Senior Communications Officer

Position: 
Senior Communications Officer
Organization Name: 
Gill Foundation
Job Description: 

Founded in 1994, the Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. Since its inception, the Gill Foundation has invested $345 million toward the goal of creating an America in which all people are treated equally and respectfully. For more information, please visit www.gillfoundation.org.

Position

With an annual budget of approximately $15 million and a Denver-based team of 18 people, the Gill Foundation seeks a mission-driven, campaign-oriented, and metrics-minded Senior Communications Officer who will develop and manage a robust portfolio of communications projects and grants.

The ideal candidate will embody the following guiding principles of the foundation:

  • Tolerance for risk and willingness to engage unlikely allies.
  • Nimble, reacting quickly to new ideas, information, and events.
  • Innovative, eschewing a business-as-usual approach.
  • Iterative, learning quickly from mistakes and pivoting to new approaches.
  • Daring and creative, embracing failure as an opportunity to learn and improve.

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the Senior Communications Officer is a leader on both the communications and programs teams, identifying and acting on opportunities to shape the public narrative on LGBT issues and ensuring that cohesive and clever communications strategies are fully integrated into and across grants made by the foundation.

We’re looking for someone to provide a steady stream of smart and impactful communications ideas – leading research and messaging efforts, launching storytelling campaigns that move hearts and minds, and designing breakthrough projects that spark debate and build demand for equal treatment of LGBT people.

Expectations

  • Model the guiding principles of the Gill Foundation and contribute to a work culture driven by mission, creativity, risk-taking, and results.
  • Turn an idea into an action plan, be persistent, and iterate until we reach the desired outcome.
  • Develop and executive grant-making strategies that achieve measurable results.
  • Model an obsession with attention to detail, research and learning, and maintaining high-level subject matter expertise in both LGBT issues and communications best practices.
  • Thrive in a team-centered environment, setting high expectations for yourself and your colleagues, sharing responsibility in both successes and failures, and placing a premium on learning and continual improvement.
  • At the same time, exercise independent judgment and initiative to ensure the foundation’s mission is carried out, information flows quickly and effectively to the rest of the team, deadlines are met, and actions receive rigorous and honest evaluation.

Deliverables

Portfolio Management (70%)

  • Develop a portfolio of high-impact communications grants and pivotal relationships with influential partners in order to advance equality.
  • Rigorously monitor the issue, media, and policy landscapes to identify emerging opportunities for new communications investments and partnerships.
  • Advise grantees on communications strategies and tactics, and facilitate intra-movement opportunities for collaboration, learning, and reporting.
  • Work with program officers and grantees to launch paid, earned, and digital media initiatives to advance efforts to secure nationwide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.
  • Identify and fill research needs, which may include identifying and vetting research partners, overseeing research and message development, interrogating the data, and publicizing results.
  • Ensure grants are in keeping with guiding principles, include measurable outcomes, and are in full compliance with laws governing private foundations.

Institutional Communications and Team Support (20%)

  • Collaborate with program officers to develop and integrate communications strategies into the portfolios they manage, and ensure a unified approach to communications across the foundation’s grant-making.
  • Support the Vice President of Communications and Communications Manager in executing institutional communications strategies that enhance the foundation’s brand and reputation.
  • Provide real-time updates and communications support to the Donor Resources team to connect donors to the progress being made by grantees.
  • Draft and revise remarks and written pieces for senior leadership and board members.

Measurement and Reporting (10%)

  • Establish clear annual outcomes and metrics of success that measure the impact of the foundation’s communications investments.
  • Provide regular reports to senior leadership that evaluate grantees’ progress toward those outcomes and recommend any necessary pivots in strategy.
  • Compile and evaluate the efficacy of communications materials created with foundation support, including grantees’ communications plans, earned media coverage, and digital content.
  • Draft, review, and edit communications to the board of directors as needed.

Key Qualifications

  • Significant experience designing and managing complex communications, issue advocacy, political, and/or public education campaigns.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of earned, paid, and social media tactics.
  • Working knowledge or considerable interest in the philanthropic sector and nonpartisan, public education strategies and tactics.
  • Creative, outside-the-box thinker who can investigate and act quickly when information is limited or sudden opportunities arise.
  • Self-starter who is able to deliver against timelines, remain focused under pressure, and manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to defend or debate ideas without ego interfering.
  • Exemplifies personal and professional integrity and exercises tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.

COMPENSATION

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with strong leaders across the Gill Foundation and LGBT movement. The Gill Foundation offers competitive compensation packages including base salary and health, retirement, and vacation benefits.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Gill Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, military status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply

This position is based in Denver, CO. To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and applicant cover sheet to resumes@gillfoundation.org.