The Associate Director, Communications holds the responsibility for the regional offices communications strategy and serves as an integral senior member of the Communications team in New York alongside another Associate Director. The two associate directors divide responsibility for key issue areas between them. The AD serves as the main point person in New York for the Foundation’s international presence.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Plans and implements communications campaigns with particular focus on raising the Foundation’s international presence and media.
- Coordinates with knowledge management, speechwriting and social media teams to ensure multi-platform approach.
- Works with VPGC and Senior Speechwriter to develop messaging.
- Provides communications support and counsel to foundation initiative teams.
- Provides communications support and counsel to grantees.
- Oversees the development, research and writing of briefings for communication’s events.
- Writes or assigns writing of press releases, talking points, blog posts and other material.
- Staffs or assigns staffing for media interviews and events.
- Supervises the two Communications Officers, one in each Regional Office (Bangkok and Nairobi)
- Coordinates media training where needed.
Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning. Strong sense for messaging, themes and techniques that resonate with the media in general and bloggers and social media focused reporters, in particular.
Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task. Ability to manage contractors to ensure timely, high-quality work product.
Partnership and relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.
Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills.
Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.
Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening written and verbal skills.
CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS
Successful applicants will demonstrate:
- An action-oriented, entrepreneurial person who is a self-starter, and can work independently as well as in teams
- Exemplary communication skills
- Sound, mature judgment and integrity
- Commitment to the Rockefeller Foundation's mission and core values - effectiveness, equity, integrity, innovation and leadership
Education, Training and Experience
- A bachelor degree in Communications, International Studies or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- 7-10 years generalist communications experience for international organization working on communications internationally
- Proven track record in managing to complex plans and deadlines
- Superb inter-personal skills and professional presence
- A proven ability to think strategically, analyze critically, and to translate ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable programs and plans
- Experience and/or strong familiarity with non-profit and public sectors
- Ability to manage projects, consultancies and budgets
- Team leadership skills, such as flexibility, diplomacy and listening skills
- Highly organized, with ability to multi-task
The Rockefeller Foundation offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides a generous package of benefits.
Please send in confidence a resume to Machlowitz Consultants, Inc., a retained executive search firm. Email is strongly preferred. firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: AD Communications.
We regret it will not be possible to communicate with candidates except those who most closely match our client’s requirements.
The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.