Director of Marketing and Communications

Who We Are:

Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for more than 3.6 million people in 55 countries. Water Mission has more than 250 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean. To learn more, visit WaterMission.org.

Position Summary:

The Director of Marketing and Communications provides overall leadership of Water Mission’s public relations, communications and marketing efforts designed to engage local, national, and international audiences.  This position coordinates at the strategic and tactical level with the other functional areas of the ministry to manage the activities of the communications team. This individual is responsible for managing all communications and building external relationships with the organization's constituencies, including funders and the media. This individual, reporting to the VP of Volunteer and Investor Partnerships (VIP), will lead a team of communications managers and specialists to develop and implement best-in-class PR and communications plans.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in marketing, business, communications, journalism or public relations.

  • 10+ years of experience in executing public relations, communications and/or marketing activities with demonstrated, skills, knowledge, and successes, preferably in the not-for-profit sector.

  • Project management skills and demonstrated experience in successfully managing teams.

  • Demonstrated success in developing public relations, communications and/or marketing plans.

  • Proven track record in writing and pitching press releases, making presentations to high-profile audiences and handling media interviews.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a compelling storyteller.

  • Demonstrated success in creating and driving marketing campaigns using new and traditional outlets.

  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities while maintaining a positive team approach to working with internal and external partners

  • Experience working with senior leadership as a strategic advisor.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement and measure the success of a comprehensive PR plan designed to increase awareness of the Water Mission brand locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Lead PR/Communications efforts during a Water Mission disaster response designed to create awareness about and generate funds.

  • Write stories that communicate the impact that Water Mission is making around the world.

  • Cultivate and work closely with key media influencers, reporters, journalists and editors and pitch news releases and stories.

  • Provide strategic leadership over all communications and marketing activities including:

    • Acquisitions of marketing assets including stories from the field, videos and photography and coordinate the use of these assets in development efforts.

    • the creation of communications and marketing materials such as the Annual Report, brochures, impact reports, etc.

    • messaging and content creation, ensuring the accuracy of information included in development and marketing campaigns (which consist of direct mail, email, web and social marketing elements)

    • Social media activity aimed at driving growth in number of constituents

    • Website updates including new content and functional improvements

  • Develop short and long-range plans and budgets for all PR/communications programs and activities.

  • Evaluate the success of all initiatives and programs.

  • Keep informed of developments in PR/Communications and nonprofit efforts especially related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Core Competencies:

  • Purpose, Principles, and Values

  • Decisiveness

  • Stress Management

  • Motivates Others

  • Results Orientation

To apply for this position, please visit the member site here.