Salary Range: R360 000 per annum
Deadline to apply: 27 th January 2023
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is looking to employ a communications
We are seeking a Communications Director who will help us develop and execute a robust communications strategy for the AKF. Over the past 14 years the AKF has grown into a reputable civil society organisation in South Africa. It has managed to build a solid media identity and a range of products. You will help us increase our impact in 2023, focusing particularly on developing and executing a comprehensive communications strategy, expanding our reach, maintaining, and building new relationships with journalists and press outlets.
Develop a comprehensive organizational communications plan, encompassing key areas of social media and earned media outreach, to support the organization’s broader strategic objectives.
Design and implement short-term communications plans for AKF’s campaigns and initiatives as they arise.
Oversee other staff, including a media liaison / social media officer and Communications Interns, who will support with social media management and implementation of communications plans.
Coordinate with AKF partners to strategize and implement a plan to expand the reach of our existing content.
Develop, maintain and update AKF internal style guide.
Maintain and update AKF’s press contacts list, building relationships with journalists.
Pitch reported stories about AKF’s issues, priorities, and initiatives to television, radio, digital, print, and other media outlets.
Draft, ghost-write, edit, and pitch opinion and analysis pieces by AKF’s staff and Board members.
Respond to media inquiries and prepare AKF staff and board members for speaking engagements, interviews, and media appearances.
Maintain and update AKF communications platforms.
Support fundraising and grant writing as needed. Skills and Requirements:
You are creative, professional, initiative-taking, personable, innovative, open to critique, and a team player, with the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders. A thriving passion for social justice and our mission are vital.
1-2 years’ experience working or volunteering for a political or issue-based campaign and leading strategic advocacy efforts.
2-4 years of media, marketing, or communications experience—ideally within the progressive advocacy/civil society sector.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Strong graphic design skills using Canva or other similar tools.
Video editing experience
Working knowledge of Google Docs, Dropbox suite, Mailchimp, and Squarespace.
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional
Strong understanding of South African policy issues, history, and current events
Bonus, but not required:
Master’s or advanced degree focusing on communications.
Experience with Google Ads,
Working proficiency in one or more South African languages Work/Office/Travel Requirements:
This is a full-time, fully remote role, with a five-day workweek running from Monday- Fridays. There will often be meetings and engagements in evenings and/or weekends.
How to Apply:
Please send the following materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The subject line of your email should be “[Name] – Communications Director
- Cover letter (one page, single-spaced, no more than 500 words, PDF
format) explaining how well-qualified you are for the position.
- Academic, journalistic, or policy writing sample (3 pages maximum)
- Email and phone numbers of three references; at least two should be