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Communications Manager

Brookings Doha Center 

Doha, Qatar

Date Posted: 02/14/2019

Overview

Note: This position is based in Doha, Qatar. Office hours of the BDC often require an evening segment for coordination with Washington, events, and other purposes. This position requires some flexibility, especially but not exclusively when dealing with breaking news and international media, to deal with urgent matters outside regular business hours.

Based in Qatar the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution that advances high-quality independent policy research and analysis on major issues facing the Middle East / North Africa region. The Center enjoys an outstanding reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East region. Open to a broad range of views and disciplines, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.

The Communications Manager at the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is responsible for managing a broad range of communications and programming activities for the BDC in Doha, Qatar, including media and public outreach. The Communications Manager is a key member of the operations team. Working closely with the management team, the Communications Manager will divide the time between digital communications, publications and building relationships with the media to promote the BDC outputs. The Communications Manager will help improve the external communications and relations for the BDC, working with management and research teams, to conceive ideas, build engagement plans and execute communication through various media channels.

Responsibilities

Communications Management (70%)

  • Develop overall BDC communications strategy in coordination with the BDC Managing Director, and the top management.
  • Design and implement tailored communications and branding strategies that increase the impact of BDC events, publications, projects, initiatives, and scholars, including special events, press conferences, press releases, one-on-one interviews, and online communications.
  • Identify opportunities to increase BDC visibility and impact through identifying target audiences for a variety of projects, events, and publications.
  • Adapt materials and publications to formats that can be readily used by each target audience.
  • Draft and manage design, production, and distribution of all BDC output, including papers, memos, and reports, newsletters, and media appearances.
  • Bring forth communications and outreach considerations that bear on key BDC decisions and opportunities; advise in shaping of BDC research agenda.
  • Apply communications tools to support fund raising, development, and reporting.
  • Keep abreast of all current events and help to identify opportunities for scholars to develop research material (e.g., op-eds, policy briefings, analysis papers).
  • Review and place all necessary op-eds, articles, and scholarly work in appropriate print media; promote scholar research and visibility in all appropriate media outlets.
  • Maintain strong relationships with key media representatives both regionally and internationally, including reporters, editors, producers, and correspondents.
  • Work to actively promote BDC scholars on all major media outlets in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
  • Establish and maintain outreach infrastructure, including coordination of outreach databases across BDC and the Office of Central Communications at Brookings; update and tailor BDC databases with additional regional and global contacts.
  • Manage BDC website to accurately reflect and include all BDC events, interviews, articles, reports, analysis papers, and other related materials.
  • Draft and compile materials on “timely issues” for web publication.
  • Coordinate and implement all electronic media and expand web presence, including development of materials for electronic newsletters in both English and Arabic.
  • Manage the implementation and promotion of all BDC social media, including output promotion and live event coverage.

Publications (15%)

  • Proofread high-quality academic papers authored by Brookings scholars in both English and Arabic.
  • Supervise production of all BDC publications (e.g., layout, proofreading, editing, design, translation).
  • Develop communication strategies for the release of all relevant Brookings output.

Event Management (10%)

  • Assist the Events team in developing ideas on discussion topics, speakers, and panel formats for all BDC events, conferences, forums, and symposiums.
  • Help organize major public forums or video conferencing events, including identifying speakers and topics, coordinating panels and participants, drafting correspondence and press releases, and engaging media interest.

Administrative Duties

  • Maintain administrative duties relevant to communications as required; respond to information requests.
  • Conduct other relevant work as necessary

Actual percentages of time may vary.

Qualifications

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s preferred) in communications, public relations, international affairs, political science, public policy or related field. Strong academic record, outstanding writing ability and people-skills required. Minimum of five years’ experience in communications work strongly desired. Comprehensive media contacts in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, the United States, and Europe strongly desired. International travel is required as part of this position.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

High fluency and superior qualitative writing, editing, and translation skills in both English and Arabic language. Strong background in understanding the socio-economic and geo-political issues facing the broader Middle East and North Africa, including relations with the U.S. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; skilled in Internet research and use of database programs; well versed in the use of traditional and social media as a promotional tool; ability to prioritize and multi-task in a high-stress, heavy workload environment. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, premiere, and Photoshop desired.

Additional Information

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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