Eleanor Crook Foundation - Associate Director of Communications


Washington, DC, USA Remote

Full time

$125-140k (annually)

Marketing, Communications + Public Relations

Mar 11

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Associate Director of Communications 

The Associate Director of Communications will work across the Eleanor Crook Foundation’s program teams to develop and implement a world-class strategy to drive attention, awareness, and action on the issue of global malnutrition. This will include developing effective communications regarding all of the Foundation’s efforts and priorities–across research, policy, and advocacy. In addition, this will require that the Associate Director develop and implement a strategy to elevate ECF’s brand and identity across the global health and development communities. The Associate Director will be expected to play an integral, leading role in telling the story of the Foundation’s work, and the work of the malnutrition sector writ large. To deliver on these responsibilities, the Associate Director of Communications will lead a broad range of corporate communications, media relations, and digital strategy activities for the Foundation.

The Associate Director will have the resources and expertise to bring global communications about global malnutrition to a new level. This will include planning and executing exciting new campaigns and stunts to raise awareness, regular media outreach, developing crisp and compelling talking points and briefers, drafting content for celebrities and congressional champions (e.g. op-eds and sign-on letters), and forging new public partnerships with influential individuals and brands. Reporting to the Advocacy & Communications Director and working alongside the broader ECF team and partnership network, the Associate Director will develop a steady stream of new and compelling communications material –from high profile stunts on Capitol Hill to compelling technical content about advances in research and programming. The Associate Director will also directly support ECF’s CEO with speech writing, op-eds, and media engagement. Creativity and enthusiasm will be key. 

This is a unique opportunity to shape and execute a comprehensive communications strategy, exhibit significant leadership, think creatively and without bureaucratic constraints, and have a major impact on one of the great but solvable global challenges of our day. The ideal applicant will be a flexible problem-solver who wants to help positively shape the Eleanor Crook Foundation and drive progress in the fight against global malnutrition. The successful candidate will be highly strategic, and a skilled writer and communicator with an unrelenting desire to dream up big ideas and new messages that will drive major global action on the malnutrition crisis. They will pride themselves on rigor and attention to detail but be willing and able to move quickly and nimbly. A “sick-of-business-as-usual” attitude is required. 

An experienced professional who is a skilled self-motivator, would benefit from flexible work policies, and wants to have a meaningful impact on global health will thrive. The ideal applicant will be based in, or have ready access to, Washington DC. 

About The Eleanor Crook Foundation

The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) was founded in 1997 with a single goal: to eradicate global malnutrition. We are a leading funder in the fight against malnutrition, but our role extends far beyond grantmaking to be a guide and model for our sector. ECF supports targeted advocacy to raise awareness and spur action, thoughtful policy analysis to assess the current landscape and propose audacious new solutions to global malnutrition, and rigorous research to test and scale up cost-effective interventions.

ECF is an active investor and our team of experts prides itself on being accountable and informed. We are a team of conveners, innovators, and problem-solvers, seeking to upend the status quo by identifying roadblocks to progress and brokering solutions. In 2017, the Foundation pledged $100 million towards the elimination of global malnutrition. Our growing endowment will allow us to keep fighting to end malnutrition for as long as it takes.


Develop Compelling new Content and Campaigns about Malnutrition 

  • Brainstorm and develop a steady stream of creative and compelling multimedia communications content to reach a range of target audiences. 
  • Regularly draft public-facing briefing materials, op-eds, and sign-on letters. 
  • Working with the Advocacy & Communications Director, oversee ECF’s communications budget and grantmaking.
  • Work closely with ECF’s Communications team, including the Corporate Communications Officer and Partnerships and Campaign Officer to develop supporting campaign materials, and garner social and media attention. 
  • Support the hard-hitting advocacy efforts of the ECF team and partners, including efforts to educate and influence government policymakers in the US and the UK, and to engage new philanthropic donors. 
  • Plan new stunts and campaigns.
  • Support ECF’s partnerships strategy, including by supporting the Partnerships and Campaigns Officer to build new partnerships with public figures and respected brands. 
  • Manage ECF’s communications team. 
  • Manage ECF’s communications consultants, PR firms, and communications-focused grants. 
  • Regularly develop new and more compelling talking points, angles, frames, and voices that will make malnutrition more resonant. 
  • Cultivate relationships with reporters and better integrate malnutrition into the issue attention cycle in target markets. 
  • Travel to the field and help amplify the voices of those working on the front lines, and those suffering from malnutrition. 
  • Support ECF’s growing advocacy efforts to reach policymakers in target high burden countries. 
  • Maintain records of media coverage and collate analytics and metrics.
  • Plan and execute occasional major events, with the support of the broader ECF communications and advocacy team. 

Oversee Communications Specific to the Eleanor Crook Foundation 

  • In collaboration with ECF’s Advocacy & Communications Director, and working across the foundation team, implement and build upon the ECF communications strategy and editorial calendar based on a masterful understanding of our target audience.
  • Support ECF’s CEO with speech writing and op-ed drafts. 
  • In collaboration with the Corporate Communications Officer, oversee ECF’s website strategy. 
  • Respond to media inquiries, arrange interviews, and, where appropriate, act as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Manage ECF’s social strategy including development and management of ECF social channels, and relevant consultants. 
  • Seek opportunities to enhance the reputation of the Foundation, and coordinate publicity for events and partnerships as required.
  • Write, edit, and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates ECF's activities, in collaboration with ECF’s Communications Associate. 

Required Qualifications, Skills & Attributes:

  • Minimum of 8 - 10 years of relevant experience in communications roles. 
  • Mastery of written communications is essential, including in drafting blogs, op-eds, factsheets, infographics, and speeches; 
  • Ability to think creatively and execute swiftly. 
  • Experience developing and maintaining an editorial and content calendar, sourcing and managing input across various internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Media relations experience including pitching, managing relationships with reporters, setting up and staffing interviews for executives, and activating media partnerships. Ability to tap into existing media relationships is a plus.
  • Ability to manage employees and consultants 
  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of US and internationally-based partners and staff;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize, set expectations, and manage up;
  • Able to adeptly manage multiple workstreams, competing priorities and deadlines;
  • Excellent writer
  • Socially perceptive 
  • Self-starter 
  • Intellectually curious 
  • Highly collaborative 
  • Strategic thinker 
  • Passionate  

The salary range for this position is $125,000-$140,000. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter along with a short writing sample. 

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