The Africa Center for Strategic Studies is an academic institution within the U.S. Department of Defense established in 1999, and funded by Congress for the study of security issues relating to Africa. The Africa Center serves as a forum for bilateral and multilateral research, communication, and exchange of ideas involving military and civilian participants.Learn more about this agency
This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.
The Strategic Communications Manager serves as a focal point for bringing together the Africa Center's analytic insights with the multiple strategic communications platforms that reach the Center's diverse audiences. The Strategic Communications Manager is the Center's lead expert on strategic communications issues, amplifying the Center's messaging on African security issues while closely tracking Africa's rapidly evolving information and communications environment. S/he provides vision and expertise on how the Center can maximize its reach to external audiences spanning African and U.S. policymakers, security professionals, academics, media, and civil society actors. Working with a small team, the Strategic Communications Manager is responsible for implementing the Africa Center's strategic communication plan in a period of dynamic change within Africa.
- The Strategic Communications Manager will provide strategic and day-to-day direction to the Africa Center's strategic communications efforts based on best practices of how public policy think tanks can inform, educate, and promote reform among target audiences. S/he will have familiarity with Africa and the unique and evolving manner in which African audiences access and use information. S/he will evaluate and assess the efficacy of the Center's strategic communications efforts and recommend modifications for improvement as required. S/he will also have a strong familiarity with how to effectively engage key media actors covering Africa security issues. S/he will maintain an up-to-date database of journalists, media outlets, and social media platforms that report on African issues so as to enhance the accessibility of relevant Africa Center products and messages. 35%
- The Strategic Communications Manager brings an understanding of and passion for African security issues that will guide product development efforts, primarily short analytic articles and infographics. This expertise can be drawn from a combination of academic and practical experience working on Africa security, governance, or development issues. The Strategic Communications Manger requires outstanding writing skills that can craft thoughtful narratives that are accessible to policy, practitioner, and general audiences. 35%
- The Strategic Communications Manger will supervise a small strategic communications team to advance the Africa Center's mission. Duties include assessing performance objectives and evaluating work performance, developing and implementing methods for improving efficiencies, deepening a culture of excellence, and creating a strong team with high morale. The Strategic Communications Manager will bring expertise on website management, graphics design, video recording, and interviewing best practices to lead these efforts. 30%
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 15% or less for this position
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