Title: Director of Marketing and Communications, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt
Timeline: July 1
Location: Flexible

The Organization
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is an exciting venture that is changing the face of emergency-related grantmaking, moving it from a reactive and emotion-driven response, to one focused on increasing the effectiveness of the private donor’s dollar for the good of affected communities worldwide. By providing donors with the tools they need to make decisions to support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, CDP brings more private philanthropic money to disaster response efforts and channels those funds in an innovative and strategic manner. CDP offers three distinct services to donors: 1) Promotion of learning and information through a website and interactive portal, webinars and convenings; 2) mechanisms for pooling resources with a unique preparedness, risk reduction and recovery focus; and 3) custom consulting services to help donors be more strategic in their giving.

The Opportunity
The Director of Marketing & Communications is charged with increasing the scope, quality, and engagement of CDP’s constituent base by developing and directing integrated communications, content, media, and marketing strategies. The Director leads and monitors the success of all marketing and communications efforts including websites, social media, newsletters and emails, events, media relations, content development, and signature project campaigns.

The Director reports to the President/CEO, directs the Digital Marketing Manager, and works closely with CDP leadership to develop comprehensive marketing, communications, and content strategies and recommend external relations activities that drive media, stakeholder, and constituent outreach.

The Director will set and guide the strategy for proactively leveraging CDP’s expertise and content in order to cultivate and/or steward internal and external constituents. The Director supervises the Digital Marketing Manager’s implementation of marketing, content, and signature project campaigns. Comprehensive initiatives will integrate partner content promotions, social share efforts, media pitches, internal stakeholder engagement, and targeted email campaigns. The Director provides content guidance to CDP staff and key stakeholders by establishing, sharing, and administering content, style, media relations policies, and web standards.


  • Develop and direct marketing, communications, content, and media and external relations activities to fulfill strategic organizational objectives
  • Develop and oversee proactive digital campaigns to leverage and grow constituent database
  • Manage and mentor Digital Marketing Manager
  • Determine relevant metrics and monitor progress
  • Assign and edit all content
  • Occasionally write content for the website on timely activities and issues
  • Oversee the development and design of content deliverables
  • Maintain consistent branding—look, feel, tone—throughout all content channels (web, social media, deliverables (PDFs), letters, emails, newsletters, etc)
  • Manage all media interactions and field press inquiries
  • Develop and manage media relations plans, story pitches, and policies
  • Develop and activate user feedback and outreach tools including surveys, polls, interviews
  • Keep current with emerging marketing, content, and communications trends and strategies
  • Manage website and marketing/design vendors
  • Research and recommend effective collaboration and communications tools and processes
  • Participate in weekly team meetings on staff activities, content strategies, and special events
  • Be willing to roll up your sleeves in times of crisis

Required Skills

  • Progressive leadership experience in the fields of marketing & communications, philanthropy, nonprofits or foundations (10+ years preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • Staff management experience (5+ years preferred)
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS and experience with content and constituent management systems (WordPress, Salesforce, Hatchbuck, Constant Contact, Drupal, Convio, Kintera, etc.)
  • Ability to research and lead CDP in defining and implementing new technologies and objectives
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Demonstrated ability to structure large amounts of information for web publication that is clear and easy to understand
  • Proven ability to build consensus and work effectively within a geographically distributed team
  • High level of confidence, integrity, and professional executive presence for interacting with key stakeholders, internal and external
  • Mission-driven with a strong interest in the humanitarian assistance field
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills

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Hiring Statement
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.