Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 110 partners in 50 countries.
We seek a Communications Specialist – Media to work across the communications team, with Accion’s diverse set of staff located around the world, and with external partners to raise Accion’s profile in the fields of impact investing, financial inclusion, and fintech through earned media engagement and public relations activities. Playing a key role in the execution of Accion’s broader communications strategy, s/he plans and coordinates the dissemination of the organization’s announcements; manages earned media engagement activities; builds and maintains relationships with reporters; supports public relations activities; and works alongside communicators and leadership from Accion’s partners to align and support their efforts.
The ideal candidate brings 5-7 years of full-time professional experience, including several years of experience working in strategic communications and media relations. She or he is eager to play a key role in elevating the public profile of a global organization focused on startups, financial technology, and/or international development.
The role is based in Washington, DC with occasional travel and reports to Accion’s Senior Director of Engagement.
Cross-team communications activities (20%)
Earned media activities (60%)
Additional public relations activities (10%)
Management and administrative activities (10%)
The ideal candidate has substantial and progressive, first-hand experience in communications, including multiple years of media relations experience. S/he has an understanding of today’s digital media landscape and a passion for social good. She or he must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and have the collegiality and interpersonal skills necessary to work closely with internal program teams, Accion’s senior leadership, and both communications counterparts and leadership of our external partners across various global markets. The ideal candidate brings an awareness – or at least an interest in – of topics relevant to our work, such as fintech, financial inclusion, SDGs/development, and impact investing. Specifically: