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Position: Director, Media Relations
Americas Society/Council of the Americas, New York

Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) are sister organizations providing the most trusted forum for debate on issues affecting the Western Hemisphere. Headquartered in New York City and with offices in Washington and Miami, AS/COA holds high-level events across the United States and Latin America and is the publisher of Americas Quarterly, the leading publication dedicated to politics, business, and culture in the Americas. The position will be based in New York.

The Media Relations Director will be responsible for the development and the implementation of the organizations’ media strategy. The ideal candidate is bilingual (English/Spanish), possesses a working knowledge of public relations and advertising, a strong network of relevant media contacts in the U.S. and Latin America, and the ability to build and strengthen institutional relationships with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and manage the execution of a proactive media strategy for AS/COA initiatives, events, experts, publications, and cultural programming.
  • Create English- and Spanish-language messaging for media advisories, press releases, talking points, media statements, op-eds, and institutional publications.
  • Identify and craft compelling stories that secure high-level placements in print, broadcast, and online media.
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests. Organize media events such as press previews and press conferences.
  • Cultivate relationships with relevant media contacts across a broad array of subjects, including foreign policy, trade, economics, women’s economic empowerment, and Latin American visual arts and music.
  • Support AS/COA spokespeople for a wide range of public and media engagements.
  • Oversee monitoring, tracking, and reporting of media coverage.
  • Explore, evaluate, and manage opportunities for media partnerships.
  • Lead AS/COA’s advertising initiatives, oversee contracts, and supervise the services of outside public relations agencies.
  • Collaborate with web and social media teams creating, curating, and promoting editorial content that supports AS/COA’s mission and standing as a thought leader and influencer.
  • Train and guide media relations staff.

Qualifications and attributes

The candidate is expected to be a self-starter who works with minimal supervision, manages own time effectively, maintains control over all current projects, and follows up on all relevant issues. Must be detail oriented.

Skills and qualifications include:

  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of relevant experience with a track record of success in expanding organizational visibility and development media relationships.
  • Degree in journalism, communication, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent English-language and Spanish-language verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of Portuguese a plus.
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of Latin America and international affairs.
  • Understanding of social media messaging.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes some early morning and evening commitments, as well as occasional domestic or international travel.

Compensation: Americas Society/Council of the Americas is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as outstanding benefits including an excellent health and dental plan, vacation, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Application Process

Please submit cover letter, resume, and at least one English-language and one Spanish-language writing sample to czissis@as-coa.org. Published clips—whether via links, PDFs, or some type of online portfolio—are welcome. No phone calls please. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted. 


Associate, Membership and Development
Americas Society, New York

Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) are independent, nonpartisan membership organizations dedicated to strengthening inter-American relations by engaging business leaders, government officials, opinion makers, and other key constituents through constructive and forward-looking dialogue across Latin America, the United States, and Canada. Our multilingual public policy and culture programs and publications help shape and advance an agenda of understanding, collaboration, and regional prosperity for the Americas at large.

Americas Society (AS) seeks a dynamic and experienced associate to manage the organization’s individual membership, and support other fundraising efforts. The associate will report to the head of corporate relations and public policy, and will work closely with both teams, as well as with the Young Professionals of the Americas and culture teams to coordinate membership benefits and strategize ways to enhance membership benefits and acquire new members.

The ideal candidate will be an organized, energetic self-starter and have a strong interest in Latin America and international affairs. This position provides a unique opportunity to gain exposure to and engage with leading figures and trends in the region.

Responsibilities

  • Manage membership renewals and upgrade strategies for individual membership programs, including President’s Circle, Americas Society individual membership, Cultural Circle, Arts of the Americas Circle, and Young Professionals of the Americas.
  • Oversee the processing of membership gifts, renewals, upgrades, donations, and their acknowledgments.
  • Work in coordination with public policy programs, corporate relations and culture teams to build out strategies for member retention, cultivation of membership benefits, and acquisition of new members.
  • As part of the membership acquisition strategy, attend AS/COA programing and coordinate meetings with high-level prospects to discuss upcoming programs and membership benefits. Attending events at similar institutions is also encouraged.
  • Coordinate the creation and design of marketing materials, emails, campaigns, and other digital assets for the organization, including the year-end appeal for donations.
  • Track and report on event attendance, membership, and revenue statistics, and provide reports to top management on statistics and trends.
  • Coordinate with programs, culture, and Young Professionals of the Americas teams on select members-only receptions and events, as well as partnerships with other membership and cultural institutions.
  • Be an inter-departmental liaison to ensure all membership information is approved by the respective parties and up-to-date in relevant institutional materials.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a related field.
  • Previous professional experience with membership, events, marketing.
  • Self-starter with resourcefulness, enthusiasm, and charisma.
  • Strong written and spoken Spanish required. Portuguese a plus.
  • Outstanding sales ability, inter-personal communications, and relationship management skills.
  • Availability to work early mornings and evenings for events.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, MailChimp, social media, and design skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized, able to work independently and with a team.

Compensation

Americas Society is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as outstanding benefits including an excellent health and dental plan, vacation, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Contact

Please email your résumé and cover letter to Randy Melzi at rmelzi@as-coa.org. In your cover letter, please mention your related experience and explain why you are a good fit for the position. Please include “Associate, Membership and Development” in the subject line. No phone calls. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted. Americas Society/Council of the Americas is an equal opportunity employer.


Position: Internship, AS/COA Online
Americas Society and Council of the Americas, New York

Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) seeks a current undergraduate or graduate student, recent graduate, or freelancer for an editorial internship working with the content of its website, www.as-coa.org, as well as providing support with social media and multimedia content. This internship requires strong writing and copyediting skills, and interest in or experience with online media. Intern assignments include, but are not limited to: researching, writing, editing, and copyediting; photo research and editing; authoring social media; uploading content; and assisting with website updates and administrative tasks.

This is a paid internship. The internship begins in January 2019. It requires a commitment of at least 20 hours a week, and 24 hours a week during summer months.

Key areas of focus will be:

  • Assisting with updating, writing, editing, and posting content for the site. This includes writing updates and explainers, contributing to infographics, and supporting production of other content on news affecting the Americas.
  • Supporting social media efforts.
  • Copyediting and factchecking content across the website.
  • Posting videos or podcasts of events and other multimedia content.
  • Helping with necessary administrative tasks.
  • Working in conjunction with the webteam to build on and implement digital strategy to promote the programs and publications of AS/COA.

Qualifications

The candidate should be able to balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment under deadline pressure. Skills and qualifications include:

  • Excellent English-language writing skills with a working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese. Knowledge of Latin America highly preferred.
  • Experience in the field of digital media, journalism, multimedia, or publishing. Copyediting and factchecking skills a huge plus.
  • Proficiency and experience working with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) and their use as marketing tools.
  • Ability to work with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Experience with updating web content using a content management system preferred.

Application Submission

Please email cover letter, resume, and at least one brief English-language writing sample to Holly Sonneland at hsonneland@as-coa.org. Published clips—whether via links, PDFs, or some type of online portfolio—are welcome. No phone calls please.

About Us

The mission of www.as-coa.org is to serve as a forum for information related to the Americas, as well as to share news about AS/COA programs, publications, and events with members and the general public.


Position: Internship, Policy
Council of the Americas, Washington, D.C.

The Council of the Americas Washington office seeks a student with office experience for an internship. This position provides the opportunity to work in the Washington policy community as well as unique exposure to influential government and business leaders from the Americas. Policy areas may include trade and energy, among others. The internship is unpaid, and interns are required to earn university credit.

Key Areas of Focus
  • Providing logistical support for policy events and working groups, including interacting with COA corporate members
  • Writing for the AS/COA website, primarily program summaries
  • Notetaking at events and meetings
  • Staying current on trends, country-specific information, and business issues in the region
  • Administrative tasks
  • Assisting with research for reports, op-eds, and background papers
  • Editing and fact-checking
  • Attending policy meetings

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of college or university
  • Fluency in English and high proficiency or fluency in Spanish
  • Exceptional English language writing skills
  • Exceptional research skills
  • Ability to identify and summarize key points of articles and meetings
  • Knowledge of political and economic issues in Latin America
  • Background in international relations, political science, or a similar program of study
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Previous office experience
  • Detail oriented

Time requirement: Minimum of 20 hours per week.

Application submission: Please email cover letter, resume, and a 1–2 page English writing sample, preferably on a topic related to COA's work, to Zoe Dauth at zdauth@as-coa.org. In your cover letter, please explain why you are a good fit for the position. Please include “Policy Internship” in the subject line and specify if you are applying for a spring, summer, or fall position. No phone calls. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted.


Position: Student Internship, BRAVO Leadership Forums
Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Miami

Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) is seeking a student intern for the Miami office to focus on the organization’s BRAVO Leadership Forums. The internship provides training for highly motivated college students seeking experience in international business/relations. Through both large scale and private conferences and programs, the BRAVO Leadership Forums promote business and policy concerns within the hemisphere. Student interns will also gain exposure to Latin America’s private and public sector, as well as civil society. The student intern will assist with forums and meetings to promote economic and social development in the region.

Principal responsibilities

  • Assist in researching and identifying topics of interest, companies, and individuals for AS/COA’s BRAVO Leadership Forums, which consist of the annual Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards, CFO Forums, and CEO Roundtables
  • Coordinate the invitation of speakers and subsequent follow up and confirmation
  • Provide logistical support and assist with outreach for public/private programs and conferences
  • Edit documents, including agendas, marketing materials, and press releases
  • Keep databases organized and up to date

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of college or university
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish; copy editing and proofreading abilities are required for the internship
  • Exceptional research skills; must be detail oriented
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize
  • A team player with excellent organizational, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • Curiosity and an eagerness to contribute to a small team
  • Have an interest/knowledge of regional policy and economic issues in Latin America and the Caribbean

Time requirement

  • Minimum 20 hours per week; minimum 3 month commitment; students must be able to receive university credit for this internship.
  • Flexibility to cover programs that take place early morning or evening

Application submission: Please send your resume and cover letter to Isabel de Quesada at idequesada@as-coa.org.


Position: Student Internship
Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Miami

Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) is seeking a student intern for the Miami office to focus on research for membership and programs. Our interns have unique exposure to the policy dialogue in Miami among business, community, and government leaders and are able to contribute to this dialogue by helping to organize and execute the meetings and forums led by the AS/COA Miami team.

Principal responsibilities

  • Researching and identifying prospects for membership with the COA, in South Florida as well as throughout Latin America
  • Performing market research on current and prospective members and preparing company profiles
  • Generating reports and queries as well as facilitating maintenance of our database
  • Writing briefing papers on relevant topics for programs
  • Assisting with outreach for public and private programs and providing logistical support

Time requirement

  • 15–20 hours per week; minimum 3 month commitment; students must be able to receive university credit for this internship
  • Flexibility to cover programs that take place early morning or evening a plus

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of college or university
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Strong written and spoken Spanish, Portuguese a plus
  • Exceptional research skills
  • Facility with databases
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize
  • Curiosity and an eagerness to contribute to a dynamic team environment

Application submission: Please send your resume and cover letter to Vanessa Vazquez at vvazquez@as-coa.org.

Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.

Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council's membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.