Chief Communications & Marketing Officer - The Center for Reproductive Rights

New York City, NY
Full Time
Senior Executive


Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

The Center for Reproductive Rights


The Organization


The Center for Reproductive Rights envisions a world where every person participates as an equal member of society with dignity, regardless of gender; where every woman is free to decide whether or when to have children and whether to marry; where access to quality reproductive health care is guaranteed; and where women can make these decisions free from coercion or discrimination.


Headquartered in New York City, The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Since its founding in 1992, 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. The Center’s attorneys have secured landmark legal victories in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, maternal health, contraception, and safe abortion services, 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. In addition to shaping law and policy on reproductive rights, the Center has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 65 countries and established legal networks in Africa and South Asia.

The Center’s compelling global human rights mission and reputation for excellence and cutting-edge legal work has won the respect of the world’s leading law firms and is reflected in their pro bono partnerships, which annually reflect the work of over 750 lawyers, from around the globe, donating legal services valued at $30M. Read more about The Center here.

The Position

Reporting to the President & CEO, The Chief Communications & Marketing Officer (CCMO) will join the Center for Reproductive Rights in the midst of an ambitious global expansion of the Center’s reach and impact during a time of unprecedented setback to reproductive rights in the U.S., even as there are significant gains in key regions around the world.  

Serving as a strategic advisor to the President and executive/senior leadership, the CCMO will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team and will lead the design, development, and implementation of an organizational communications and marketing strategy that includes accomplishing strategic plan objectives, balancing the needs of rapid response on emerging issues with long-term goals, and setting KPIs around organizational brand management and visibility.

In support of this work will be a team of approximately 20 staff, comprising existing staff and positions to be recruited. The CCMO will build, lead, and ensure the success of the Communications and Marketing team across all geographical regions and issue areas. In addition, the CCMO will collaborate with a Chief Development Officer and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer to raise awareness of the Center among target audiences.

The CCMO will have the following responsibilities:

  • Strategic advisor and thought partner to the CEO and Center leadership. 
  • Communications and marketing strategy development in support of Strategic Plan objectives.
  • Media relations, message creation, alignment, and delivery across regions and issues.
  • Digital and social media execution in alignment with overall branding and messaging. 
  • Brand management sensitive to regional needs and contexts, and consistent with the Center’s values and standards of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Reputation management to proactively promote the Center’s thought leadership and defensively protect the Center’s reputation in the face of coordinated opposition.
  • Executive communications that result in securing opportunities for leadership presentations, advising on voice, tone, overseeing content/creation, speech writing, and coaching as needed.
  • Internal communications to ensure staff are aligned, engaged in and aware of our global mandate.
  • Events management to raise brand visibility and connect with key audiences.
  • Staff leadership to structure, recruit, develop and lead a diverse globally-distributed team. 
  • Data Analytics to measure progress on communications and marketing goals for periodic reports to the Board, CEO, and Executive Team.  
  • Budget management to develop and manage the department’s budget.

Key Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a seasoned communications executive, with a global outlook, preferably with experience in the private as well as nonprofit and/or government sector. While a deep commitment to reproductive rights is essential, prior experience in the reproductive rights field is not required.

  • Mission & Values Alignment: Commitment to advancing reproductive rights in law as human rights. Demonstrated alignment with the Center’s core values – globally inclusive, integrity, excellence, and impact – and to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Center’s statement and commitments on DEI are here
  • Executive Leadership: Experience driving strategy and execution in a C-Suite or equivalent role. Proven ability to understand the operating environment, think about the organization-as-a-whole. History of strong partnership with a CEO, board, and other executive leaders. Proven ability to work in a rapidly-changing, high-energy environment.
  • Strategic Communications & Marketing Visioning, Implementation, and Expertise: Track record of driving successful initiatives across media platforms and issue areas. History of building national and global campaigns focused on mission, impact, brand identity, and stakeholder audiences. Track record of envisioning and operationalizing enterprise-level communications and marketing strategy. Demonstrable skill as an outstanding oral and written communicator.  Familiarity with legal and policy advocacy communications is a plus. 
  • Global Mindset: Understands the contextual differences within the countries and core constituencies with which the Center works. Demonstrated ability to navigate a variety of cultural environments, and history of adapting strategies to reflect the local context. Track-record of working with diverse teams of multiple nationalities. Fluency in at least one language other than English is a strong plus.
  • Staff Leadership: Strong people manager with a track record of leading teams around a vision and through organizational change. Proven ability to structure, attract, develop, and retain a diverse, cohesive, goal-oriented, and successful team. Has a high-level strategic perspective, yet willing to roll up their sleeves when necessary.
  • Relationship Building and Collaboration: Ability to listen deeply, cultivate connections, break down silos, foster collaboration, and build a culture of trust within the division, across the organization, and with external stakeholders. Ability to establish credibility and trust with diverse constituencies. Demonstrable interest in working with others towards common goals. 
  • Effective Communicator and Interpersonally Savvy: Effective and persuasive communications and presentation skills at all levels of the organization and externally. Ability to receive and directly provide positive and constructive feedback
  • Leads by Personal Example: Courageous, results-oriented, agile, and resilient, projects confidence and steadiness, learns from experience, self-aware. Brings and models a ‘get stuff done’ and solutions-oriented mentality; holds oneself and others accountable for achieving goals.
  • Not-for-Profit Understanding: Experience working full-time and/or in a Board capacity at a non-profit organization preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to travel: Internationally and within the U.S.
  • Fluent in English: Additional languages a plus, particularly Spanish and French.

The Center recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of each individual as a whole. In turn, we value and respect the differences that comprise each individual, including but not limited to age, citizenship, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family status, gender identity and expression, health status or disability, income, language, national origin, partnership status, pregnancy status, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. We do not tolerate prejudice or discrimination.

Salary, Location, and Benefits:

The salary for this position is $250-300k. This role is based in New York City, and will report directly to the President of the Center for Reproductive Rights. The Center covers up to 95% of the premium of a comprehensive health insurance plan with no deductible and best on the market ART/infertility coverage. The Center also contributes 7.5% of an employee's salary to a 401(k) account beginning after the first year of employment. The Center also supplies a generous PTO offering.



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