Associate Director, Communications

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation. 


The Associate Director of Communications oversees day-to-day coordination and execution of a wide range of internal and external communications efforts that help advance needed social and environmental change, supporting both Arabella’s communications strategy and the communications goals of its clients.

The ideal candidate excels at complex stakeholder engagement, project management, message creation, media relations, and client service. This position requires effective cross-functional collaboration, excellent oral and written communication, strong copy-editing and organizational skills, and a drive for successful outcomes in advancing social change work. 

Essential Responsibilities:

Oversee and manage existing communications on behalf of Arabella’s clients, ensuring appropriate messages are conveyed, a consistent and compelling voice is presented, and messages contribute to developing and advancing the client’s brand and communications goals. Lead vision and strategy development for these vehicles, including implementing and identifying new vehicles, methods, and opportunities for communications.

Manage ad hoc communications on behalf of Arabella’s nonprofit clients, collaborating with stakeholders across multiple teams. Gather input for crafting messages and coordinate feedback and review processes.

Support development and management of contact lists for communications.

Develop and track metrics to evaluate the success and impact of communications. 

Oversee communications calendar, ensuring regular contact and messages with range of audiences, and provide updates on calendar and plans to clients.

Contribute to a variety of media relations efforts, including tracking news media, coordinating multi-stakeholder responses, and drafting content for use by senior leaders or for distribution to nonprofit clients.

Contribute to crisis communications efforts of both nonprofit clients and the firm.

Support creation of guides, resources, and trainings focused on communications.

Lead periodic briefings for internal teams about marketing and communication efforts.

Other projects as necessary.

To Be Successful in This Role, You’ll Need:

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field

At least five years’ experience with steadily increasing responsibility in communications for a business or nonprofit organization with a social change mission

Proactive, well-organized, and able to lead multiple efforts simultaneously.

Strong upward management skills to drive process and compliance

Demonstrated ability to manage projects and processes from start to finish, including ongoing analysis of impact and results.

Ability to strategize as well as execute communications plans

Experience with media outreach and analysis tools such as Talkwalker, Cision, or Meltwater

Experience with MailChimp, SharePoint, and Salesforce are a plus

Ability to develop relationships across offices, teams, and all levels, including executives and external partners

Excellent writing, editing, and speaking skills

Passion to support growing social change organizations


Click here for more information or to apply. Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-09-20 09:46:47 -0400