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Program Officer- Communications & Development

Children's Rights Innovation Fund
Maryland, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 15, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Other Programs
Advocacy, Arts, Community Development, Technology, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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CRIF seeks a dynamic, flexible and collaborative Program Officer- Communications & Development (PO-C&D), comfortable working remotely for a startup organization.  The Program Officer- Communications & Development (PO-C&D) will work with the Executive Director and the staff to build and deepen CRIF’s communications and fundraising strategy in alignment with CRIF’s mission, purpose, and values.  Specifically, they will work to enhance CRIF’s profile and influence in philanthropic and children’s rights sectors, as well as its outreach and engagement of children and youth activists globally.


About CRIF

The Children’s Rights Innovation Fund supports efforts to reinvigorate and transform the global children’s rights field by putting justice at the center.  As a dynamic funder learning community, we promote learning, innovation, and collaboration to address the deepest root causes of children’s vulnerability and well-being—and drive new investments in the power of youth activists, movements, and their allies. Together we will expand our collective imagination, experiment with new possibilities, and share what we are learning, all in service of a more just world for every child.


Beginning with a focus on racism, anti-Blackness, colonialism, and neo-colonialism, CRIF will grow and expand in collaboration with our partners to address additional root causes, including deep-seated adultism, that prevent millions of the most marginalized children from realizing their rights all around the world.


In a global moment that demands new courage and action, CRIF is an open invitation for funders to listen deeply to youth activists and allies, invest in their leadership and power, and deliver new resources and momentum toward lasting, systemic change.


Read more: “Children’s Rights Work Often Fails to Address Racism and other Root Causes. A New Fund Aims to Change That.”


About the Ideal Candidate

The PO-C&D will have a passion for CRIF’s mission and be excited by the prospect of sharing CRIF’s message externally.  They will have a demonstrated ability to manage non-profit and philanthropy-focused communications, and they will also have a passion  for youth organizing and a commitment to advance youth-driven solutions to the challenges they face.  They will feel comfortable collaborating with the Executive Director to execute CRIF fundraising and development strategy.  



Communications (65%)

    Develop and implement a comprehensive  organizational branding and communications plan that aligns with CRIF’s  mission, purpose, values, and goals across key stakeholder audiences Translate data and learning into stories that can shift narratives in the philanthropic and children’s rights sectors Collaborate with CRIF’s Youth Collaborative and Constituency to develop youth-centered, youth-led, and youth-focused communications strategies and tools Ideate, develop, and generate communications and digital media content that advance CRIF’s mission, values, and purpose, and can be adapted to various platforms (social media, newsletters, website, podcasts, presentations, videos).  Manage consultants in support of CRIF’s communications and digital media content  . Advance social media strategies that make best use of current and emerging platforms to reach specific audiences, including funders and youth Draft editorial and communications-related materials on behalf of the of the Executive Director; Develop plans to publicize CRIF events and gatherings, advocacy reports, outreach and fundraising activities;


Development (35%)

    Cultivate and monitor all relationships that advance CRIF’s fundraising and advocacy work; Collaborate with Executive Director to create a fund development plan to support the strategic direction of the organization; Execute grant and report writing and coordinate calendar of grant reporting deadlines, meetings, and other grant related activities; Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure development deadlines are met; Other duties as assigned


    B.A./B.S. with at least three years’ experience working in communications capacity in philanthropy, feminist social movement, youth development  or children’s rights spaces  Experience in communications for nonprofit and/or philanthropic organizations preferred.   Strong proficiency with design and layout software platforms and high degree of comfort with applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MailChimp, G-Suite,  Asana, Trello and databases Exceptional written and verbal communication, and skilled in translating complicated topics into accessible, compelling, story-driven narratives Experience working and collaborating with youth, and a shared commitment to their leadership Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills and keen attention to detail Demonstrated understanding of how race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, and age shape experiences with power and access to opportunity Demonstrated ability to be a productive in a remote environment, work through ambiguity, and to contribute positively to an evolving work culture 


Work Environment

This is a remote position. 


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical demands include continual sitting, typing, and repetitive computer use for 8 hours a day. Also, requires frequently communicating with others including hearing and speaking clearly with individuals and groups.



Tides Center acts as the fiscal sponsor of The Children’s Rights Innovation Fund and all employees are legally employees of Tides Center


Tides offers a competitive benefits package. A sample of these benefits includes:

    12 paid holidays per year. Employees accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and 2 weeks of paid sick leave each year. Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance coverage. This includes two medical plans, one of which is employer-funded and includes a health savings account with monthly employer contributions. 401K plan with up to 5% match and immediate vesting. Life insurance coverage at 2x salary.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage, and will consider for employment, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application. 


To Apply

Email  a resume and cover letter with the subject line  “CRIF PO-Comms” to by June 10, 2022 (position will remain open until filled).

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