ABOUT THE DISABILITY RIGHTS FUND AND THE DISABILITY
RIGHTS ADVOCACY FUND
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a multimillion dollar
grantmaking collaboration between a diversity of donors and the
global disability rights community that resources organizations of
persons with disabilities (OPDs) to advocate for equal rights and
full participation in society. We currently work across Africa,
Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Disability Rights
Advocacy Fund (DRAF) is DRF’s sister organization, supporting
advocacy for legislative change. The Funds – which are based on a
participatory grantmaking model – annually make 150-200 grants,
mainly ranging from USD $5,000-$50,000 each, to OPDs to advance the
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD),
including in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) and Global Disability Summit 2018 (GDS18) commitments.
DRF/DRAF are in a time of significant growth and evolution. The
current pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of
ensuring that government actions globally are inclusive of persons
with disabilities. There is increased donor interest in disability
inclusion as well as in participatory grantmaking, both of which
have been core pillars of DRF/DRAF’s approach and are demonstrated
areas of strength. There is an active search for the organizations’
next Executive Director as the founder transitions out of position
at the end of 2021. This is an important moment to reinforce the
DRF/DRAF brand and position the organizations to communicate with
new audiences and significantly increase visibility.
In this definitional moment, this is the organizations’ first
hire of a director focused on communications. The Communications
Director will build out the DRF/DRAF communications strategy,
policies, tools, and - over time - team. This is a
position that requires someone who is both a big picture thinker
and a doer, who has significant expertise ranging from strategy to
crisis communications to digital media tools, and who brings a
broad network of media and public relations contacts that can be
expanded upon to raise awareness of DRF/DRAF.
The Communications Director will report to the Deputy Director.
The role entails experience with nonprofit communications policies,
strategy, and implementation; human rights communications; and
excellent relationship management. The Communications Director will
promote the use of disability rights and inclusive language
throughout DRF/DRAF and in the broader nonprofit and philanthropic
communities. The Communications Director will also work closely
with the Development team to enable the growth of new partnerships
and the engagement of new funders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
- Signicantly expand DRF/DRAF’s visibility by developing current
and new public relations and media relationships and contacts.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate DRF/DRAF’s annual
communications and public relations plan across the organizations’
discreet audiences that details the strategy, tactics, messages,
channels, outcomes, and measurements to achieve organizational
- Working closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors,
develop and implement a public relations strategy to increase brand
awareness to communities around the world through various events,
engagements, interview opportunities, and op-eds and public facing
- Lead the generation of content that engages various audience
- Build and maintain relationships with external communications
consultants, including strategists, designers, translators,
captioners, video editors, photographers, and copy editors.
- Serve as a member of the Strategic Management Team. With
Strategic Management Team input, decide to whom, where, and when to
- Collaborating closely with the Development team, raise
visibility of DRF/DRAF among foundation, bilateral, corporate, and
individual donors, including by leading the development of
DRF/DRAF’s annual report.
- Brainstorm, pitch, and secure proactive media opportunities,
op-ed placements, influencer meetings, and events through
traditional and digital channels.
- Develop templates and protocols for press releases, rapid
response/ crisis communications, and other digital media.
- Ensure accessible communications in everything the
- Lead on the use and promotion of disability rights language
across the organization and in the broader philanthropic
- Lead the development of communications guides and guidance,
including a revised style guide and social media guide.
- Develop, refine, and manage DRF/DRAF communications and other
policies and protocols (e.g., data and social media).
- Manage social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,
etc.), encouraging active participation across platforms, including
through oversight of individual country pages. Ensure Program Team
is trained to monitor country pages on a day-to-day basis.
- Lead the development of an annual social media content calendar
that includes promotion of internal milestones (e.g., grantmaking
rounds), promotion of DRF/DRAF work, external events (e.g., UN
days), holidays, etc.
- Manage an overhaul of the DRF and the DRAF websites with
external consultants to ensure clarity of brand and consistency;
calendar a process for ongoing updates to the websites.
- Lead the generation of collateral for conferences, meetings,
and events in collaboration with external communications
consultants and the Executive, Development, and Program Directors
and/or other staff, as relevant.
- Maintain accessible DRF/DRAF photo library.
- Ensure accessibility of all communications vehicles with the
Inclusion and Accessibility Development Manager and external
consultants, as warranted.
- Track and measure engagement across communications channels
over time, and utilize data to change course as needed.
- Lead recruitment for and supervise junior writer (to be
hired) on the drafting of Regional/Country Context Documents (based
on data and analysis provided by Program Officers), revised for
each grantmaking round and presented to the Grantmaking Committee
to inform DRF/DRAF grantmaking, among other documents.
- With Deputy Director and Talent and Culture Manager, consider
how and when to grow the Comms Team.
- Other duties, as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and people
management skills as well as a keen understanding of best practices
in communications and have a proven ability to meet objectives with
a record of accomplishment. The candidate will be a professional of
the highest integrity and will seek to bring out the best in the
members of the team and everyone involved in communications
activities. The successful candidate will possess extraordinary
communication skills and be an achievement-oriented professional
who also has a collegial, team-building style and a track record of
motivating staff to keep them engaged, energized, and focused on
results. The Communications Director will create a professional
work environment that rewards individual and collective success
while building confidence in the individual team members.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5-7 years’ experience
developing and implementing communications strategies that have had
a focus on human rights and international development
- Demonstrated media presence and network.
- An experienced writer who is able to translate complex ideas
and data into compelling communications materials about the
challenges and opportunities in addressing global human rights
(with preference for disability rights).
- Expertise in shaping and managing brands through a range of
digital media including websites, social media, and
- Range of comms experience from day-to-day tweets to Op-Ed
development, as well as crisis communications.
- Senior management experience. Commitment to work
collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, Board
members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other
- Ability to think strategically and build relationships with a
range of international partners and audiences.
- Strong planning and project management skills.
- A superb colleague with outstanding verbal and written
communications skills and a professional demeanor.
- Maturity and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying
force and to position communications discussions at both strategic
and tactical levels.
- An independent, confident self-starter who is also skilled at
working in a collaborative and inclusive environment; a willingness
to learn and challenge personal paradigms; good listening
- Detail-oriented while simultaneously able to understand and
promote a global view of the disability rights field and
- Capacity to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously,
while still meeting the priorities of the position.
- Ability to be nimble and pivot in response to
- Commitment to the human rights of persons with disabilities and
the organizational mission, and demonstrated understanding of
marginalized and intersectional identities.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations and
across countries working in an e-office environment.
- Knowledge of best practices in the field of international
development and human rights advocacy.
- Knowledge of the field of international disability rights and,
specifically, the CRPD. Experience in working with organizations of
persons with disabilities.
- Knowledge of international development and, specifically, the
Sustainable Development Goals.
- Experience working on remote teams is a plus.
- Experience in philanthropy and with philanthropic
- Preference will be given to an individual based in the U.S., in
particular Boston, the Northeast, or D.C.
- If not Boston-based, the candidate must have the ability to
work independently from a home location. Travel will be required to
DRF/DRAF’s Boston office on an as-needed basis. International and
other domestic travel may also be required, as safe and
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time position; salary will be commensurate with
experience. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
fair compensation. Because we work across the world and welcome
candidates of all abilities, with a wide range of experience and
skills, we find it is most productive to discuss compensation
expectations in the course of the interview process. DRF
offers an excellent benefits package including employer paid
medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees.
HOW TO APPLY
Roger Falcón, Deputy Director
(please, no phone calls)
Applications are due by November 15, 2021 and will be reviewed
on a rolling basis.