Location: Remote in the United States
Salary: $110,000 - $120,000 (more info below)
Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) is pleased to seek applications and nominations for the position of its first-ever Communications Director.
Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) is a thriving community of philanthropic partners focused on reproductive health, rights, and justice (RHRJ) in the United States and globally. This year marks FRE’s 23rd anniversary as the only Philanthropy-Serving Organization (PSO) solely dedicated to the RHRJ movement. For over 20 years, FRE has served as an organizing body for RHRJ funders to work in coordination, understand one another’s priorities, deepen their analysis of critical issues in RHRJ, mutually support one another, and practice aligned strategies. In 2018, FRE led a highly collaborative process involving staff, board, and members to develop its new long-term vision, which is to lead philanthropy and transform philanthropic culture to optimize resources for all people’s freedom over their sexual and reproductive lives. Through its efforts, FRE aims to advance reproductive equity and justice, centering racial and gender justice, within philanthropy. Learn more about FRE at www.wearefre.org.
THE CALL TO ACTION
Our global community is experiencing an undeniable crisis moment in which reproductive health, rights, and justice have been attacked, stripped away, and weakened in unimaginable ways on an international scale. To counter these forces and forge ahead, the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ) movement has continued to build its community, strategy, collective organizing, resources, and resilience. Philanthropy needs to meet this growing need, strengthening its support of the bold and strategic work of RHRJ movement leaders who are centering the communities most affected by systemic injustice. As the core RHRJ philanthropy-serving organization, FRE is poised to be a catalyst of this support.
Historically, FRE has not had a distinctly public identity but has been a prominently known organization within RHRJ and PSO spaces for decades. FRE is proud to serve as an integral piece in the fight for transformation and justice in this country and to continue to serve as a trusted resource for strengthening RHRJ grantmaking, providing valuable engagement and learning opportunities for its members, and actively organizing RHRJ philanthropy to prioritize intersectional issues within grantmaking.
With such transformative goals, FRE realizes this is a critical moment to leverage its visionary programming and take a greater leadership role to elevate the urgency for intersectional Reproductive, Racial, and Gender justice among philanthropy more broadly. To meet this demand, FRE is significantly building its communications and digital media infrastructure to strategically elevate reproductive health, rights, and justice issues. Now, FRE is well-primed for a more public-facing role that catalyzes all funders, including the broader world of philanthropy beyond RHRJ funders, to center intersectional RHRJ issues.
THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR’S ROLE
The Communications Director, in partnership with the Executive Director, FRE’s staff team, Board and FRE members, will lead and facilitate a collaborative process to develop and implement a communications strategy to advance thought leadership in philanthropy and foster support for intersectional reproductive equity and justice, centering racial and gender justice. While the communications strategy development process will identify priority goals and key audiences, FRE’s communications activities will be focused primarily on FRE’s members (RHRJ funders) and other philanthropic leaders, while lifting up bold strategies and key developments within the RHRJ movement. The Director will serve as the primary liaison to communications consultants to coordinate across the team. More specifically, the Communications Director will lead in the following areas:
Lead Collaborative Development of Communications Strategy & Plan
- In partnership with the Executive Director and a communications consulting firm, lead the collaborative development of a communications strategy that publicly defines FRE’s identity; centers reproductive, racial and gender justice; and drives aligned and critical resources to the RHRJ movement.
- Serve as the primary contact and liaison to communications firms and other consultants with technical expertise to support communication with and across the FRE team.
- Foster and facilitate a collaborative process to identify key goals, target audiences, messaging frameworks, proposed activities, and specific outcomes for the communications plan and underlying strategy.
- In partnership with a consulting firm and FRE’s leadership, develop key activities to implement the communications strategy.
Assess and Build Communications and Digital Media Infrastructure
- In partnership with the Executive Director and communications consultants, assess and grow FRE’s communications infrastructure, including its digital and social media platforms, to elevate FRE’s dynamic programming and content to its membership and philanthropic audiences.
- Lead a collaborative process to update FRE’s digital media platforms to uplift the dynamic strategies, analysis, and field developments that are regularly shared within FRE spaces to a larger audience.
- Liaise with a web designer and other consultants with relevant technical expertise to project manage a website redesign and launch.
- Re-envision FRE’s membership communications vehicles to ensure consistent, timely and strategic member-specific communications and updates.
Execute Communications Strategy
- Lead the collaborative implementation of FRE’s communications strategy to ensure effective and timely communications to key audiences and reinforce FRE’s leadership role in supporting philanthropy and the RHRJ movement.
- Develop content and implement key messaging in collaboration with program teams and the Executive Director.
- Manage process and workflow to ensure timely and effective external messages.
- Manage consultants and/or an additional team member as needed.
- Serve as a representative of FRE with partners and to key audiences.
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications below, the ideal candidate will have many of the following professional abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Commitment to pursuing reproductive health, rights, and justice in a way that centers racial and gender justice. Experience working in the field of RHRJ and advancing communications strategies that center the communities most affected by systemic injustice.
- Six or more years’ experience working in nonprofit or foundation communications, with demonstrated experience managing a strategic communications program that advances key social justice issues.
- Understanding of national philanthropic RHRJ landscape.
- Experience managing communications consultants towards milestones on projects.
- Experience setting and effectively implementing strategies for digital and social media tools.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills and demonstrated storytelling ability, with success developing persuasive advocacy messages and pieces to various audiences, ideally including philanthropy.
- Sound organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to manage and balance a wide range of projects and responsibilities.
- Comfortable working independently and collaborating extensively within the context of a small, dynamic team.
- Flexible and adaptable, with the ability to work within ambiguity and changing conditions and priorities.
- Passion, flexibility, and sense of humor necessary for critical mission-driven work in a dynamic and rapidly evolving field.
- Team player who fosters a collaborative environment and shared commitment to a broader vision and goals.
- Familiarity and exposure to earned media strategies and contacts.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The annual full-time salary range is $110,000 to $120,000 and offers a generous benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, generous paid time off, holiday schedule, and more.
This search is being supported by Callie Carroll of CLC Endeavors. Please send application materials to FRE-CD@clcendeavors.com. Applications should include a resume and cover letter that communicates your interest and qualifications for the role. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
Funders for Reproductive Equity values a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and LGBTQ+ individuals, to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit and hire with the understanding of systemic oppression and of the lived reality of people with marginalized identities. We also recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age. Candidates are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet all the criteria.