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Director of Communications

Deadline: Until filled

Location: New York, NY, USA

Organization: Foundation for a Just Society

Working in close collaboration with the CEO and the director of programs, the director of communications provides strategic leadership, vision, and oversight of communications approaches that advance the foundation’s mission. Strategic communications is a critical part of FJS’s work through which we aim to transform public conversations about women, girls, and LGBTQI people and build support for movements that advance their rights. In addition, FJS gives dedicated communications grants, journalism grants, and accompaniment support. The director of communications oversees the integration of strategic communications across grantmaking, accompaniment, philanthropic advocacy, and execution of the foundation’s own communications strategy. The director of communications reports to the CEO and contributes to organization-wide decision making and projects through participation in the foundation’s management team, comprised of the CEO, chief financial officer, and the director of programs.

This position leads and supervises FJS’s communications team, including a communications officer, a communications associate, and a cadre of communications consultants. The ideal candidate for this position is a strategic thinker and leader who inspires and motivates team members through a management style that centers relationship building, collaboration, prioritizes leading by example, and incorporates ongoing feedback. This is a full-time position that requires international and domestic travel (approximately 5-10%).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES + RESPONSIBILITIES

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Leadership + Management

  • Provide strategic leadership, vision, and oversight of communications approaches that advance the foundation’s mission.
  • Develop, adopt, and monitor concrete and realistic communications objectives that align with FJS's mission, vision, values, and strategies.
  • Support the integration of communications across the organization.
  • Work with program staff to determine communications needs and establish a culture in which communications work is fully integrated into programs.

Grantmaking

  • Oversee and support the advancement of communications goals in FJS’s regional grantmaking strategies, as guided by program staff.
  • Support regional program teams with implementing their grantmaking strategies for strategic communications and journalism, helping to identify and build relationships with current and prospective grantee partners.
  • Support communications staff to implement the communications accompaniment grantmaking program, focused on providing grantees with dedicated funding for communications.

Corporate Communications

  • Manage the foundation’s public identity to ensure mission, brand, and message continuity, integrity, and effectiveness.
  • Ensure communications activities and materials are aligned with the foundation’s mission, vision, values, and strategies.
  • Oversee content creation and audience engagement (e.g., website, social media).

Perform any other related duties or tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Knowledge of, passion for, and firm grounding in grassroots, global women’s, girls’, and LGBTQI rights movements, with an emphasis on the leadership of women, girls, and LGBTQI people from marginalized communities.
  • At least seven to ten years of professional experience overseeing communications within the women’s, LGBTQI rights, or social justice fields with progressively increasing management responsibility.
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills with a minimum five years of experience managing and growing staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Adept at leading communications and advocacy strategy development from conceptualization to completion, balancing long-term strategic thinking with short-term tactical actions and analysis.
  • Ability to create and operationalize innovative approaches to communications and advocacy, and take calculated risks in support of the foundation’s mission.
  • Strong political analysis and understanding of intersectionality in movements and organizational practice.
  • Understanding of communications and philanthropic advocacy measurement and analysis.

PREFERRED ASSETS

  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French.
  • Experience in a grantmaking foundation.
  • Experience working in philanthropy and with groups in the Global South.
  • Expertise in journalism that supports and elevates voices of movements.

See the full job description

How to apply:

The search is being led by Amy Segelin, Partner at Chaloner. Please email your resume and note of interest to amy@chaloner.com.

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