Director of Communications | Foundation for a Just Society

Position: 
Director of Communications
Location: 
New York, NY
Organization Name: 
Foundation for a Just Society

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) envisions a world where all people are equally valued and lead self-determined lives. FJS advances the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people and promotes gender and racial justice by ensuring those most affected by injustice have the resources they need to cultivate the leadership and solutions that transform our world.

FJS make grants to local, national, regional, and global organizations and networks with an emphasis on Francophone West Africa, Mesoamerica, South and Southeast Asia, and the US Southeast. FJS supports efforts that advance long-term, structural change and meet immediate needs that enable women, girls, and LGBTQI people most affected by injustice to be leaders, strategists, and agents of change. 

POSITION SUMMARY

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.
  • Present the foundation’s communications work to the Board of Directors; produce updates on emerging trends and opportunities.
  • Participate in meetings, convenings, and working groups to maintain knowledge of current and emerging trends in communications, movements, and journalism and build effective collaborations and alliances with peers and other stakeholders to advance FJS’s philanthropic advocacy priorities.
  • Directly supervise communications staff (communications officer and future communications associate) and consultants; lead onboarding and professional development of communications staff.
  • Develop budgets and work plans and monitor progress.
  • Participate in FJS’s management team.

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.
  • Manage communications grants that are not included in regional portfolios (e.g., donor collaboratives).
  • Develop in-depth knowledge and strategic analysis of the communications elements of the foundation’s regional and global grantmaking.
  • Assist with the development of communications goals, indicators, and mechanisms for data collection and analysis within the learning, monitoring, and evaluation process.

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).
  • Collaborate with communications team to recruit and manage relationships with outside consultants and vendors that support communications activities — including digital communications manager, writers, editors, researchers, designers, translators, transcribers, photographers, videographers, media relations, and web developers — to ensure results are achieved on time and on budget.
  • Contribute to operational needs pertaining to communications, including policy development and implementation, risk management, and staff training.

Perform any other related duties or tasks as assigned. 

How to Apply

Please use the following link to apply: https://chaloner.com/searches/#!/878657a6-e0c7-4806-8688-95b4adebe675/detail