Director of Communications
About the Ms. Foundation for Women
The Ms. Foundation for Women transforms our democracy by building women’s collective power. Guided by a gender and racial justice lens, we resource grassroots movements that center women and girls of color, advance feminism in philanthropy, and advocate for policies that improve women’s lives across the country. Since 1973, we’ve opened up worlds of possibility for women and girls. But to finally achieve justice for all, we need you in our fight. Learn more and get involved at ForWomen.org.
Our mission is to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. We achieve our mission by investing in and strengthening the capacity of women-led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural and economic change in the lives of women.
Our vision is a just and safe world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age. We believe that equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of a true democracy in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued.
Our core values help us to accomplish our mission and make our vision a reality because we actively live in them and hold each other accountable:
Integrity: We believe in holding ourselves responsible and accountable for all that we say in order to build an aligned, principled and powerful movement for gender equity.
Trust and respect: We believe in the truth that comes from those we work with and those most impacted by the issues affecting their communities. We believe in honoring their voices and supporting their leadership.
Interconnectedness: We believe that by achieving equity for women of color, we achieve equity for all. Given the complexity of the issues we face, we are committed to addressing issues holistically, understanding that we need to build power and alignment across multiple movements and sectors to win the battles we are facing.
Social justice: We believe that structural changes are needed in order to increase opportunities for those who are least well off politically, socially and economically.
Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement and based in our Brooklyn, New York offices, the Director of Communications represents the Ms. Foundation to our stakeholders and the public, including grantees, funders and the media, often serving as a public spokesperson for the organization. Along with top-notch communication skills and deep expertise, the position demands creativity, boldness, patience and diplomacy. The Director of Communications plans and executes communications strategy for the organization, manages the communications program and staff, and is responsible for positioning the Ms.Foundation with diverse audiences in alignment with our mission, vision and strategic goals. As a member of the Advancement team, the Director of Communications collaborates on revenue-driven events and campaigns, funder relationship- and community-building activities, and the dissemination and promotion of programmatic work. The Director of Communications provides leadership in varied contexts across the organization, working closely with the President’s Office, guiding rapid response, providing training for internal and external stakeholders, and participating in strategic initiatives.
Strategic Planning & Budget:
- Plan and guide strategy for communications, marketing and public relations messaging
- Develop annual communications plan in alignment with strategic goals and objectives
- Establish clear benchmarks and metrics for evaluation
- With VP of Advancement, plan and manage communications budget
Leadership & Team Management:
- Supervision and management of communications team, including hiring, performance reviews, professional development planning, coaching, and mentorship
- Build and nurture creative, collaborative, and resilient team culture
- Ensure that communications work plans and processes align with priorities, plans, and timelines across Advancement and the organization
- Maintain current expertise in best practices and innovation in communications technologies, strategies, and techniques
Crisis Management & Rapid Response:
- Establish effective rapid response processes to ensure meaningful participation in discussion of national and regional events
- Work closely with the Office of the President and Leadership Team to manage events having a significant institutional impact, including crafting response strategy, preparing talking points, and acting as a public spokesperson as necessary
Brand, Public Relations & Earned Media:
- Manage the brand of the Foundation, including maintaining style guide, ensuring consistency across all platforms, growing national awareness with identified audiences, and developing boilerplate language and templates
- Source earned media opportunities, including collaborating on content development with leadership, staff, and grantee-partners
- Guide preparation for major institutional events, including strategic announcements and leadership transition
- Generate innovative opportunities to amplify the Foundation’s influence and the impact of our grantee-partners
- Execute effective public campaigns that elevate and activate the mission and vision of the organization
Advancement Strategies & Events:
- Develop communication strategies to support and maximize fundraising goals
- Develop digital strategies and protocols to grow and retain audiences
- Produce copy and design for campaign and other outreach materials
- Collaborate across Advancement to support events, including theme development, design and production of event collateral, and promotion strategy
- Oversee design and distribution of retail and promotional merchandise
Internal Communications & Training:
- Ensure that staff has access to current information about ongoing external communications
- Provide communications training and coaching as needed with staff
- Support and review development of internal communications, including branded collateral, presentation templates and other materials
- Bachelor’s or graduate degree in English, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or other relevant field; alternatively 10 years or more of relevant post-secondary work experience will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree
- 10 years or more of experience developing and implementing communications strategies in complex nonprofit setting
- 5+ years management experience building strong, responsive teams
- Ability to align budget with strategic objectives, manage annual spend-down, and leverage resources, including consultants and vendors
- Superb writing, speaking, and relationship building skills
- Experience in building audience engagement and amplifying fundraising strategies
- High level of expertise; proficiency with current marketing and communications technologies, including multimedia, digital, social media, and multipurpose engagement (we currently use SALSA)
- Established professional network; list of relevant media contacts and strong network of relationships
- Knowledge of effective messaging strategies for intersectional social justice initiatives
- Demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting the lives of women and girls in the United States, especially women and girls of color
- Highly collaborative style; experience advancing cross-departmental strategies
- Entrepreneurial and creative; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
Institutional Values Alignment:
- Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision and to working with diverse communities toward women’s safety, health and economic justice
- Demonstrated commitment to, and accountability around actively living the Foundation’s values of integrity, trust and respect, interconnectedness, and social justice – throughout internal and external communications and relationships, work, and decision-making
- Ability to build collegial, productive relationships with team members, grantees, donors, peer funders, volunteers, and institutional partners, through the lens of our organizational values
The annual salary range for this position is $100,000 to $110,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. We also offer a generous and comprehensive range of benefits.
Applications should include your résumé and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications,and where you learned of the position. Please submit these materials to: email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To learn more about the Ms. Foundation for Women, please visit: www.forwomen.org.
The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socioeconomic status, marital or veteran status.