands how to work in a Content Management System; familiarity with Office 365; keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; shows willingness to learn new technology.


You must be eligible to work in the U.S.

All applications must include:

• A resume, salary history and the names, titles and contact information of three references.

• A cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this position.

Send completed application as an attachment to Communications Director Christian Fuchs at with the subject line "Communications Officer." No phone calls.

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Deadline to apply is July 31, 2015

Due to the unique nature of relief activities, the exact duties of the employee may have temporary variations. All employees are requested to demonstrate flexibility. This job description may be subject to modifications based on the review and evaluation of activities. These modifications will be defined and discussed between the employee and JRS.

To see if there are jobs open in other Regions of JRS, please visit the International Office website.



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