Lead Digital Communications Strategist (Guttmacher Institute)

New York, NY
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Location: New York City

Internal Title: Principal Digital Strategist

Status: Full time, Regular, Exempt

Reports to: Director of C&P Administrative Operations


COVID-19 vaccination requirement

The health and safety of our team is our highest priority. As such, we require all staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or -approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. We will consider requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious or other reasons in accordance with applicable law.


About Guttmacher Institute

Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development; its overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization.

Position summary

The Lead Digital Communications Strategist (aka Principal Digital Strategist) leads and mentors Guttmacher’s digital communications team and is responsible for developing an effective digital communications strategy to promote the mission and visibility of the Institute among key audiences via social media, web and email platforms. Monitoring public policy and research developments on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, the Lead Digital Communications Strategist identifies opportunities for engagement on all of the Institute’s channels, with a primary focus on social media. This position manages efforts to improve the Institute’s website performance and usability, with a focus on user experience, and coordinates with other teams within the Communications & Publications division and across the Institute to maximize outreach and dissemination efforts while maintaining brand and message consistency across platforms.


Develops a cohesive and innovative digital content strategy for enhancing the Institute’s overall communications efforts and fundraising goals

  • Develops and oversees the implementation of a plan to promote the Institute’s work across digital channels, and collaborates with the Communications, Design, Editing and Production Teams in the creation of cohesive content for social media, email platforms and the website
  • Supervises and works in close collaboration and thought partnership with the members of the digital communications team to expand the Institute’s reach among new and existing online audiences, including by strategically inserting the Institute’s voice to key social media conversations and activities
  • Develops and executes a multipronged strategy to grow the Institute’s social media following and engagement, and collaborates with the Design Team, external consultants, and others to create visual assets (static, interactive and video) for use on social media channels
  • Develops and oversees the execution of a plan to grow the Institute’s email program, and supports efforts to improve email list growth, retention, open rates and engagement
  • Works with other staff in the Communications & Publications division on web content coordination, supports efforts to improve website navigation and user experience, and oversees efforts to drive traffic to key content on the Institute’s website and/or promote key content via other channels
  • Oversees Guttmacher’s online marketing and advertising program, including the management of relationships with some external digital-related consultants
  • Helps identify and support opportunities to incorporate fundraising into the Institute’s digital communications strategy in coordination with the Individual Giving Team, particularly around days of action, Giving Tuesday, and the Year-End Campaign
  • Informs budget development and coordinates with project managers to ensure the inclusion of social media and other digital outreach into project plans, as needed
  • Oversees the digital team in monitoring how the Institute, its core issues, and related news and policy developments are discussed on social media platforms by key audiences and prominent individuals
  • Monitors the impact of the Institute’s digital efforts and how they supplement the Institute’s overall communications strategy, including monitoring the Institute’s website performance, social media, and e-mail performance, and provides periodic analytics reports to leadership, project teams and donors
  • In consultation with the Communications & Publications Management Team, identifies and explores the use of new technologies and platforms to promote the Institute’s work
  • Performs other job-related tasks and projects as assigned

Qualifications and skills

  • 7–10 years’ experience in communications/media/public relations/marketing environment
  • Digital and social savvy with a passion for communicating complex topics; familiarity interpreting research for a general audience a plus
  • Experience in social media management and digital strategy, online community building and performance tracking
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to develop strong narrative through digital media
  • Experience with creating website content through a user experience lens, and website content promotion on social platforms a plus.
  • Solid understanding of online and email performance metrics
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Proficiency with social media platforms and management tools, website content management systems, basic HTML and Microsoft Office essential; proficiency in Canva, Adobe Premiere, Asana, Sprout Social, Drupal and Mailchimp a plus
  • Project management and staff supervision experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivation together with ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work under deadlines and juggle priorities and projects
  • Spanish or French language proficiency a plus


Salary and benefits

Salary starting at $96,000 to 154,000, commensurate with experience.

Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.



Recently, Guttmacher made several institute-wide changes, including centering equity and justice as organizational principles; diversifying our leadership; committing to an inclusive workplace; and pledging to build a culture of learning, knowledge-sharing, innovation and accountability. To continue this period of growth and transition, we’re offering a wide range of job opportunities at our New York City headquarters and our office in Washington, DC. We’re looking for mission-focused, data-driven candidates who, most importantly, seek deeper meaning from their work.


Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advise our clients to operationalize DEI and position our content and educational opportunities help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector.

Continue reading our about our commitment at nonprofithr.com/deinow.


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