The Change.org Foundation is a global non-profit that incubates movements. We currently operate in 10 countries across Asia, Latin America and Europe, with plans to expand in the next year.
This is an incredibly exciting time to join our team: we’ve already built a toolset that allows anyone with an internet connection – anywhere in the world – to start a campaign to make the world a better place. Now we are ready to massively increase our impact in the Global South with a series of ambitious projects to help people to do extraordinary things.
We have an exciting opening for an exceptional Deputy Director of Communications & Government Relations to join our India team. This is a permanent full-time role based in New Delhi in which you will lead the Government Relations and head the overall Communications and Government relations strategy for Change.org India.
You will work closely with the campaigns team at Change.org to help drive impact on petitions started on the platform by facilitating conversations with decision makers, media houses and other stakeholders.
You will build the brand of Change.org to be India’s largest and most impactful technology platform for social change through your media networks and forge content & event partnerships with media houses. The role is fast paced and dynamic, and requires thinking on your feet and persuading people.
Your role would report to the Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships, India and your job priorities would include:
Decision Maker Outreach
Work closely with the Campaigns team at Change.org to lead decisionmaker engagement and policy advocacy to drive impact on petitions started by regular citizens
Build a strategy for Government Relations and Corporate engagement, and provide strategic advice on driving campaigns to impact.
Scope and create opportunities for engaging with politicians, government representatives and corporates and prepare stakeholder mapping and risk analysis
Implement the Government Relations strategy by persuading decision makers in the government and corporate sector to respond to campaigns using Change.org’s decision maker tool.
Represent Change.org India’s work to relevant national and regional ministries, departments and institutions, civil society organizations and International organizations, to establish partnerships.
Advise political leaders and their teams on starting social change campaigns on the platform.
Devise and implement comprehensive and effective strategies for building the Change.org brand in India with national and regional media outlets.
Work closely with the Country Director to build her brand and profile in the media and with other stakeholders.
Represent Change.org at speaking events, conferences and media interviews, when required.
Build high level relationships with media houses and senior journalists to support the development of our brand as the leading platform for people-powered change in India
Assess and mitigate communications and brand risk to maintain the reputation of the Change.org brand in India
Identify and execute strategies and tactics to tell compelling stories of success, people power, and impact through Change.org
Establish and maintain deep partnerships with leading civil society organisations, established media outlets, celebrities, social media leaders and bloggers
Collaborate with a global team of campaigns and communications experts to contribute in building the Change.org brand internationally
Create content and event partnerships with media houses to establish the brand of Change.org as an industry leader in technology driven social change
Manage a team of Communications Strategist, Content Strategist and graphic designer(s) and lead on the Communications strategy of Change.org
Oversee national and regional media outreach on the grassroots campaigns that develop daily on Change.org
Conceptualise branding events and project manage the successful implementation of the events
Set quarterly and annual targets for branding and media outreach in consultation with the Communications team
Oversee the social media calendar and creative content designed by the Content Strategist and the graphic designer to build the brand of Change.org
Coordinate strategies between the social media team and campaigns team to create viral content for campaigns
The ideal candidate would have the following:
A minimum of 10 years experience in working in a professional setting - preferably in a social good company, or at a nonprofit, of which 4 or more years of experience as a manager
Demonstrated experience of advocacy/government relations and using media for advocacy
A reputation for good management of people and teams.
Ability to grasp complex situations, simplify solutions and communicate this well.
Demonstrated experience of working with multidisciplinary teams and dynamic environments
Proven experience working in campaigning and online community management would be preferred
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Hindi, the ability to negotiate tactfully and effectively
Ability to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation, planning and organisation, and task orientation
Ability to work on own initiative and organising time effectively within a range of often-conflicting deadlines.
Capacity to juggle competing priorities and a busy programme of work while working to an agreed strategy
A deep grasp of politics, the political process and current social justice issues within India
A willingness to take risks, fail, and adapt
You must be a go-getter, self starter, committed to our mission and excited to join an ambitious, fast-paced and collaborative work environment. Your co-workers are high-impact, low-ego, and have a deep respect for our users.
We love serving our users, and we love our staff too. We show it through competitive salaries, five weeks annual leave, robust maternity and parental leave, an amazing culture where you'll work alongside some of the world's leading campaign and communications experts.
We’re an equal opportunity employer, which means we strongly encourage any interested parties to apply – we don’t discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, caste, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or physical disability. This is a full-time position based in New Delhi.
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