Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Full Time Opportunities

Communications Manager

General Summary

The Communications Manager will spearhead Sister Cities International's (SCI) communications, marketing, and public and media relations efforts. The Manager will create and implement a robust communications and marketing strategy for the organization and will oversee design and production of all online, print, and social media content. She or he will work closely with the President and Vice President to create a communications, PR, and marketing strategy for the organization.

Sister Cities International serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy. As a membership association, Sister Cities International continues to strengthen the sister cities network through strategic institutional partnerships, grants, programs, and support for its members. Sister Cities International provides essential services and resources to help members find partners as well as to expand and improve activities. Sister Cities International motivates and assists private citizens, municipal officials, and business leaders to conduct long-term, mutually beneficial sister city, county, or state relationships. With a mission “to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time,” Sister Cities International’s member programs focus on four main areas of exchange: arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development and technical exchange to connect citizens around the globe.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and schedule writing and visual content for daily social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) to engage new and existing audiences.
  • Create and schedule all written and visual content for email marketing. Including but not limited to:
    • Bi-monthly Member Update & Newsletter
    • Weekly news clips email
    • SCI conference and event promotion emails
    • Targeted member promotion emails
    • Monthly Cities Seeking Cities newsletter
    • Donor newsletters and fundraisers (i.e. #GivingTuesday, Annual Fund)
    • Leadership updates
    • Youth program emails
  • Manage outreach and content for SCI’s blog on Medium and the news section of the SCI website.
    • Including contacting members and partners to contribute to the blog, editing submitted content, uploading content, publishing blog posts, and cross posting on social media and in SCI’s newsletter.
  • Work in tandem with the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. to conduct outreach, edit content, and schedule social media posts for the #SisterCitySunday campaign each week.
  • Create and implement future blog and social media campaigns to increase following and promote brand awareness.
  • Work closely with youth program staff to develop and implement a marketing plans for youth programs
  • Work closely with membership staff to develop and implement a marketing plan promoting member benefits & services as well as recruitment materials.
  • Work closely with development staff to promote donor and fundraising campaigns.
    • Tasks include, but are not limited to:
      • Writing and editing content for donor newsletter and promotional emails.
      • Designing and creating fundraising materials such as flyers, cases for support, pledge cards, acknowledgements, and more.
      • Support fundraising campaigns such as #GivingTuesday by creating materials, emails, and strategically scheduling content.
  • Create and implement communications and marketing plan for 61stAnnual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.
    • Tasks include, but are not limited to:
      • Creating a promotional email schedule with varied content (ex. announcing speakers, panels, hotel information, event locations, etc.), creating digital toolkits for wide distribution for partners to assist with promotion, writing and distributing press release and media advisory to local press, designing flyers, save the dates, and all promotional materials, designing annual awards booklet, assisting with program guide, creating name badges, uploading official photos to Flickr and Facebook, creating all conference related signage, writing conference recap, and performing on-site assistance as needed.
  • Manage content for the Annual Report and Membership Directory and liaise with graphic designer for layout and design.
  • Monitor media coverage of SCI and archive articles into database.
  • Generate and clean targeted press lists.
  • Write and distribute press releases and media advisories as needed.
  • Manage backend of website via Drupal. Update, edit, and create content as needed.
  • Train and supervise seasonal communications interns.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of relevant communications and marketing experience required.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite required (Photoshop, InDesign).
  • Experience managing social media platforms required (Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Medium, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube).
  • Experience with PR and media relations a plus.
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated individual who is able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to work quickly and efficiently to meet tight deadlines.
  • Non-profit or membership association experience and an interest in international affairs/diplomacy a plus.
  • Sense of humor

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with "Communications Manager" in the subject line.

Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan association that has been working since 1956 to advance peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development exchanges. Sister Cities International represents over 570 member communities with partnerships in over 2,300 cities and 150 countries around the globe and serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in citizen diplomacy. EOE/M/F/T/D/V/SO

Winter/Spring 2016 Internship Opportunities

Note: All interns who work 20 hours/week for a full semester will receive a $500 stipend at the end of their internship.

Communications and Marketing Internship

Position Summary

The intern will assist the Communications Manager in a variety of projects becoming an integral part of the Sister Cities International team.

Duties range from writing, editing, press pitching, embassy outreach, public relations, social media, email marketing, media research, and website management. Applicants should have an academic background or previous experience in research, writing, social media, public relations, and/or international affairs.

The internship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience and insights in the fields of nonprofit communications and international affairs. 

Start date is flexible in January 2017.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist with strategy and implementation of Sister Cities International's social media campaigns.
  • Archive and classify press articles.
  • Gather weekly news clips for broad circulation.
  • Assist in writing and editing content for bi-weekly newsletter, blog, and other digital outreach.
  • Research stories, activities, and trends in the sister city network.
  • Research media outlets, create press lists, and draft press releases and media advisories.
  • Spearhead outreach efforts to press, partner organizations, vendors, embassies, potential sponsors, etc.
  • Support Conference and Events Director with conference and event related tasks such as marketing, material creation, and event registration.
  • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with availability to work 20 hours per week.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Previous internship experience in writing, research, media, and/or social media preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in customer service a plus.
  • Preferred: availability to volunteer at Sister Cities International’s Inaugural Gala on January 17, 2017.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Communications). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a State Representative

We are seeking dynamic and dedicated individuals to serve as State Representatives. Current vacancies can be found here. If you are interested in applying please review the State Representative Job Description and Application. Contact membership@sistercities.org for further information.

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