Senior Communications Associate


Posted: 9/28/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Marketing/Communications

Primary domain: Research

City: New York

Postal code: 10019

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:


Through insightful research and powerful convenings, we inspire and equip leaders to design diverse, inclusive workplaces where every person belongs.


We envision a world where everyone can thrive; where employers and employees value the differences and the perspectives of all people.


  • Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Empower individuals and organizations
  • Drive impactful change
  • Collaborate as a team
  • Achieve excellence in our work
  • Demonstrate integrity in all we do


Position Details:

Job Description:

The Organization
Coqual is a New York based think tank that conducts research, build community, and advises companies to design diverse, inclusive workplaces where every person belongs.
Coqual currently works with 100+ companies, many in the Fortune 500, and is organized along three pillars:
  1. Coqual’s Task Force of member companies – a community of global business leaders who are committed to diversity and inclusion.
  2. Ground-breaking research and publications on the most important issues in diversity and inclusion
  3. Advisory services through our consulting group, which helps companies implement Coqual research.
This position is presently 100% remote due to COVID 19. In 2021, we expect to return to Coqual’s large, bright office in midtown, though Coqual aims to be flexible regarding work-from-home considerations.

The Role
The Senior Communications Associate helps to drive and deliver results for Coqual’s brand, publicity, and public information efforts, predominantly surrounding our organization’s highly respected research on workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. The individual in this role is responsible for developing communication content and media relations that promote our research, and enhance Coqual’s visibility, image, and reputation. Coqual has recently rebranded with a vibrant new visual and verbal identity we are excited to share with the world.
Success in this position is predicated on very strong writing and content creation skills, social media experience, a high level of organization and detail orientation, passion for the media, and experience in pitching and placing stories. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated success working collaboratively. The candidate must have both passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This position will report to the Vice President, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Responsibilities to include:
o Write high-quality communications products for Coqual, including newsletters, email, blogs, social media posts, releases, editorial pieces, talking points, and marketing collateral
o Work well with designers to produce visual content that meets our brand identity

o Support Coqual’s overall brand and communications strategy

o Monitor the workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion beat
o Liaise with media, both reactively and through proactive outreach, including pitching, handling press inquiries, monitoring interviews, and prepping Coqual speakers with talking points on Coqual’s research data
o Cultivate relationships with reporters and maintain records of contacts, interview requests, and outcomes

o Drive smart, engaging social media strategy across multiple platforms
o Lead production and posting of website content, including blog posts
o Gather, analyze, and use metrics to hone content
o Oversee website: Keep content up to date, upload and edit website content on WordPress

o Share Coqual content with high-visibility corporate sponsors and ensure Coqual messaging is visible, accurate, and on-brand
o Manage multiple projects, simultaneously, from conception to completion, including anticipating challenges, meeting deadlines, coordinating thought-leader schedules, and creating workback plans
o Facilitate Coqual webinars
o Work with integrity, serve as a good teammate, and uphold Coqual’s values
o Other responsibilities as needed


• 3+ years of experience in communications and/or marketing, at either a top-level agency, nonprofit, or within a Fortune 500 Company, or the equivalent
• Enthusiasm for the media and awareness of current events and coverage
• Superior and versatile writing skills are essential, including the ability to craft a convincing op-ed using Coqual data, a short engaging social media post, a clear and practical action sheet, a stirring call to action.
• Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, or Journalism is ideal
• Strong media relations skills, including quick response to media inquiries and experience working with journalists and editors to gain placements
• Appreciation for and ability to understand complex data and communicate relevant points to a lay audience
• Excellent social media skills, including experience creating monthly content calendars
• Creative problem-solving skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills, with ability to manage multiple workstreams simultaneously, and lead project planning to meet deadlines
• Comfort and capability in public speaking
• Basic skills in Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as all Microsoft Office applications
• Familiarity in maintaining contact lists in Cision or other media contact software
• Highly discrete and disciplined in maintaining confidentiality
• Strong passion for Coqual’s mission, including diversity and inclusion topics and workplace solutions

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

Location: New York, NY (Remote at present)


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

How to Apply

Please email the following to [email protected]

1) two relevant writing samples 2) a resume, and 3) a cover letter that explains why you are interested in this job.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Only those whose application is being considered will be contacted. No phone calls or emails, please.

Coqual wishes to attract the best talent to ensure we are delivering on our mission. We believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. To meet this goal, we must have a workplace where differences are appreciated and respected. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical and mental disability, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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