For 27 years, Public Allies has been a pioneer in developing and
deploying high-impact leaders (aka Allies) from marginalized
communities, they've shaped culture, changed policy, and
transformed communities across the country. As an original
AmeriCorps program, our apprenticeships have helped thousands of
young adults,discover, develop, and leverage their leadership
potential, and learn how to apply creative problem-solving skills
to systemic challenges. Combating social injustice is core to who
we are. To do so, Public Allies activates a national network of
local leaders to dismantle systemic racism and ensure the future is
designed by and for everyone. Our signature AmeriCorps program
operates in 24 cities across the country. Annually, 600 young
adults graduate from the program, with over 75% continuing careers
in community and public service. There are more than 8,000 alumni
of the program across the country.
Insights and Communications is a new department within Public
Allies responsible for the overall learning and sharing of insights
from the decades-long implementation of our core apprenticeship
program to improve organizational effectiveness and accelerate the
advancement of our mission overall. The group will serve both
internal and external audiences, as it builds out an innovation and
organizational learning infrastructure and oversees all strategic
communications for Public Allies. Ultimately, beyond strengthening
the effectiveness and sustainability of our current programmatic
efforts, this group will help with the generation and public
distribution of insights to advance our mission.
The head of the group is an executive-level role reporting to
the COO and working in close coordination with the CEO. This is a
crucial position that requires a senior and experienced leader with
proven skills in branding, storytelling, organizational learning,
insights generation, and strategic thinking. The incumbent
must also have a track record and demonstrated facility of leading
and communicating on issues related to racial and social justice.
Joining our team during an exciting time of evolution, the VP will
have the opportunity to thoughtfully and directly guide the build
out of Public Allies’ insights and communications efforts,
eventually overseeing a team of researchers, analysts, and
Communications and Network Engagement
- Oversee all communications efforts to advance Public Allies’
brand as a strong voice and trusted platform, boldly advocating for
equity in the remaking of the country and helping to rewrite the
narrative of what leadership in America looks like.
- Develop and execute high-impact, creative ideas designed to
guide long-term organizational positioning and messaging.
- Build infrastructure and mechanisms to support improved regular
internal communications and engagement, feedback loops, and
communications across the Public Allies network as part of larger
change management and strategy implementation
- Manage a small communications and engagement team (both staff
and consultants) to execute communication and engagement strategy
across all platforms, internally and externally.
- Build on branding platform to develop marketing strategy,
collateral and templates (fundraising decks, one-page overviews,
recruitment pitch materials, stories of impact etc.) and other
storytelling, tools, resources, and content responsive to the needs
of internal and external audiences.
- Work in close partnership with the Development team to support
improved regular communications and brand recognition among
existing and potential funders.
- Drive efforts to ensure voices of, and storytelling by, those
traditionally marginalized are elevated in Public Allies’
communications and the national dialogue more broadly.
Insights and Innovation
- Develop a learning agenda that surfaces the most distinct
insights from Public Allies’ work that most add value to the
network and broader field/sector knowledge
- Deepen the culture of organizational and network learning,
continuous improvement, and accountability, including building
staff capacity and establishing processes for regular sharing,
reflection on performance measures and lessons learned. Support the
synthesis of that learning to produce key tools, resources, and
insights for broader distribution.
- Work closely with the Executive Leadership Team to amplify the
impact of Public Allies’ programs through insights, storytelling,
- Establish and oversee a research function within Public Allies
to coordinate and manage, directly or indirectly, all research and
evaluation efforts throughout the organization.
- Explore strategic partnerships with distinguished research
institutions with whom Public Allies can collaborate to design and
publish actionable studies that accelerate the development and
greater inclusion of talent of color and/or communities of color,
- Work with CEO and COO to establish organization-wide innovation
priorities and help build an innovation culture within Public
- Oversee development of a simple knowledge management system for
our innovation metrics and insights
The Vice President of Insights and Communications will have a
proven record of leadership and measurable accomplishment,
including demonstrated success in building lasting relationships,
elevating organizational learning, driving strategic
communications, and a passion for the mission of Public Allies. The
ideal candidate will possess the following abilities, attributes
- Committed to racial and economic justice and can speak
concretely and passionately about why you do this work.
- Committed to lead through a values-based framework aligned with
- Sophisticated leadership skills and presence developed through
at least 8-10 years of progressive management experience,
preferably in a mission-driven organization that is scaling
regionally and/or nationally.
- A record of success building new or evolving communications
teams and departments to meet the needs of a dynamic organization,
including demonstrated ability to adapt to changing
- contexts and, when needed, take on more tactical activities as
well as strategic leadership responsibilities.
- Significant experience with developing storytelling, research,
and thought leadership initiatives.
- A relationship builder and team player committed to both
internal and external collaboration and engagement and comfortable
in a feedback-driven culture.
- Excellent writing, editing, content development and
- Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative leader with a
commitment to continuous learning and improvement.
- Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and
operationalized organizational learning, measurement frameworks,
and/or innovation strategies that have deepened impact and taken an
organization to the next stage of growth and excellence. Knowledge
of and experience with lean startup, design thinking, and/or RBA
processes/methodologies a plus.
- Demonstrated success navigating fast-paced, rapidly changing
environments; experience creating strategies, processes, and
infrastructure that can maintain consistency while being innovative
and flexible. Able to thrive within a dynamic, fast-moving and
highly interactive organization.
While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection
of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all
responsibilities, duties, efforts, requirements or expectations of
this position. Management reserves the right to revise or amend
this description to include or remove tasks as circumstances change
and the needs of PA so dictate.
Public Allies is a national organization and as such, the VP for
Insights and Communications, may be based anywhere in the
continental US. However, our preference would be a major
metropolitan area, such as New York City, The Bay Area, and Los
We offer a competitive salary, benefits and the chance to join
an innovative and dedicated team passionate about our mission. To
apply, please send a resume and cover letter indicating your
reasons for interest in the position.
Public Allies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer
committed to diversity and inclusion
in the workplace.