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4 Nov 2022

Full-Time Manager for Communications and Publications – Posted by Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Manager for Communications and Publications


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document violations of human rights and humanitarian law, prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks an International Advocacy Officer.


Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Location:  New York (NY), Boston (MA), or Washington D.C.

Reports to: Deputy Director of Media and Communications



Organizational Overview


Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.



Role Description

As the manager for communications and publications, you will be a storyteller who works proactively with colleagues across the organization to mine, develop, and produce content with the goal of raising the visibility of Physicians for Human Rights. You will lead the production of all PHR printed materials, including reports, newsletters, fact sheets. and brochures. You will also work with outside editorial, design, and pint vendors, and maintain and facilitate consistent organizational usage of the PHR style guide and identity guidelines. The manager for communications and publications will determine messaging priorities for audiences, draft compelling copy; and copy-edit communications products across several regions/offices and digital platforms. This position will work closely with the development department in promoting PHR to donors and will provide guidance to communications and development staff in marketing and messaging best practices. You will be responsible for developing key messages and brand strategy and will play a leadership role in ensuring their consistent use throughout the organization. You will be responsible for PHR’s brand and visual identity, including developing global collateral, promotional, and written materials, supporting PHR’s presence at conferences, meetings, and events. You will be responsible for producing U.S.-based brand merchandising and PHR advertisement efforts to increase brand awareness.

The candidate must have a solid understanding of how to be opportunistic and package PHR’s work and promote its voice to maximum advantage. The position requires strategic thinking, leadership, innovative ideas, exceptional writing, editing, and marketing skills, and the ability to convey complex ideas clearly using consistent messaging and storytelling tactics.



  • Partner with Programs to monitor and facilitate the editorial production of all PHR reports and publications; maintain tracker (“publications pipeline”) and liaise with departments to meet key deadlines
  • Coordinate report review chain, including internal and external reviewers; work with lead authors to integrate edits and feedback
  • Strategize and create compelling campaigns with emotive and motivating stories and materials to strengthen PHR’s fundraising efforts across all channels to reach new audiences, increase the number of supporters, and build loyalty. Work with the fundraisers to coordinate the implementations of campaigns and content across channels and segments;
  • Conceptualize, write, and produce PHR’s annual report and donor newsletters
  • Serve as PHR’s lead steward of the PHR brand, visual identity, graphic design, style and voice
  • Lead the copy edit, lay-out, graphic design, and production of PHR reports and publications, liaising with key external vendors
  • Work with the development team to create inspiring copy for print newsletters, direct mail pieces, brochures, and other donor materials;
  • Assist communications staff with writing and copyediting web content, e-advocacy messages, op-eds, letters to the editor, and other materials;
  • Acquire photography (stock and original) to illustrate PHR publications;
  • Collaborate with the other members of the communications team to design and implement organization-wide expectations and procedures for gathering stories, photos, and other content required to support communications efforts; and
  • Other duties as assigned.



Skills and Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in English, journalism, communications, public relations, or similar field preferred;
  • 5-10 years of well-rounded professional experience in communications, professional writing, editing, website design, and management, preferably with international nonprofit organization(s);
  • Superior writing and editing skills; able to translate complex issues into key points for target audiences across varied communications platforms;
  • Strong understanding of and experience in audience definition and brand positioning of nonprofit organizations;
  • Demonstrated project management experience as well as interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;
  • A proactive attitude and strong work ethic, with the ability to identify problems and develop solutions;
  • Mature, adaptable, resourceful, and detail-oriented, with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;
  • Proficiency in AP and Chicago style, familiarity with Adobe and Creative Suite; and
  • Genuine passion for human rights and excitement about the notion of bringing PHR’s stories to new audiences.


Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in either New York, NY, Boston, MA or Washington D.C. offices. This is an in-office-based role with a hybrid model. The salary range is $63,000-$67,000 and is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

  Please email cover letter (with salary requirement) and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and where you saw this job posting in the email body.   Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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