Manager/Director of Communications



Marketing & Communications
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2024
Reporting/Supervisor: Chief Development Officer

Location: Flexible, Latin America or the Caribbean preferred

Start Date: ASAP

Travel: 10%

About Acceso

Acceso ( ) is a social enterprise that is revolutionizing food systems in Latin America and the Caribbean to put smallholder farmers first. Acceso’s mission is to create fundamental and lasting positive economic change in the lives of rural smallholder farming families. Our entrepreneurial model provides smallholder farmers with a sustainable way to participate in formalized markets, enabling them to work themselves out of poverty with dignity and to prosper. Acceso currently operates a portfolio of three social businesses in Colombia, Haiti and El Salvador and an agtech tool (Extensio) founded in Mexico. Across our agribusinesses, we have impacted nearly 35,000 smallholder farmers and farmworkers, generating more than $80m in farmer income to date.

Your Mission

  • The Manager/Director of Communications will be a critical leader who will develop and oversee Acceso’s communications strategy for international and local audiences.
  • This position will require both strategy and creativity and will be suited to someone equally comfortable writing a compelling social media post as they are mapping audiences and developing a media plan.
  • The Manager/Director of Communications will help thoughtfully raise the profile of Acceso while using excellent storytelling and engaging content to keep our platforms running and growing.
  • The Manager/Director of Communications will work closely with the Business Development (Fundraising) team, ideating and creating engaging content that keeps existing and potential donors connected to our work and the experiences of Acceso farmers.
  • The Manager/Director of Communications will help kick-start Acceso’s speaking opportunities and media engagements while ensuring they are aligned with our objectives and intended narrative.
  • We are looking for a communications professional who is motivated to support Acceso’s smallholder farmers as we help them grow more food, access profitable markets, and improve their incomes for the benefit of their families and communities.

Once You’re Here, You Will

  • Develop and implement a collaborative and robust strategic communications plan with targets (e.g., reach/ impressions, placed media, original content), highlighting teammates and partners’ accomplishments and the voices of smallholder farmers thus promoting Acceso to key stakeholders.
  • Develop and oversee an executive positioning plan for Acceso leaders to communicate Acceso’s vision, impact goals, initiatives, and accomplishments and to build visibility, trust, and authority.
  • Build strong relationships within the organization to support external communications work and provide communications support as needed.
  • Align, shape, and grow Acceso branding with agriculture-based climate action ecosystems.
  • Steer Acceso’s evolving brand narrative across all platforms and activities, including issue preparedness and crisis communications.
  • Oversee all Acceso channels including the website, social media pages, blog, etc. and create engaging content that interests our audiences, reflects our tone of voice, and delivers on our objectives.
  • Celebrate key achievements and milestones through long-term and project-based communications strategies.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to achieve shared external communication goals.
  • Assist in revamping our website to ensure it reflects our strategic approach and impact.
  • Write or commission freelance writers for longer-form articles and blog posts.
  • Oversee Acceso’s thought leadership approach, pitching and securing international speaking opportunities, and preparing team members for engagements.
  • Work with external creative partners to develop communications materials including videos, graphic visuals, social media content, website elements, etc.

Must Haves

  • You have the ability to inspire others with Acceso’s mission and work.
  • You have significant experience with content development, storytelling, and strategic communications.
  • You are an excellent storyteller and sharp writer, who understands how to deliver content that reflects a brand’s tone of voice.
  • You have experience securing media placements and speaking opportunities.
  • You have experience juggling multiple projects, deadlines, and requests and have a keen attention to detail.
  • You possess the traits of any successful communicator: adaptability, creativity, empathy for your audience, strong ability to learn and work in teams.
  • You have an interest in having a key role in an organization that positively impacts rural communities in Latin America and the Caribbean and you are just as comfortable chatting with a smallholder farmer in the field as you are in delivering a presentation to our Board of Directors.
  • You are perfectly fluent in spoken and written English and at least conversational in Spanish.

Added Bonus

  • Currently living in Latin America or the Caribbean.
  • Experience working for a global NGO.
  • Experience working for a start-up organization.
  • Fluent in French.
  • Experience revamping and maintaining a website.

Compensation & Title

  • Compensation will be based on experience and location.
  • Title (Manager or Director) will be based on experience.

Application Instructions

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter in the form below. In order to be considered, we ask that you submit your application materials in English.

Acceso is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.