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Communications Associate – Fairfax, VA

Do you love having a meaningful job? Do you want to to learn new skills that open doors for you? Are you passionate about improving the lives of children through your work?

If so, the position of Communications Associate at Coptic Orphans could offer you fulfilling challenges and valuable work experience.

The Communications Associate plays a key role in executing Coptic Orphans' communications strategies.  Working from the organization's headquarters in the greater Washington, D.C. area, the Communications Associate supports the creation of print, video, and online products that engage stakeholders and target audiences around the globe.  The Communications Associate helps gather the most compelling Coptic Orphans stories and disseminates them via print publications, social media, and the mainstream media. The incumbent also works with Coptic Orphans offices in Canada, Australia, UK, and potentially other country offices to develop products that support those countries' communications strategies.  

Our strong commitment to excellence in service delivery means that we seek only the best people to carry out our mission. 

At Coptic Orphans, we are committed to a Child-Safe environment as the children's dignity, safety, and well-being are at the center of all we do. As such, all selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check, or working with children check, as part of of their hiring process. Continued employment is contingent upon the check indicating clear records of any child-related violations. Check may be repeated as required by each country's laws and provisions.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Under editorial and strategic supervision: 

  1. Promote Coptic Orphans events and programs by ensuring regular flow of content via social media.  

  2. Coordinate production, including conducting reviews for accuracy and proper branding, of newsletters, brochures, email blasts, and other print and online products.

  3. Conduct research to support the creation of top-notch print and online products.

  4. Through direct communications with staff and volunteers, develop repository of compelling success stories and needs.

  5. Update website and blog contents. 

  6. Develop, collect, and manage multimedia products suitable for inclusion in the specific communications products (presentations, appeals, etc.) for each country office.

  7. Manage Coptic Orphans' photo archive.

  8. Earn media coverage by developing relationships with members of the press.

  9. Perform other duties as required.

  10. Shoot and edit photographs and video footage to create powerful story-telling about Coptic Orphans' impact.

  11. Organize data from Salesforce CRM and other sources into clear presentations/dashboards that allow Coptic Orphans to accurately target communications and donor relations efforts.

  12. Optimize use of Google Analytics data to boost supporter engagement and increase donations through Coptic Orphans website. 

  13. Create and refine targeted Google Adwords campaigns to engage new supporters.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  1. BA and 1-2 years of related work or volunteer experience.

  2. Passionate about the mission of Coptic Orphans.  

  3. Strong people skills, and enthusiasm for working as a team.

  4. Comfortable working  independently, or under close supervision, depending on the situation.  

  5. Demonstrated creativity, reliability, and trouble-shooting abilities.  

  6. Graphic design/photo editing experience desirable, especially related to social media.

  7. Passionate and knowledgeable about harnessing social media — particularly FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram — for marketing Coptic Orphans' cause.
  8. Experience with MailChimp or similar email marketing services, Adobe Creative Suit products or similar design products, Salesforce or similar customer relations management tools, content management systems such as WordPress, and other design, administrative, and web tools is desirable.
  9. Familiarity with marketing, public relations, and fundraising is desirable.
  10. Fluency or near-fluency in spoken Arabic is desirable, as are skills in reading Arabic. Familiarity with colloquial Egyptian Arabic is desirable.
Working Conditions and Environment:

May be asked to work extra/off-duty hours when necessary; work may call for occasional domestic or international travel to conferences or presentations. 






Be a part of an organization that has touched the lives of 45,000 children in Egypt over the past 25 years!


Coptic Orphans' Accomplishments by the Numbers:

-Impacted the lives of 45,000 children

-Ensured 100% enrollment of our participants in school

-Established a permanent presence in 675 villages throughout      Egypt

-Partnerships with 55 Coptic dioceses

-Over 450 currently active Church-based volunteer "Reps"

-300 annual life skills workshops organized for mothers and      children 

-250 widows have started their own business via our microcredit initiative

-90¢ of every dollar goes directly to field programs in  Egypt

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