The International Communication Association (ICA) is seeking a communication director who will enhance the organization, its membership, and the field of communication by achieving international public visibility. As a United Nations NGO and a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization comprising 4500 scholars worldwide, the ICA seeks an individual to spearhead, coordinate and manage activities to promote the field of communication both internally and externally. The director will foster and maintain relationships with international news media, editors, reporters, other communication directors, partner organizations, international institutions, and governmental officials and staff. Duties include but are not limited to planning, organizing and directing communications strategies and public information activities for the association; developing and maintaining networks of people and institutions to disseminate ICA-related news and information; developing and maintaining a proactive social media campaign for the association; developing and maintaining updated information about member scholarship and expertise and promoting such information among members and interested external organizations; and representing the association in the media and other relevant platforms.
Candidate requirements include a graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in communication or a related field, excellent communication skills, wide-ranging multilingual skills, knowledge of the field of communication and its scholarship, familiarity with digital and social media including online communities, search engine optimization and other digital marketing tools, comprehensive knowledge of international media operations and public relations strategies, ability to handle multiple projects under time and resource pressure. The applicant must have a minimum of three years professional experience, preferably with nonprofit or academic organizations. ICA is located in Washington, DC, but the CD can be located anywhere with telecommuting. Some travel required. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The International Communication Association aims to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide. The purposes of the Association are to provide an international forum to enable the development, conduct, and critical evaluation of communication research; to sustain a program of high quality scholarly publication and knowledge exchange; to facilitate inclusiveness and debate among scholars from diverse national and cultural backgrounds and from multi-disciplinary perspectives on communication-related issues; and to promote a wider public interest in, and visibility of, the theories, methods, findings and applications generated by research in communication and allied fields. ICA’s activities fall into three main categories: holding a major annual conference, along with occasional regional conferences; publishing a series of high quality journals and related publications both broad-ranging and specialized; and supporting the research activities of its members by representing the field.
Applicants should send a detailed letter of application addressing the specific job description, a CV, a list of four references, and salary requirements to Michael Haley. Applicants should submit all materials by 9 September, 2011 for full consideration.