Youth Business International is seeking for a highly skilled, knowledgeable Head of Communications to join our small, dynamic team at the heart of YBI’s growing, global network.
Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of expert organisations supporting underserved young people to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities.
Locally rooted network leading to global impact
Established in 2000, YBI brings together organisations with aligned goals to develop and scale the most effective solutions to the critical challenges facing young entrepreneurs and catalyse positive change in entrepreneurship culture.
Since 2014 we have supported over 95,000 young people to start or grow a business by delivering a range of practical entrepreneurship support services, from guiding a young person to register a new business and improving their bookkeeping skills to helping them write a business plan or grow their fledgling business through facilitating access to finance.
Our expert members
Our members operate in over 50 countries around the world. They are diverse, ranging from training organisations, microfinance institutions, mentoring specialists to business associations and incubators. Locally rooted and locally led, members combine deep contextual knowledge with YBI’s sector-leading global expertise and tools.
The Network effect
YBI is supported by the Network Team, based in London, UK and Bogotá, Colombia. This small, passionate team are committed to equipping members with the most effective solutions to empower youth with the right tools to start and grow sustainable businesses. As a network, we learn, innovate and influence together to drive impact for young entrepreneurs and their communities.
Our values are embedded in everything we do:
We are looking for a highly motivated and engaging communications professional ready for a new challenge. As Head of Communications, you will develop and leverage the Youth Business International (YBI) brand in support of our ambitious vision and mission. This is a new role for YBI, reflecting our commitment to deliver a step-change in profile and positioning.
You will lead all communications activity across our channels, promoting YBI and the incredible work our network is doing around the world to members, current/prospective funders, and the wider sector. You will shape and lead a small Communications Team and work closely with YBI’s Senior Management, the wider Network Team and our members.
To thrive in this role, you will need a strategic mind combined with a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get involved in delivery. You will enjoy leading change and be excited at the prospect of fundamentally transforming YBI’s communications function. You will thrive on building relationships and working as part of a team. Alongside this, you will have brilliant story-telling skills; be well-versed in all things digital; and have an entrepreneurial, “can do” approach.
Strategy and management
External partnership communications
Working with the Membership Team, set and co-lead network communications plan
Oversee bi-monthly member newsletter
Support Network Team colleagues on communications and marketing for key member services, e.g. annual Innovation Challenge and masterclasses
Oversee YBI’s digital community, our online platform for members
Campaigns and publications
If you wish to apply, please send your CV (maximum 2 x A4) and a covering letter with the subject title ‘Head of Communications' to HR@youthbusiness.org by 9am on Monday, 4th November 2019. Interviews will be held on 7th November (phone) and 11th November (face-to-face).
Your covering letter (maximum 2 x A4) should:
Youth Business International is an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds. We are committed to creating a diverse environment, therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin.
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