SDSN Association

Communications Manager, SDSN TReNDS

New York, NY, USA


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
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