Chemists Without Borders
Job Title: Communications Officer
Description of Organization:
Chemists Without Borders is a non-profit, international humanitarian organization working on solving humanitarian problems in a number of countries using the expertise of chemists and others. In Bangladesh, for example, we are working with high schools to educate students on the health hazards of arsenic in drinking water. In two of those schools, we have been able to raise funds to replace their wells contaminated with arsenic. This project brought safe water to about 4000 people. We also developed a Health Education Course for Bangladesh elementary and secondary students.
We are also developing chemistry kits using small quantities of chemicals for high school and university students in Sierra Leone. This will allow schools without a laboratory to do science experiments.
Our newest project, our Biochar Project, will combat global warming and climate change. It also makes farmers' crops more drought resistant and more productive. We are starting to promote this technology in developing countries.
We have many other projects and could do much more with your help. We are in need of a Communications Officer who could tell our story to the world and help us to recruit additional volunteers and funding. We look forward to hearing from you.
This position is unpaid.
- Develop and execute comprehensive communications strategy with pre-determined deadlines and outcomes that will raise our public visibility, finding ways to reach key stakeholder audiences.
- Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by our organization.
- Create marketing/public relations strategy that will allow CWB to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences.
- Work with leadership team to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
- Manage team that oversees social media platforms to grow the audience and increase user engagement. Ensure creation and distribution of our newsletter, soliciting editorials and blog posts. Serve as spokesperson when needed.
- Coordinate webpage maintenance-ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, Projects and events) is posted regularly.
- Regularly analyze and report on results of communications efforts providing reports that track website, social media and other performance metrics.
- Research and create fresh and relevant written content describing our work and impact on the community which will aid in inspiring donors to action.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 3+ years experience in a communications role
- Experience managing and executing across several communications media, writing/editing and verbal communication skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, required
- Experience with Wordpress and/or HTML, preferred
- Willing to execute day to day tasks and work independently
- Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
While the above qualifications are desirable, passion about our mission, desire to make a difference in the world, and the willingness to work hard to achieve goals often compensate for specific educational and experience qualifications. If you find the position attractive, let us hear from you in any case.
About Chemists Without Borders
20 Corte Dorado, Benicia, CA 94510, US
Our Mission Chemists Without Borders solves humanitarian problems by mobilizing the resources and expertise of the global chemistry community and its networks. Our Vision A global support network of volunteers providing mentoring, information and advice to ensure every person, everywhere, has affordable, consistent and persistent access to: Essential medicines and vaccines Sufficient safe water A sustainable energy supply Education in green chemistry and business which people can apply in their daily lives and teach to others Safe processes in work environments where chemical hazards exist Emergency support, including essential supplies and technology
Our primary goals include, but are not limited to, providing affordable medicines and vaccines to those who need them most, supplying clean water in developing countries, facilitating sustainable energy technologies, supporting chemistry education, and providing emergency disaster relief.
Chemists Without Borders alleviates human suffering in developing countries by:
- Mobilizing global resources and expertise, knowledge and creativity
- Developing self-reliance operating models
- Organizing around sharable processes and activities
- Partnering through social entrepreneurs and humanitarian organizations