Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 04-Sep-2018 to 03-Dec-2018 (EST)
  • Communications
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Communications Assistant

Department: Communications

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

To learn more about The Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role:

The Communications Assistant will be a key contact for program teams when they wish to work with the communications team. Requests may range from editorial and design assistance to marketing and branding requests.  The Assistant is also primarily responsible for providing general administrative and organizational support to the Communications department broadly, including detailed calendar management, screening of phone calls, development and maintenance of files and systems, and budgeting.

The Communications Assistant works with other members of the team on various additional projects as detailed below.



  • Provide high level strategic and logistical support to the Communications Department, including telephone coverage; scheduling and calendar maintenance; travel arrangements for guests; meeting and conference call coordination; expense report preparation for Directors; copying, faxing, and filing.
  • Support with facilitating all communications requests (from the organization).  Requests may range from editorial and design assistance to marketing and branding requests. 
  • Coordinate departmental staff meetings and staff meeting agendas.
  • Assist with managing the department's budget, including estimates, re-projections, updates, and expense tracking. Prepare paperwork required for processing and maintaining records.
  • Serve as liaison with Finance Department, ensuring that the Communications Department adheres to procedures and requirements for proper submission of invoices, expense reports, etc.
  • Field calls and e-mails from the public, vendors, and other stakeholders who contact the Center for information or help. 
  • Assist in distribution of press and promotional materials'including press kits, reports, briefing papers, and swag'and maintain records of distribution.
  • Manage the Center's publications inventory, tracking distribution of reports and fulfilling requests.
  • Assist with event production.
  • Manage monthly data and metrics reporting.
  • Draft correspondence, reports, stories, and other written communications when opportunities arise.
  • Attend all departmental meetings and some interdepartmental meetings as assigned.
  • Manage special projects as assigned.
  • Other communications tasks as assigned.

 Critical Position Behaviors:

  1. Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally.  Uses resources well.  Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues.  Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
  2. Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups.  Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one's approach as the requirements of a situation change.  "Out of the box" thinking is a plus.
  3. Energy Level: High energy level and enthusiasm for the position.
  4. Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting. 
  5. Confident:  Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally. 
  6. Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • One to two years of experience in a similar role. Experience working in communications/media relations and budgeting/planning is highly valued.
  • Excellent writing, research, and proofreading skills.
  • Outstanding organizational, administrative, and budget management skills, and proven ability effectively juggle and track multiple projects, responsibilities, and deadlines effectively and follow-through.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with capacity to receive and accept constructive feedback, take initiative and be pro-active, and demonstrate solid problem-solving skills; and
  • Professional demeanor and diplomacy, and strict sense of discretion.
  • Excellent attention to detail, deadlines, and commitments.
  • Ability to remain calm and productive under pressure and changing priorities.
  • Sound judgment.
  • Strong MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sharepoint skills.
  • Strong commitment to reproductive rights and human rights.

Compensation:  The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website.  The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process.  If someone contacts, you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify before taking any further action.  

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