Communications Manager

Lever for Change emboldens donors and problem solvers to think big and leverage investments in bold, effective solutions to accelerate social change, including support for racial and gender equity, democracy, economic mobility, and climate change projects.

Lever for Change has developed an inclusive, equitable sourcing approach, and rigorous due diligence process to create large-scale open calls and other tailored funding opportunities for donors. The result is the Bold Solutions Network, a growing global network of highly rated organizations that are well-positioned to secure additional funding, amplify their impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has influenced more than $800 million in grants to date and provided support to more than 140 organizations. To learn more, visit www.leverforchange.org.

The Communications Manager provides a wide range of strategic support to the Lever for Change team and high-profile clients. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, hard-working professional to join a philanthropic start-up, and help grow the organization’s reputation, reach and impact.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver high-performance communications results in service of the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategies;
  • Collaborate with teams to support high-quality services to partners;
  • Implement strategic messaging and ensure consistent use throughout materials;
  • Implement tactics to engage and activate key audiences;
  • Create, edit, and publish excellent written products, including press releases, web and social media content, op-eds, talking points, briefings, and newsletters;
  • Develop internal materials, including memos, reports, materials, and presentations;
  • Create and manage media lists;
  • Build relationships with press, pitch stories, and respond to media inquiries.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with domestic and international press contacts;
  • Manage editorial calendar for Lever for Change social media platforms;
  • Work with designers and other vendors to support the creation of high-level marketing communications materials, including videos and publications;
  • Manage daily relationships with marketing and communications service providers.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Keep abreast of current events, as well as developments and issues in the fields of communications and philanthropy;
  • Write extensively for internal purposes;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in strategic communications, preferably for social impact;
  • Experience working with the nonprofit sector and understanding of philanthropy’s role desired;
  • Exceptional communications skills, both written and verbal;
  • Significant experience writing and talking about social impact;
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort building relationships with reporters and editors, and successfully promoting content with the media to achieve high-impact placements;
  • Effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Positive “can-do” attitude and a willingness to do what is necessary to get the job done;
  • Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Able to take initiative and work proactively;
  • Trustworthy, diplomatic, and respectful; committed to excellence, with a collaborative workstyle;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice issues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or equivalent;
  • Strategic, creative thinker who can work under time pressure with competing priorities.

This position can be based anywhere in the United States but will require at least one annual visit to LFC’s main office in Chicago. The position will be fully remote until at least May 31, 2022.

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