Now hiring: Communications Manager

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS) is seeking a Communications Manager.

Communications are a critical part of TReNDS in increasing the visibility of our work and enhancing our reputation among target audiences, including national statistical systems, international organizations, governments, NGOs, other academic institutions, and donors. We represent a set of leading academic and policy voices in the model of a think tank, furthering evidence-based insights and recommendations for harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development.

Our communications manager must be able to think “big picture” in supporting our existing communications strategy and adapting it as needed, while also being capable and efficient in the details of its execution, from producing events to content management. The ideal candidate will have experience in strategy development, technical writing or research, editing, event management, digital content management, and relationship management (including with independent contractors or agencies). Some international travel, largely in support of international events, can be anticipated.


Strategy – 20%

  • Adapting TReNDS’ current communications strategy as needed

  • Developing communications strategies with partners for joint projects

  • Developing a content calendar as needed

  • Researching new opportunities for engagement and communication e.g. with potential partners, in media outlets, through various community channels and forums

  • Liaising with SDSN Communications colleagues on broader organizational communications strategy and planning

Writing & Editing – 20%

  • Directing contributors on written outputs for TReNDS’ projects

  • Reviewing and editing written outputs from TReNDS’ secretariat, experts, and partners, including copyediting, aligning to style guides where relevant, and incorporating key messaging

  • Developing blog posts for

  • Developing blog posts or other medium-form written content for partner channels and/or external opportunities

Web & Digital Content Management – 15%

  • Developing short-form content for social media and other digital channels, both owned and external

  • Developing basic graphics or editing images to accompany digital content

  • Developing promotional kits for timely initiatives, launches, or publications, including strategic platform and partner outreach

  • Posting and scheduling content across digital communities and platforms

  • Identifying potential new channels for TReNDS’ engagement

  • Formatting and managing content for web, notably research outputs and blogposts; familiarity with Squarespace or other content management systems is required

  • Leading or supporting project-specific website strategy and development with organization’s web developer or external agencies

Event Management – 15%

  • Researching potential events for participation

  • Developing submissions and presentations for event sessions, conference papers, and similar, often in collaboration with key partners

  • Coordinating with relevant event contacts

  • Researching vendors for TReNDS-hosted events, coordinating with related vendors, and procuring vendors for events

  • Providing A/V support and onsite logistics as needed, including at joint project events

Graphic Design (minimal) – 5%

  • Designing for digital channels, e.g. social media posts (see "Web & Digital Content Management"); experience with Adobe Creative Suite ideal

  • Researching and coordinating with design agencies/creatives for larger outputs

Relationship Management – 15%

  • Coordinating with key partners on communications strategies and execution for shared projects

  • Managing agencies or independent contractors for design or other services (see “Writing & Editing,” “Graphic Design”)

  • Engaging with potential new partners (see “Strategy” above)

Administrative – 10%

  • Invoicing and purchasing associated with the above activities, including but not limited to vendor contracting

  • General logistics and team engagement such as coordinating and attending team meetings, managing travel logistics for work travel, assisting with project management and organization, and similar 


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Professional fluency in English required, other languages a plus

  • Minimum of 4-5 years of relevant experience in marketing, PR and/or communications preferred

  • Experience and/or interest in sustainable development

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and oral communications skills required

  • Proficiency with content management systems (Squarespace preferred) and social media management required

  • Working ability in graphic design and digital content development tools preferred (Adobe Creative Suite preferred), but not required

  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work independently, without constant supervision

  • Adept at learning and navigating new technologies quickly