Better Buying is Hiring: Senior Manager of Communications

February 4, 2021

Better Buying Institute (BBI) was launched in 2019 to promote the improvement of buyer purchasing practices, supply chain management, worker conditions, and the natural environment.  A young organization working to transform the way global supply chains work, BBI’s primary activities include: (i) independent research, (ii) the operation and management of a ratings and evaluation platform on which suppliers provide information about their buyer customers relating to various aspects of purchasing practices and (iii) projects and training on supply chain industry practices to support innovation and promote change. Our work started with the apparel, footwear, and household textiles industries where we are already beginning to see positive changes. We have been organically expanding into the broader consumer goods sector and plan to make more intentional progress with new industries in that sector soon.

Better Buying Institute reimagines supply chain sustainability, leveraging data to strengthen supplier-buyer relationships and improve purchasing practices that drive profitability while protecting workers and the environment.  We focus on the day-to-day business activities (purchasing practices) used by retailers and brands to bring products to market. While these purchasing practices have been known to put pressure on supply chains, their negative impacts on suppliers, workplace conditions, worker wages, and environmental performance have increased and become highly visible during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis with brand and retailer purchasing practices often determining the viability of supplier businesses and whether or not workers in their factories go hungry. 

Better Buying Institute is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3) pending) incorporated in Delaware in the United States and is the outgrowth of a research project started in 2015 and headed by Dr. Marsha Dickson, a distinguished academic scholar.

About The Opportunity

Better Buying Institute is seeking a Senior Manager of Communications to lead the implementation of Better Buying’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities. This new role in our young organization leverages the knowledge generated from Better Buying’s core research and innovative projects in support of increasing retailer, brand, and supplier affiliation and expanding use of Better Buying’s tools and expertise with partner organizations in multiple global consumer goods industries, starting first with the apparel industry. By crafting compelling messages and materials, using creative strategies for communications targeted to diverse global audiences, and working effectively with relevant media, you will increase visibility about the accomplishments and impacts of Better Buying’s work and play a pivotal role in helping transform the way global supply chains operate in support of workers and the environment. This position will work closely with the rest of the team to drive B2B engagement, increase readership of our research, and grow visibility of the organization.

Major Roles & Responsibilities

Marketing & Communications Planning and Implementation: Work closely with the team to execute the 2021 communications strategy, leveraging Better Buying core research activities to enhance the organization’s image and position with key target audiences.

Content Development, Writing & Editing:  Write and edit a variety of communications materials, including marketing materials, press releases, journalist pitches, blog posts, op-eds, talking points, report launch, media plans, and other communications collateral, adapting tone and style to meet the needs and interests of various target audiences. Provide story and copy-editing support for Better Buying research reports, and work with the Better Buying team to design, produce, and manage collateral materials and multimedia assets, including reports, PowerPoint decks, website materials, videos, infographics, leave-behinds, and related materials, coordinating the appearance of all organization print and electronic materials.

Website & Social Media: Responsible for maintaining Better Buying’s social media presence and digital marketing, including regularly creating new content to refresh the website and other online channels.

Public Relations: Proactively seek media coverage to increase the organization’s visibility and executive thought leadership and prepare the organization to react quickly to global events. Cultivate and manage relationships and regular contact with targeted domestic and international media, and drive media relations pushes globally. Coordinate with the President on representation to the media. Work closely with the President to coordinate and support Better Buying’s participation in international events, meetings, webinars, and conferences that build and support relationships with key stakeholders, increase knowledge about the organization and its impact, and align with the organization’s strategic objectives.

Qualifications should include:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in communications or marketing, ideally in a nonprofit or agency setting.
  • A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field.
  • Experience creating marketing materials for diverse target audiences.
  • Excellence in editing and proofreading whereby spelling, grammatical, and format errors do not slip into published works. 
  • Computer literacy in word processing, page layout, and Adobe Creative Suite or similar software.
  • Experience with website administration and managing social media platforms.
  • Some availability outside standard working hours to accommodate time differences between other team members and international stakeholders, as needed for timely and efficient work.

In addition, the following skills and experiences are preferred:

  • You have interpreted and communicated research results or led the publication and public release of reports, whitepapers, or briefs
  • You have a background of experience and knowledge in global consumer goods supply chains and the pressing issues related to human rights, environmental sustainability, and unfair business practices.
  • You have worked in a non-profit setting.
  • You have developed an existing network of media contacts in the U.S., Europe, or globally.

Details

This is a full-time position. You will work remotely from your home and report to Better Buying’s President. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Better Buying Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

Applicants should send to apply@betterbuying.org:

  • A cover letter and CV
  • Examples of content you have written and visuals you have been responsible for creating

You must include “Senior Manager of Communications” as the subject line of the email. Questions concerning this position should be sent to the email address above. No phone calls or faxes, please.


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