Job Listing: Communications Manager, Vance Center

Title:               Communications Manager, Vance Center

Start Date:      October or November 2022


The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. A unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives, provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs, and strengthen the ethical practices of the legal profession.

With a staff of 12 lawyers and 3 other professionals and an annual budget of $1.7 million, the Vance Center operates various programs (1) providing pro bono representation, in partnership with more than 170 law firms worldwide, to civil society and international organizations in the areas of the environment, human rights, and good governance, and (2) promoting diversity, pro bono practice, ethics, and public interest law education, particularly in the Latin American and sub-Saharan African legal professions.

The Vance Center is a program of the New York City Bar Fund, an affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, which provides it with administrative support.  The Vance Center Committee, composed of 40 partners of 30 international law firms, as well as corporate and public sector lawyers, provides strategic advice and programmatic and financial support.  The Vance Center has its office in the Bar Association building, with some personnel based remotely, including in Bogota, Guatemala, and Johannesburg.

The Position

            The Communications Manager will report to the Vance Center Executive Director and be responsible for developing the organization’s communications strategy and overseeing its implementation, with the support of the Communications Sub-Committee of the Vance Center Committee.  The Communications Manager will coordinate all activities with the communications department of the Bar Association, as well as its various committees, and the other programs of the Bar Fund.

            In particular, the Communications Manager will lead the Vance Center’s efforts to inform its various stakeholders and the public about its mission, programs, projects, and impact, using its website, social media, monthly newsletter, and other means of communication.  The Communications Manager will support the Executive Director in internal communications with the Vance Center Committee and the Bar Association and Bar Fund boards of directors.  The Communications Manager similarly will support Vance Center program leaders in communications with members of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas, the Women in the Profession Steering Committee, the African Legal Fellows alumni, pro bono leaders of law firms represented on the Vance Center Committee, and other groups affiliated with the Vance Center.

            In planning and implementing communications efforts, the Communications Manager will collaborate closely with the Vance Center colleagues who direct and manage its programs, including the Human Rights and Access to Justice, Environment, and Good Governance programs, the Women in Profession program, the Pro Bono Promotion program, Keep Families Together, the Africa program, and the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas.

            The Communications Manager will collaborate with the Vance Center Fundraising Manager and other colleagues and the Fundraising Sub-Committee of the Vance Center Committee to develop strategic communications messaging and materials to support fundraising strategies and appeals and other development efforts.



  • Develop and implement communications strategies focused on various stakeholders and audiences
  • Create and implement an events and outreach strategy that introduces the Vance Center’s work to new audiences, including speaking opportunities for Vance Center staff and Committee members at relevant conferences and other events
  • Develop concepts, proposals, and materials for strategic communications messaging, aligned with fundraising strategies
  • Manage website, social media accounts, and organizational and program brochures.
  • Work with program colleagues to draft press releases, social media postings, fundraising appeals, and other messaging
  • Coordinating with the Bar Association communications department, pitch stories to media and respond to media inquiries.
  • Edit and produce monthly newsletter.
  • Coordinate with program colleagues to promote events.
  • Produce videos and podcasts as needed.
  • Manage recording of events for social media, website, and other purposes.
  • Generate new ideas and projects to increase awareness of the Vance Center’s work to stakeholders and the public.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with master’s degree a plus
  • At least three years of experience in organizational communications, preferably at one or more social justice research and advocacy organizations, including:
    • Developing and implementing communications strategies and plans
    • Conceptualizing, writing, and presenting social media posts and website and press release content
    • Developing messaging to support fundraising efforts
  • Excellent English-language research, writing, and oral communication skills, as well as attention to detail, with Spanish-language competence a plus
  • Strong digital technology and social media knowledge, skills, and experience, including with WordPress
  • Basic facility with graphics programs for social media banners and visuals, such as Photoshop, Canva, basic HTML, and Dreamweaver
  • Media relations experience a plus
  • Strong external relationship building with emotional intelligence and persuasive communications
  • Team spirit, including ease of working with colleagues and partners from varied backgrounds and collaborating in virtual groups
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work quickly and well under pressure, to manage multiple tasks, and to meet tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with international policy issues, preferably including experience with law and/or human rights
  • Authorization to work in the United States


Salary will be based on experience, with ongoing recognition of achievement.

The Vance Center provides a competitive benefits package, including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and employee discounts, among others.

Application instructions:


Applications will be considered when received, until a qualified candidate is hired. To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and a list of three references.

No phone calls please.

The Vance Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs; disability; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.