Accountability Counsel is thrilled to announce an opening for a one-year, paid Communications Fellow to help implement communications strategy at our high-performing legal nonprofit. We work globally to amplify the voices of vulnerable communities to protect their human rights and environment. Our team of world-class attorneys work directly with communities challenging abuses financed from abroad. We don’t litigate in courts, but instead specialize in the accountability offices that have been created to address these abuses. Our stellar team of policy advocates work to ensure that those accountability offices are transparent, independent, fair, accessible, and effective. We conduct research to track global complaints and expose patterns in data that can be used to prevent harm. We also convene a global network of advocates to foster a global accountability movement. We are an award-winning organization with a reputation for making an outsize impact.

Our team has worked in communities in over 40 countries in our nine-year history. Our victories include one in Mexico, where we successfully supported Indigenous People to stop a project from destroying their communities. We have improved accountability policy at every multilateral development bank, at three United States agencies, and within international institutions. Our advocacy has led to the creation of several new accountability offices, and we have a new groundbreaking initiative on impact investing. Our approach pays particular attention to women, children, and other marginalized groups.

We work in four global locations divided between the Global South and North, and are growing to new regions in the coming years. To learn about our dedicated team, please visit our website and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


The paid Communications Fellow position offers a unique opportunity for a recent graduate to make a substantial global impact and develop their professional skills in close collaboration with our team of experienced advocates.

The Communications Fellow will be based out of Accountability Counsel’s San Francisco office. The Communications Fellow will report to, and work in close collaboration with, the Executive Director. This position also involves close work with each member of our program teams (Communities, Policy, Research). The Communications Fellow will need to work across several time zones, including early morning meetings on a weekly basis.

Specific Responsibilities

Among other duties, the Communications Fellow will:

A. Execute Accountability Counsel’s communications strategy (approximately 90%), including to:

  • ensure that our communications:
    • serve our policy, case, research, and organizational goals through engagement with diverse stakeholders, including our community clients, decision-makers, peer organizations, the public, and donors;
    • are on message, strong, and compelling across a variety of organizational and external platforms (social media, news, web, video, etc.); and
    • are consistent with our substantive and visual brand;
  • work collaboratively with all staff on development of content and provide editorial support;
  • manage an editorial calendar and help ensure that content is placed, promoted, and repurposed appropriately, using outside consultants where needed;
  • communicate with graphic designers, web developers, and other outside professionals to maintain a consistent visual message
  • occasional travel, both domestic and international; and
  • participate as a key team member in Accountability Counsel weekly team meetings to understand and communicate Accountability Counsel’s mission, values, and work.

B. The position is likely to also include occasional fundraising support and administrative duties related to the position (approximately 10%).


The Communications Fellow is required to have:

  • bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred);
  • a background in communications, journalism, political science, public policy, international relations, human rights, law, development, environmental justice, English, and/or public relations;
  • ability to understand and communicate to varying audiences effectively regarding highly technical and often complex information;
  • high attention to detail and concern for providing an exceptional work product, with a self-directed commitment to professionalism;
  • exceptional writing and editing skills;
  • a positive and friendly attitude, collaborative demeanor, and a sense of humor;
  • superb interpersonal and written communication skills and an honest, direct, and transparent communication style;
  • demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem-solve, prioritize workload, stay organized, and make decisions in a fast-paced, deadline-sensitive environment;
  • aptitude for building relationships and ability to work skillfully with external partner and peer organizations;
  • an understanding of and appreciation for work in a dynamic, multicultural, nonprofit, public interest environment; and
  • interest in and commitment to the mission of Accountability Counsel.

The Communications Fellow is preferred to have:

  • skill in using social media and innovative digital storytelling tools, and ability to anticipate and adapt to using new tools;
  • experience with graphic design and photo/video editing; and
  • knowledge of WordPress, Cision, and Hootsuite.

Compensation and Benefits

The Communications Fellowship year comes with a $45,000 annual salary and our superb benefits package, which includes full health, vision, and dental coverage; retirement benefits; and other unique benefits that make Accountability Counsel a wonderful place to work.

Application Process

To apply, please (a) fill out the application form below, (b) upload a cover letter (stating why you want to work at Accountability Counsel, your qualifications as they relate to the stated responsibilities, and whether you are legally eligible to work in the United States) and (c) upload your resume.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting on 15 June 2018. Position to be filled as soon as possible, so please apply right away. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted regarding further steps in the application process.

Accountability Counsel is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

Application Form