HIAS seeks a visionary communications professional to lead the organization’s editorial content strategy and production, showcasing and promoting the impact of HIAS’ work in the United States and 16 countries around the world.
As managing editor of the HIAS.org website, the Senior Director, Content will develop an editorial process to ensure a steady stream of high-quality storytelling, news and feature articles, videos, reports and other materials to raise awareness of HIAS programs, partnerships, staff and beneficiaries.
Reporting to the Vice President, Communications, this position supervises the content team and Press Officer, and they are responsible for the tone, style, accuracy and credibility of communications designed to reach varied audiences, both domestic and international.
The ideal candidate will be an outstanding writer and editor with the leadership ability, journalism and communication skills, experience in non-profit communications and passion to take the HIAS content team to the next level. Key attributes include an active interest in U.S. and international current affairs, policy and humanitarian work, with an excellent track record of building and managing teams to produce great editorial content for a large organization.
Note, this position is based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland or our office in New York, New York, and we will consider a remote option for applicants who live outside of commuting distance to either of our offices and are based in other states in which we are registered (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin).
- Oversees and manages the content team, developing and driving editorial strategy and processes to produce a steady stream of high-quality material promoting the public mission and advocacy efforts of the world’s oldest refugee protection organization.
- Maintains awareness of HIAS priorities and relationships with peers across multiple programmatic and geographical areas; works with key stakeholders to ensure content production reflects the range of HIAS’ work and reaches multiple audiences.
- Acts as managing editor of the HIAS.org website; generates story ideas, supervises staff and, when appropriate, freelance writers, photographers and videographers.
- Supervises the Press Officer; coordinates media strategy with public relations vendor.
- Responsible for developing and maintaining high ethical and quality standards, as well as the content style guide.
- Oversees the production of statements articulating HIAS’ position on legislative and regulatory matters, as well as news related to our work; develops press releases as required.
- Collaborates on HIAS campaigns, report launches, events and emergency response.
- Monitors publications, social media and other sources for relevant and timely stories related to our work; maintains awareness of peer organizations’ work and content.
- Advises and coordinates content strategy with HIAS regional and country offices.
- Coordinates communication output with HIAS’ U.S. resettlement network affiliates.
- Writes and posts content to HIAS website and social media as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
- Undergraduate degree required; graduate degree preferred.
- 8-10 years of relevant experience in media and/or communications, preferably including a national or international humanitarian organization.
- Experience leading a team of reporters and communications professionals.
- Outstanding writer and editor; skilled at writing for a variety of audiences.
- Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills.
- Proven experience leading an editorial team, coordinating media coverage and raising the profile and thought leadership of a national or international organization.
- Proven expertise working in a complex, fast-moving environment; able to negotiate with diplomacy to manage department workload.
- Experience with photography, video and multimedia preferred.
- Website content management experience preferred.
- Detail-oriented and extremely well-organized, with ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Flexible work style and interest in being part of a dynamic, growing team and organization.
- Passionate about HIAS’ mission, refugee, asylum and related matters a plus.
- Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends.
All employees are expected to represent the organization in alignment with HIAS' mission, vision and values. Some employees of HIAS are expected to speak externally on behalf of the organization with clients, donors, affiliates, partners, etc. as part of their work-related responsibilities. Applicants for these roles acknowledge and accept the inherent risk associated with external representation of HIAS.
We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:
Step 1: Submit your application!
Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.
Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.
Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.
Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.
Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.
Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!
Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.
Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.
HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.
HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.
Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.
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We Approach our Clients with Empathy
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We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership
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We Act with Courage to Build a Better World
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