"Positioning You for Success"

Digital Engagement and Communications Manager, Ubuntu

Client: Pathfinder International

Location: Watertown, MA, Washington DC

Summary: Responsible for the development and implementation of a digital communications strategy for Pathfinder, working closely with the charitable giving team to maximize online fundraising and the use of digital communications to cultivate and upgrade donors; the program teams to expand exposure of our programmatic work; and our advocacy and public policy teams to increase engagement.  Manages content and/or creative and strategic leadership of a global pool of inhouse and external sources who contribute to the communications of the organization’s mission. This manager is responsible for the digital sphere at Pathfinder. S/he must provide strategic direction of creative including oversight of brand and external presence in a unified manner with other communications managers. This may include holding management and budgeting responsibilities for services rendered under your control. Appoint in-house staff who will collect digital content, secure creative, and manage external content and creative development through accessing a global pool of in-house talent and an extensive pool of digital professionals. May serve as representative of organization at executive or director level functions.  

Key Job Outcomes:

  1. Communications Strategy Implementation: Works to be a part of a global creative team, including in-house talent, external creative firms, and freelance team members; disciplines include art direction, UX, photography, video, digital media and web. Contributes to the creation of effective and comprehensive plans for organizational marketing and communications efforts. Partners with executive leadership, business units and country offices to establish communications strategies and objectives.
  2. Brand Management: Delivers upon a global brand management discipline and manage overall use of our brand system in the digital sphere. Collaborate with Programs and Impact Unit to develop and implement online communication strategies.
  3. Online Fundraising: Work closely with our global charitable giving teams to execute projects like marketing campaigns, events, digital production, and other experiences.
  4. Editorial Direction: Leads conceptualization and oversees writing, editorial, production, dissemination and publications management of communication materials (including online and email communications strategies) in support of the Pathfinder International brand strategy. Ensures consistency in the language, look and feel of all materials (including press releases) targeted to external audiences.
  5. Communications Planning Execution: Develops and guides internal creative services, including website, social media, and print collateral materials. Oversees the creation of compelling content and design. Ensures timely production of Pathfinder’s newsletter, annual report, e-newsletter, brochures, press releases, success stories and other communications vehicles geared toward donor and or constituency building efforts. Provides marketing, communications media support for all Pathfinder initiatives.
  6. Brand Awareness and Loyalty: Serves as overall brand manager. Represents Pathfinder at professional communications meetings, international conferences and donor events. Continually builds and maintains senior level partnerships with regional, national, and international organizations.
  7. Research: Supports relevant market research; uses market research and revenue and marketing metrics for communications planning. Tracks and investigates new communications opportunities and applications.
  8. Leadership, Management and Supervision: Identifies, recruits and engages marketing and communications professionals. Develops and manages the Communications budget. Contributes to the development of project proposals and budgets to ensure resources for strategic positioning and visibility efforts.
  9. Vendor Oversight: Provides content and editorial oversight for consultants working on planning and message development, managing services for materials, designers, printers, photographers and media. Oversees and guides vendor relationships.
  10. Project Management and Participation: Leads, manages or participates in cross functional project teams.

Minimally Required Job Competencies:

  • Marketing and Communications Principles and Practices: Mastery of knowledge of applying standards, guidelines and best practices to marketing and communications efforts.
  • Brand Strategy Development and Implementation: Mastery of skills to create, execute and sustain effective enterprise-wide brand strategies.
  • Visual and Design Skills: Mastery of visual and design skills
  • Design and Print Production: Mastery of knowledge of design process and print production.
  • Communications Tools: Mastery of knowledge of online and new media communications tools.
  • Leadership and Management: Proven ability to lead, supervise and coach members of staff in different locations.
  • Job-Specific Software Applications: Mastery of knowledge of software applications for web based solutions, social media platforms, and apps.
  • Project Management Planning and Management: Proven ability to plan and manage cross-functional initiatives.


Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Software Applications: Mastery of knowledge of Microsoft products, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
  • Analysis and Sound Judgement: Advanced analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Languages: Proven ability to write and speak using the English language
  • Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills using different forms of media. Ability to translate complex concepts to individuals at all levels
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Advanced knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program, including program strategies and indicators.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
  • Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Proven ability to influence using diplomacy skills with key stakeholders. In-depth demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Organization, Planning and Multi-tasking: Advanced organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate activities.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures and adapt local practices to global standards.
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
  • Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues.

Minimally Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Non-Profit Management, Business, Communication, Marketing, or related field, or a combination of education and experience that yields the minimally required competencies
  • 7 year’s work experience
  • Work experience with a multinational organization
  • Experience leading global staff and vendors
  • Knowledge of communications software
  • Prefer: Master’s degree in related field
  • Prefer: Experience living or working in developing countries that aids in the understanding of program context, field realities, and technical needs preferred

Other Information:

  • Travel required (at least 20%)
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

To Apply: Pathfinder International has contracted Global Recruitment Specialists to assist with this recruitment effort. Please email a cover letter and updated resume/CV to:


Patrick Shields, Search Manager

Global Recruitment Specialists "Positioning You for Success"

501 Westport Avenue, Suite 285, Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

Telephone: +1- 203-899-0499




Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

  • Why you are interested in the position.
  • How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the needs of the position.
  • How you learned of this position.

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.