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Communications Manager, Energy Access



Marketing & Communications
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Acumen is looking for a strategic Communications Manager with a minimum of 7 years of experience to further Acumen’s energy access work by supporting the team's communications needs across fundraising, portfolio, insights, marketing and PR. We are looking for a strategic thinker with excellent communication skills and demonstrated experience in writing and executing PR initiatives. This role is located in NYC. We work in a hybrid model, 3 days in the office per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).

About Acumen
Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services offer important opportunities to people living in poverty. To date, Acumen has positively impacted over 500 million lives by investing $154.4M in 167 innovative, early-stage companies in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States. But investment isn’t only about capital, we’ve been investing in innovators for years, connecting with emerging leaders around the world and engaging them in collective dialogue, moral inquiry, and skill building.

About the Role
Working in our most successful impact sector, energy access, this role will lead the planning, coordination and writing of campaign initiatives and projects from inception to execution. You will be managing the process along the way while ensuring the work is of the highest standard. You will assist in sourcing, developing relationships and providing guidance for external vendors and freelancers. This role will report to and partner with the Brand Strategy Manager while collaborating across the Communications Team and other internal stakeholders.

You are experienced in developing strategy, messaging and execution across a full spectrum of communication channels and formats - including events. You are a creative and strategic thinker with persuasive communications skills.

Accountabilities include:

  • Manage all external communications for Energy across various channels including, but not limited to, website, social media, and email
  • Serve as the external voice for Energy sector and engage with other sector peers within the community across owned and earned channels
  • Work with the Energy team to identify communications opportunities, develop messaging strategies and identify the most powerful and compelling ideas to deliver against the goals of the Energy team
  • Responsible for the management of multiple strategies for sector events and partners, including program development, panelists, talking points. (COP28, Africa Climate Summit)
  • Work closely with the Communications Team, internal stakeholders, and other parts of Acumen to align the Energy Team’s creative campaigns, events and content; fully integrate into Acumen’s communications calendar.
  • Work with OCEO to craft messaging for Founder across multiple channels, including events and social media.
  • Anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, make tradeoffs, and provide solutions while balancing needs of projects versus technical and budgetary constraints.
  • Work closely with PR agency
  • Track and ensure the development of project-based documentation such as contracts, Scope of Works, NDAs, cost estimates, and timeline planning.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience working in global issues related to renewable energy, energy access, and clean energy transition initiatives is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years professional experience (agency or in-house)
  • Experience in writing strategy and messaging, across a full spectrum of communication channels and formats.
  • Experience in media relations
  • Someone who enjoys working collaboratively on projects and understands the needs of the stakeholders and organization.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into compelling concepts.
  • Ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results.
  • Ability to partner with colleagues at all levels of the organization.
  • Creative and Strategic Thinker
  • Self-reflective and aligned with Acumen values.
  • Permanent work authorization in the U.S

NOTE : We request that you please submit resumes in PDF format, not a word document

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

The salary range for this role is $72,900-$91,000 plus a performance-based bonus. This range represents the present low and high end of pay range for this role. Actual compensation will vary based on various factors including but not limited to experience. Acumen has equal pay, so pay is determined through comparison to a cohort of employees in the market at the same level of accountability.