The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP)
invites nominations and applications for a Senior Director of
Communications. In partnership with visionary
philanthropic families, NCFP activates and equips a diverse
community of philanthropic families to embrace a bold vision and
realize their greatest potential. Over the last two and a half
years, NCFP has refreshed its strategic direction to support
families to be more intentional, effective, and values-based in
their philanthropy. NCFP is in the second year of implementing a
new internal staffing structure and shifting operations to support
implementation of its strategic plan. As part of this shift, the
new Senior Director, Communications will create and oversee
communication strategies that further NCFP’s mission. Reporting
directly to NCFP’s President & CEO, the Senior Director is
responsible for working with leadership, the communications and
marketing team and across internal teams to build and implement a
communications strategy and related initiatives, ensuring that they
are impactful and measurable. They will manage a small team and
will help create a culture of trust and accountability, transparent
communication, and continuous improvement.
NCFP seeks an adaptable leader who will partner with NCFP’s
President & CEO, executive level leadership, and across the
organization to build out the next stage of communications and
related infrastructure to effectively share and elevate NCFP’s
mission and align with the evolving family philanthropy ecosystem.
The successful candidate will be a strong listener, communicator,
and storyteller who can articulate and amplify the potential and
impact that family philanthropists can have to bring about
The National Center for Family Philanthropy is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of NCFP to ensure equal
employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, age, disability, status, citizenship,
genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
NCFP prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.
The salary range for this position is $130,000 – 150,000 plus
benefits, which include flexible PTO; 11 holidays; 1-week July
office closure, 1-week December office closure, new parent leave;
100% employee premium paid for medical/dental/vision insurance and
generous dependent premium subsidies; 5% retirement contribution;
short and long-term disability and life insurance; and professional
NCFP is a network of philanthropic families committed to a world
that is vibrant, equitable, and resilient. We share proven
practices, work through common challenges, and learn together to
strengthen our ability to effect meaningful change. As we navigate
individual journeys of reflection and transformation, we see the
results of intentional, impactful giving.
We promote open inquiry and ongoing reflection to advance the
practice of family philanthropy, and we value the partnerships and
mutual respect that make it possible for families to discover their
purpose and possibilities.
NCFP offers a range of programs and services to foster learning
for philanthropic families. We understand family philanthropy has
many points of inflection—moments to embrace proven practices and
advance momentum or to stall out due to uncertainty and lack of
clarity. All of our programs are rooted in a Family Giving
Lifecycle that provides easy onramps for families to connect with
us—to begin planning, learning, and accessing custom support and
Our decades of experience working with philanthropic families
uniquely position us as a reliable partner who meets families where
they are and provides the support and services they need to move
forward with long-term planning and day-to-day decision making with
NCFP has adopted a new strategic
plan that calls for both an expansion in the number of families
served as well as a deepening of their engagement toward more
effective practices. The program model is shifting to prioritize
relationship cultivation and management creating more tailored
content. Community members will be more deeply engaged, resulting
in stronger outcomes for family giving and increased support
for NCFP’s business model. The Senior Director, Communications will
be joining a dynamic team focused on strengthening the internal
organization to best serve and support external partners and the
broader philanthropy sector.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE
NEW SENIOR DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS
The Senior Director, Communications will join an extraordinary
team of individuals and a thriving community of family
philanthropists committed to advancing the capacity of
mission-driven organizations to drive positive change in our
communities. The Senior Director will work across the organization,
ensuring communications strategy and initiatives are clear,
approachable, centered in equity, and representative of NCFP’s
work, mission, and evolving brand and voice in the sector. They
will apply a strong equity lens to all the work
across their portfolio. Responsibilities for the role will
Implement a Strong Communications Strategy, – Internally
and Externally – that Elevates Organizational Impact
The Senior Director, Communications will be a hands-on strategic
leader that will strengthen NCFP’s internal communication,
organizational brand, and heighten the visibility of NCFP’s work.
They will develop relationships to engage both new and established
stakeholders as NCFP works to shift the landscape of family
- Co-create and implement internal and external organizational
communication strategies that reflect NCFP’s vision and mission,
and that elevate and integrate the organization’s programs, issues,
and narratives into the public discourse to galvanize engagement
and promote education across the family philanthropy sector.
- A strong orientation to adaptive communication approaches that
are responsive to NCFP’s ever-evolving membership landscape and
that are prepared to safeguard NCFP’s brand during crisis or
- Cultivate relationships with media outlets and platforms,
family foundations, and philanthropy serving organizations that
will bring visibility to NCFP’s work and engage interested parties
around NCFP’s programming and mission.
- Stay on the cutting edge of trends, emerging gaps, and
opportunities to leverage programmatic impact and member
Strong People Leader Committed to Collaborative
The Senior Director, Communications will support the development
of, and provide day-to-day leadership to, a high impact team of
professionals. They will be responsible for articulating and
building a healthy, results-oriented team culture across NCFP’s
communications and marketing work and instill a collaborative
spirit that will become the hallmark of their work across the
organization. The Senior Director, Communications will be focused
on delivering results, reframing challenges as opportunities for
team and organizational growth. They will model NCFP’s values and
will translate a compelling vision into action. They will support
and build the leadership capacity of their direct reports and
ensure that they have the tools they need to be successful. They
will also manage up appropriately and bring peers and executive
leaders into the communications process at relevant stages.
- Ensure direct reports managing staff have the skills, tools,
support, input, and feedback they need to effectively lead high
- In partnership with the President and other senior leaders,
regularly review the organization’s external positioning to assess,
and when necessary, address NCFP’S standing amongst its peers and
the broader philanthropy space.
- Support recruiting, hiring, assessing, and supervising
communications and marketing professionals as the team might
- Supervise staff and lead teams during gaps in team leadership
positions, as needed.
Grow and Protect NCFP’s Organizational
The Senior Director, Communications must have a strong desire
and interest to work and develop communication and marketing
strategies that catalyze NCFP’s goals, brand, values, and strategic
plan. The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to NCFP’s vision
for the family philanthropy sector. Additionally, the Senior
Director, Communications will:
- Be prepared to represent NCFP at conferences, high-level
strategy meetings, retreats, philanthropic gatherings, etc.
- Identify, cultivate, and steward strategic relationships with
external partners in public relations, the media, funders, or other
spheres to further position NCFP as a leading resource for the
family philanthropy sector.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to
NCFP’s mission and the visionary evolution of the organization.
They will be eager to step in and help NCFP leverage the power of
its communications strategy. They will be a strong communicator,
organizational developer, and a successful people-developer
grounded in an asset-based approach.
While no one person will embody all the qualities below, the
ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and
personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Experience with and passion for family giving and/or family
philanthropy is essential.
- An entrepreneurial, hands-on, strategic leader who sets
reasonable goals and expectations balanced with empathy and
humility when building and maintaining relationships.
- Successful experience leading a multidisciplinary team and
working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and
ethnic backgrounds; willingness to set aside a personal agenda in
favor of organizational and/or community goals and objectives.
- Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening
skills, and the ability to use interpersonal and relational skills
in ways that facilitate strong collaboration with both internal and
- Demonstrated success in communications at a nonprofit
organization with experience in communications strategy and
communications management. Experience within a foundation or
philanthropy serving organization is a plus.
- Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication
skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and
present information and findings.
- Strong relationship building and communication skills with the
ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues
including strategic priorities.
- Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated
timeframes as well as demonstrated resourcefulness in setting
priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention
to detail with the ability to work both independently, take
initiative and contribute ideas for enhancing performance.
- Exemplary public communication skills and experience
participating in national and regional convenings as a panelist or
- An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, kindness, and
patience necessary to work within a transformative
Additionally, candidates need to bring a strong commitment to
excellence and an ability to work in an evolving environment.
For more about the National Center for Family
Philanthropy, please visit: www.ncfp.org
This search is being led by Katherine
Jacobs, Deanna Glick, and Sarah Hecklau of the
talent strategy firm, NPAG. Due
to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover
letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with
their resume via NPAG’s website.
If you would like to submit a nomination for this role, please
email Sarah at: email@example.com