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Communications Manager, International Solar Non-Profit ( Remote)

Solar Electric Light Fund
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 8, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Programs, Community Outreach, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Community Development, Environment, Health, International, Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Communications Manager will educate the public about the projects SELF implements to provide solar solutions to rural villages in the developing world.   Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Manager is responsible for supporting the creation, coordination and execution of a comprehensive communications and public relations strategy for SELF.  Finalists will be asked to submit writing samples.

 At this time SELF is a fully virtual office but may open a physical office in the Washington, DC area in the future. Continued virtual work will be an option.

 About SELF

 The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) delivers sustainable solar power and wireless connectivity to rural villages in developing countries.  Operating at the cutting edge of solar technology, SELF provides clean energy for water pumps, health clinics, schools, homes, Internet kiosks, micro-enterprise centers and irrigation systems.  The goal is to improve health, education and economic opportunity for the nearly one billion people who live without electricity. 

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Director to implement an integrated communications and public relations strategy designed to support the organization’s program objectives.
  • Execute a communications plan to raise the local, regional and national visibility of SELF and/or its officers and board members and to strengthen the organization’s relationships with key constituencies and audiences.
  • Develop communications plans to support partnership programs and/or initiatives.
  • Manage SELF social media campaigns.
  • Develop ‘rapid response’ plan to leverage SELF message within newsworthy opportunities via letters to the editor, op-eds, etc. to relevant media.
  • Develop and oversee content related to SELF’s website. Manage strategies to maximize website traffic, including working with tools such as SEO and Adwords.
  • Evaluate and serve as liaison to outside public relations firms and/or communications consultants.
  • Develop methods and measurement tools to evaluate communications effectiveness.
  • Prepare and implement communications aspects of crisis response plans.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Director on the creation and publication of SELF collateral material, including case studies, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, flyers, etc., including material needed by other teams to meet their specific objectives.
  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary by the Executive Director.  


  • Outstanding written communication skills including experience preparing press releases, news articles, annual reports, and promotional pieces
  • Knowledge of Wordpress (used for our website) is required
  • Ability to plan, originate, organize, and carry out daily, weekly programs
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Demonstrated proficiency in team building and conflict resolution
  • Skilled in computer operations including Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Salesforce is required.
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple work tasks in a timely manner.
  • Bachelors’ degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field.
  • 2-5 years communications experience, with emphasis on social media and website development

 To Apply

Interested applicants should send  a resume, cover letter, and salary range requirements to:  Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.  No calls, please.


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