Communications Associate

The Nathan Cummings Foundation
June 6, 2018
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Chaloner has partnered with The Nathan Cummings Foundation on their search for a dynamic and creative communicator who thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative environment to serve as a full-time Communications Associate.

About NCF

NCF is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice and committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society. The Foundation is pursuing justice for people and the planet and supports social movements, organizations and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality because we think times like these beg for visionary thinking and bold action. Located in New York City, NCF has assets of approximately $450 million and an annual budget of about $25 million. The Board of Trustees is actively engaged in the affairs of the Foundation. Under the leadership of Sharon Alpert, the first female and fourth president, the Foundation is aligning its strategy, culture, and technology in building teams for its next successful chapter. In a work environment where people of diverse backgrounds collaborate, the foundation encourages creative thinking and individual growth. Known for tackling difficult issues that require moving hearts and minds, NCF takes risks on the unexpected, such as its fellowship that grants visionaries up to $150,000 to turn an inspired and potentially radical idea into a world-changing reality. NCF has a long history of aligning investments with values through shareholder activism and recently announced it will move to 100 percent mission-aligned investing. While its work is primarily concentrated in the United States, the Foundation also support visionary leaders and efforts advancing shared society, peace and equality in Israel.

About the Communications Team

At NCF, they believe strategic communication can advance their mission and effectiveness beyond what is possible by grantmaking alone. In 2017, they hired their first Director of Communications to articulate and drive a communication strategy for the Foundation, work closely with Board, senior leadership, program staff, grantees and external partners and to integrate communication to further their mission and the work of their partners.

About the Position

The Communications Associate will play a critical role in identifying and leveraging opportunities to publicly communicate the work and impact of NCF and their grantees. Under the direction and guidance of the Director of Communications, s/he will write, create and conduct research to advance NCF’s internal and external communication programs; execute elements of our communication strategy; support social and digital media; and provide project management and support for the Communications Office.


Strategic Communication

  • Develop and implement NCF’s communication plan and strategy
  • Research, write and publish stories and content on NCF’s core platforms – website, social media, and email newsletter – featuring the work of their partners and grantees
  • Support Foundation leadership by developing messages, writing, editing and posting a variety of content, including blogs, op-eds, talking points, media quotes and social media posts

Social Media, Digital Communications and Media Relations

  • Develop and strengthen the Foundation’s digital presence by creating and managing the organizational website, social media accounts and an organization-wide editorial calendar
  • Collaborate with grantees, partners, and influencers to deepen relationships and increase social media engagement
  • Research, develop, and maintain press lists and distribute press releases

Project Management and Administration

  • Manage projects and organizational deadlines, including processing contracts and invoices

Required Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in the Foundation mission and values, and the work of their partners
  • 3-5 years of experience in public relations, communication, marketing or a relevant field
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, including working knowledge of AP style and guidelines
  • Excellent project management skills, strong attention to detail, ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines, and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Highly collaborate approach with the ability to work effectively with others, treat others with respect and courtesy, and be open, collegial and positive, especially when receiving feedback
  • Experience with social media, photography, video or multimedia production

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Excellent benefits including retirement plan, comprehensive Foundation-paid medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, vacation & holiday paid time off, Summer Fridays, and staff development funds and tuition reimbursement.

To Apply: NCF is an equal opportunity employer that participates in fair-chance hiring practices, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. As an organization deeply committed to diversity of experience, NCF values and welcomes candidates from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds, including community-based organizations, policy organizations, government, national nonprofits or the private sector.

NCF is partnering with Chaloner, a national executive search firm specializing in communications, public relations and marketing recruitment to conduct this search.

To apply, please send:

  • Letter stating interest and qualifications for the position;
  • Resume
  • Portfolio of past projects, including a writing sample and digital content or campaign
  • Three references (at least two professional)

Please submit application materials via email:

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, as well as fair-chance hiring practices. Qualified applicants seeking employment at the Foundation are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or prior involvement with the criminal justice system.

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