Part-Time Communications Assistant
OHorizons seeks a creative and critical thinking individual with a passion for providing global communities with low-tech, low-cost tools that enable them to enjoy healthy, productive lives.
OHorizons’ Communications Assistant (CA) will be responsible for background research, implementation, and follow through of various communications projects that will ensure we are maximizing our potential and executing projects at a high standard and in a timely fashion.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the CA position will work out of OHorizons’ Brooklyn office.
The CA will utilize their critical thinking to identify strategic opportunities through assigned projects that will promote and enhance OHorizons global accessibility and image. The ideal individual will be able to effectively prioritize and facilitate the execution of projects run by themselves and others. You’re going to wear many hats in this position and must be alright with ever fluctuating responsibilities based on organizational project needs.
This is a part-time position consisting of a maximum of 18 hours/week. Two 8 hour days (10am-6pm) + some additional time allocated for at home email communication throughout the week. Compensation will be based on an hourly rate to be determined by applicant’s skills and experience.
Assist the OHorizons team with the promotion and communication of its public image, clearly articulating and communicating its mission, vision, programs and impact in written and visual (photos/video) form, as well as in person at events and meetings.
Research, identify, catalog, and prepare reports on strategic opportunities, within assigned projects, that will maximize the reach and effectiveness of our organization and advance our mission. (e.g. online research into design/humanitarian award competitions to enter.)
Facilitate the completion of projects either through yourself or the management of others.
Help post project job descriptions, interview, hire, manage, and review output of both online and in person volunteers and paid project freelancers.
Draft and edit communications copy (e.g. blog posts, email newsletters, creation of OHorizons profiles/commentary with links back to our website within applicable online communities, etc.)
Manage the community forum on our website.
STRENGTHS AND CHARACTERISTICS
OHorizons will consider for this position those individuals who have demonstrated they are energetic, clever, committed, and results driven. They will be intellectually curious individuals capable of grasping and communicating with excitement the concepts of the Wood Molds and the BioSand Filters and the greater efforts related to fostering global health. They will also possess the following:
Ability to follow directions and take initiative
Strong self-management skills and the highest level of personal accountability and integrity
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to communicate with and manage freelance project hires and volunteers online and in person
Excellent copywriting skills and email etiquette
Unwavering attention to accuracy and detail
Excellent organization and formatting skills
Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
Ability to synthesize research into prioritized strategic initiatives
- Two- or four-year degree required
- Experience in/understanding of the international development world prioritized
- Proficient at using Gmail, Gdrive, and Google Search (as a research tool)
- Proficient at using Microsoft Office Suite Programs (Word, Excel, etc)
- Proficient knowledge of how to use basic photo editing software a plus
- Proficient knowledge of project management software (Basecamp) a plus
- Proficient knowledge of email marketing (Mailchimp) a plus
- Insights into ux website design a plus
OHorizons develops and deploys low-tech, context-appropriate innovations to solve persistent global challenges. Centered on the user, OHorizons innovates low-tech solutions that are simple to implement, low-cost, locally-sourced, universally flexible, and open-source.
OHorizons currently focuses on providing access to safe drinking water, so that all people can live a healthy, productive, and dignified life. It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of water systems in developing countries become inoperable after five years. Why such a high failure rate? Most projects are done with little to no input from the local community, which means the people actually using the water systems know little to nothing about the technology, how it actually works, and most importantly how it can be maintained and fixed when it breaks.
OHorizons is addressing this problem. Our Low-Tech, High-Thinking principles guided us to engineer a low-cost Wood Mold for the production of concrete BioSand Filters (BSFs). BioSand Filters are ingenious household appliances that use sand, gravel, and natural biological processes to filter pathogens out of water, making it safe for drinking. Our award-winning Wood Mold’s design is scalable, sustainable, and context-appropriate for the people that use it. We work with communities and local implementation partners from around the world. Organizations in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America have used our open-source, DIY-friendly technical resources to resolve their drinking water issues using local materials, tools, and labor.
The Wood Mold we have engineered allows local organizations to manufacture concrete BioSand Filters for a fraction of the upfront costs of traditional methods, meaning more people can get clean water faster. Our locally-made, simple-to-use filters keep families healthy and make safe drinking water accessible, affordable, and sustainable.
OHorizons is providing safe drinking water access to 15,000 additional Bangladeshis in 2017 alone and has ambitious plans to reach more than one million people in the next four years. In order for that to happen we are going to need to continue to build our fantastic team!
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resumé electronically to: Dylan Lunney, Director of Communications Dylan [at] ohorizons [dot] org