About Ploughshares Fund
Ploughshares Fund is a global security foundation that seeks to reduce nuclear threats and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons. We believe everyone has the right to a safe and secure future. In order to fundamentally transform nuclear policy, we seek to strengthen the nuclear field with new voices and diverse perspectives; motivate the public and build power with allies; stimulate new approaches and challenge status quo thinking; and catalyze inclusion within the nuclear field and our organization through Equity Rises.
Equity Rises aims to increase equity and justice in nuclear policies and institutions by empowering diverse voices, cultivating inclusive spaces (across identity, sector, and geography), and collaborating with new partners both inside and outside the nuclear field.
Ploughshares Fund is a public foundation that relies on the generous support of individuals, families and foundations.
The Director of Communications and Marketing reports directly to the Managing Director, is part of the senior leadership team, and is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that supports our organizational goals. The Director has direct management responsibility for the communications team, including a Communications and Marketing Manager and a Communications and Marketing Specialist. This position is highly strategic with some tactical activities.
In this job you will:
Communications Strategy and Messaging (50%)
• Design, implement, evaluate and adapt a comprehensive communications strategy that supports the organizational goals.
• Define, position, differentiate and build a strong Ploughshares Fund brand.
• Advise the President and other staff on when and how to respond to media inquiries and global events as they relate to Ploughshares Fund.
• Collaborate with senior leadership to create messaging guidelines, talking points and communications plans in response to external and internal events, and consistent with field-wide messaging as developed by and for grantees and consultants.
• Develop and maintain crisis communications plans, including advising leadership on messaging and leading the communications response to crises.
• Create and implement a media strategy, including the management of media relationships, pitching and placement of organizational spokespeople, specifically the president and other expert staff.
• Work closely with the Development Department to design, implement, and evaluate annual communications strategies to increase the organization’s reach, engagement and conversion of donors.
• Serve as staff liaison to engage the thought leadership of the Board Communications Committee.
Marketing and Content Creation (30%)
• Lead all digital engagement and social media strategies to increase the visibility of the organization and expand our reach and influence.
• Lead the creation and design of content for the website, annual report, email marketing, development collateral, press releases and other pieces as needed.
• Identify and implement promotional opportunities to maximize public visibility of the organization.
• Oversee the weekly production of Press the Button, Ploughshares Fund weekly podcast as well as the strategic direction of the podcast as it relates to our organizational goals.
Management and Operations (10%)
• Manage the annual communications budget.
• Ensure DEIA goals are met for the Communications Department and support meeting organizational goals.
• Manage a team of two communications staff, identifying opportunities for team members to build skills and knowledge that contribute to their successful performance and professional growth.
Program Support (10%)
• Advise the Program Department on media, communications and popular culture related to grants and initiatives as needed.
• Build relationships with grantees and other external partners that support field wide communications-related initiatives.
To do this job, you will need to have the following skills. We understand that candidates may not initially have all of these skills, but we ask that you have most of them when you apply.
• Design, implement, evaluate and adjust a strategic communications plan that aligns with organizational strategy and is responsive to external events.
• Define and build an organizational brand and key messaging.
• Use social media and other new platforms to engage new audiences (donors, policy makers, media, etc.) and gain new donors.
• Manage complex projects that focus on collaboration, delegation of tasks to multiple parties, and attention to timelines and budgets.
• Work collaboratively across departments, with Board members, and community partners to develop communications strategies and key messaging.
• Communicate through writing and speaking or signing in a way that is comprehensive and accurate, as well as tonally appropriate for and easily understood by internal and external audiences.
• Manage a team, including providing direction, delegating, ensuring responsibilities are met, and building their skills.
• Cultivate a network of media and journalist contacts.
• Expand knowledge about the nuclear field and the field of philanthropy.
We require all of our staff to have the following skills, drawn from our organizational values of cooperation, adaptability, understanding and our commitment to Equity Rises:
• Generate new ideas with other staff members by cultivating curiosity.
• Build trust by forgiving others’ mistakes and taking responsibility for their own.
• Communicate needs around tasks, priorities and deadlines clearly to colleagues.
• Adjust their workflow (pace, topic, relationships) to respond to immediate challenges.
• Learn from and respond to others through active listening.
• Ensure their own work derives from the organization’s mission and goals (for example, in strategies and workplans).
• Reflect on and address power (personal and organizational) when communicating and making decisions.
• Help set and achieve departmental and organizational DEIA goals.
For this position we require that you have the following experience:
• 7 or more years of relevant work experience: building and implementing a strategic communications plan and working with media databases, web management platforms, e-mail marketing programs, and industry standard copyediting tools.
• 3 or more years managing a team.
• 3 or more years overseeing a key function of an organization
• Ability to work at a computer for the majority of the day.
• Some travel is required.
• May be required to work weekends, nights, or be on-call during emergency situations.
Compensation and Benefits
FLSA Designation: Exempt
This is a full-time position, based in either Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA. Ploughshares Fund allows for some remote work flexibility regarding both location and scheduling. For example, in person meetings may be required for collaboration and onboarding, with remote flexibility allowed for independent project work.
This is a Director A level position which has a set salary range between $106,800 and $160,200. The maximum starting salary will be the midpoint, $133,500, and depend on your skills as stated above. Ploughshares Fund offers a full range of benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, a retirement matching plan, paid sick leave and paid vacation time. Ploughshares Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please fill out the linked form to submit your application, along with a resume and cover letter that highlight how you meet the required skills and experience noted above. Applications are due by August 8, 2022. July 29, 2022. Please do not contact us by phone. To learn more about Ploughshares Fund, please visit ploughshares.org.