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Communications Associate (Remote)

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Other Fields
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Part Time
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About Coffective
Coffective is a Certified B Corporation that envisions a world where communities are empowered, connected, coordinated, and effective in improving the lives of all families. To make this vision a reality, we are on a mission to help state and local stakeholders effectively work, learn, and create together in order to improve maternal and child health outcomes, with a particular focus on marginalized communities most affected by structural barriers.

Coffective is seeking to build out a fund development team that will strategically support the engagement of sophisticated systems change funders. The team will be responsible for communicating Coffective’s strategic direction and plan for operationalization, and demonstrating Coffective’s commitment to and progress toward becoming a high-performance organization. This team will lead and execute a focused campaign to raise $13 million in new capital.

Objectives & Timeline

  • Build an effective fund development team.
  • Engage national systems change funders with aligned interests.
  • Secure $13 million in new capital to fund innovation bets.

Timeline to be determined with the fund development team.

Target Audience
Based on research, we’ve identified and created a database of national funders and changemakers whose interests are aligned with ours. We have conducted in-depth research on each target and are ready to discuss how a partnership with Coffective will move the needle regarding maternal and child health disparities. The database also includes key contacts that could serve as advisors and potential pathways for engaging partner funders.

Existing Fund Development Team

  • Founder & CEO
  • Chief of Clinical Strategy
  • Director of Public Health Initiatives
  • Operations Manager

New Roles Needed

  • Director of Advancement
  • Communications Associate

Additional Resources

  • Strategy White Paper (Draft): Articulates how Coffective and our national partners are currently addressing the challenges within maternal and child health, and looks at Coffective’s strategic direction for the next chapter of increasing impact with the help of philanthropic partners over the next 5-10 years. One of the responsibilities will be revisiting and strengthening this document.
    View Table of Contents:
  • Approach & Process: Outlines how Coffective helps state and local organizations coordinate when designing and implementing an effective initiative, informed by communities’ needs. View Approach: and View Process:
  • Initiatives: Offers a “nuts and bolts” look at how organizations across seven states have designed and implemented initiatives, including issues each state is working to address, the goals of their chosen focus area(s), and progress made so far. Learn more about Initiatives:
  • $15 Million Menu (In Development): Provides a high-level overview of the funding opportunities.
  • Development Database: Categorizes funder types based on areas of interest, and indicates opportunities for alignment with Coffective’s current work or vision for the future. Includes research on key contacts to inform outreach strategy (i.e. personal facts, values, and interests; gaps they see in social sector and/or philanthropy; and relevancy to Coffective).
  • Funder Network Map: Shows connection between organizations similar to Coffective and funders who have made past investments to those organizations. This map could be used to identify relationships and introduction pathways; craft pitches based on interests and past investments; and find opportunities for programmatic partnerships and shared learning.
  • Funder Outreach Talking Points: Previews all of Coffective’s concepts, work, vision, etc., and can be used modularly to initiate relevant conversations with potential funders.

Communications Associate

About the Role
We are seeking an energetic and thoughtful Communications Associate with deep expertise working collaboratively with philanthropists and social sector changemakers to amplify their impact. The Communications Associate will work closely with our CEO and fund development team to craft compelling, timely communication pieces that effectively engage systems change funders and advance Coffective’s strategic direction


  • Work with Director of Advancement to develop a strategic communication plan for engaging national funders and advancing Coffective’s vision.
  • Have a thorough understanding of Coffective’s vision, work, and strategic direction in order to create compelling, timely communication materials for funder engagement, such as newsletters, blog posts, quarterly updates, etc.
  • Enhance existing materials to ensure cohesive, effective messaging and package into targeted engagement pieces based on funder interests.
  • Work with Coffective’s clinical and public health initiative leads to develop new communication materials tailored to funders.
  • Prepare proposals by determining concept, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals.

Compensation is negotiable, and is dependent on years of experience and track record of successful funder engagement.

Hours & Place of Work
This is a remote, contractor role with an average of 5-15 hours per week.

About You
To be successful in this role, you should have…

  • Bachelor’s degree with 7+ years of experience in social sector or philanthropic communication.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills with ability to organize and present a logical, persuasive, and compelling case or narrative.
  • Understanding of and established relationships with sophisticated systems change funders interested in maternal and child health, systems change, and/or philanthropic effectiveness.
  • Proven track record of successful funder engagement, including grant writing experience.
  • Deep knowledge of philanthropic landscape and trends.
  • Experience in working with systems approach organizations to amplify their impact is a plus.
  • Proficiency using visual and data presentation software.

To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume/CV to Please include 3-5 writing samples, such as emails to secure meetings, grant proposals you led or did a substantial amount of writing on, letters of inquiry, etc.).

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