The Carter Center: Assistant Director, Communications

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Regular Full-Time
The Carter Center
The Carter Center
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Business Operations
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Carter Center

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The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA, by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. 


The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public and private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center.




The Assistant Director, Communications develops and implement strategic communications plans to publicize The Carter Center and its mission. The Assistant Director will maintain a cross-functional portfolio of programs that form their “beat” inside the organization and seek positive media coverage and external visibility about these programs and the issues they address. Develops and implements promotional strategies and communication programs to promote the Health and Peace programs locally, regionally, and nationally. Monitors news to be aware of current events. Research issues/trends relevant to global nonprofits. Develops, writes, and edits news releases, stories, articles and other communications materials. May interview sources for stories and obtains quotes and background information.




  • Works with administration to identify programs, research, and cultural and other events appropriate for media relations attention.
  • Develops and implements promotional strategies and media relations programs to promote the organization locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with reporters through letters, telephone calls, and personal visits.
  • Creates media opportunities.
  • Responds to incoming media inquiries and prioritizes media coverage.
  • Attends campus events to host reporters on evenings and weekends.
  • Travels to meet with reporters and editors.
  • Monitors news to be aware of current events.
  • Researches issues/trends relevant to higher education.
  • Develops, writes and edits news releases, stories, articles, letters and other media relations communications materials.
  • Plans and assigns article ideas for periodicals.
  • Interviews sources for stories and obtains quotes and background information.
  • Participates in strategic communication planning and implementation including crisis communication and issues management.
  • Supervises staff by orienting, training, and providing performance feedback on an on-going basis.
  • Monitors new developments in electronic communications technology; recommends the acquisition of appropriate new technologies/applications.
  • Assists in developing distribution procedures and mailing lists.
  • May be responsible for managing various aspects of social media activities.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • A bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism or related field, and five years professional experience in public relations, writing, or editing, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, English, international affairs or public health is preferred.
  • At least five years’ experience at a media outlet, public relations agency or corporate or nonprofit communications team.
  • Proven record of success in fast-paced, news-driven setting where speed is paramount.
  • Excellent writing and storytelling skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally to secure stories and visual assets.
  • Knowledge of international development, especially public health and peacebuilding.
  • Working knowledge of video editing and multimedia storytelling.
  • Ability to take competent photos and videos.
  • Must be deadline oriented, detail oriented, as well as a team player and a problem solver.
  • Versatility to toggle across programs and activities and be an adept generalist.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.


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