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Title Communications Manager
Business Unit Executive
Location Boston, MA or Portland, ME


A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange.  For 70 years CIEE has been committed to bringing the world together through meaningful international exchange programs to help humanize international relations – all students, all nations.  Driven by this purpose, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.  Serving over 400 U.S. College and University consortium members, CIEE operates sixty-five study centers in forty-five countries that support study abroad programs for over 10,000 students annually.  In addition, as the largest sponsor for U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa programs, CIEE helps nearly 30,000 international students participate in U.S. based exchange programs annually.  CIEE programs and services span study abroad, teach abroad, international faculty development seminars, and inbound exchange study, work, and internship programs for today’s high school and university students, professionals, and educators.

We strive to lead a robust community of international program providers and sponsors through innovation, exemplary service and exceptional efficiency.  Our success depends on having the very best professionals.  CIEE is committed to recruiting and retaining the best people in the industry, particularly those who are passionate about international education, are self-starters with high levels of energy and autonomy, and are dedicated to exceed expectations in every challenge.

Summary of Position:

The Communications Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of internal communications in support of the Executive Office/CEO communications to CIEE staff and VIPS, as well as directed external communication that position/reinforce CIEE as the leader in international education and exchange. The Communications Manager will directly manage 1-2 interns, freelance writers/designers and external PR consultants as needed.  This position works closely with the President’s office, marketing managers associated with our respective businesses, and senior leadership across CIEE. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Executive Office

  • Develop comprehensive communications strategies that support the overall strategic direction of the organization
  • Plan and produce executive communications calendar
  • Plan and produce press releases, executive presentations and remarks, corporate brochure, and related communications
  • Assess and evaluate communications, report findings, and recommend improvements
  • Produce ad hoc communications to staff from the CEO

Internal Communication

  • Create, write, and distribute Employee Newsletter
  • Provide expertise and share knowledge with internal business units on communications projects and media events

Social Media

  • Oversight of Corporate Social Channels - CIEE Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Manage corporate pages on website


  • Monitor CIEE Media email/voicemail and media monitoring
  • Manage inbound media inquiries
  • Monitor Third-Party Review Sites (BBB, Yelp, etc.)
  • Direct Internal and External Crisis communications
  • Oversee the development and communication of CIEE Brand Guidelines
  • Organize Condolence Communications as needed

Knowledge & Skills Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in English, the areas of Communications, or Journalism combined with related professional experience
  • 5+ years related work experience in progressively more responsible positions, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • International experience preferred
  • Excellent editing skills
  • Intimate knowledge of Associated Press Style Guide
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal and the ability to present ideas and information clearly
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team – internal staff as well as external freelancers/partners
  • Ability to manage and lead multiple projects simultaneously and deliver high quality work on time and on budget
  • Extreme attention to detail and outstanding organization skills. Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work effectively across business units and to set and recommend priorities.
  • Flexibility and interest in working in a fast-paced, dynamic, team-orientated work environment
  • Some evening and weekend work as well as travel both domestic and international may be required
  • Other duties as assigned
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