Communications Director

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
November 6, 2018
New York, NY, United States
Job Type


Chaloner has partnered with Wellspring Philanthropic Fund on their search for a Communications Director to be based out of their New York, NY headquarters.

Job Summary

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund seeks a Communications Director who will provide critical support for the President and other members of Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (WPF) in the areas of communications and external affairs. While WPF prefers to keep a low profile, there is a need for someone to work with Executive Leadership to shape the philanthropy’s narrative, create a cogent communications approach for the organization and manage the occasional outside communications related to public relations. The ideal candidate will have a combination of excellent communications, narrative building and public relations instincts, while also being a creative thinker. The candidate will also have an ability to shift priorities quickly as needed, and able to lead work independently.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with Executive Leadership to create a compelling narrative for WPF, and a plan for its use to support appropriate understanding of WPF’s role and work with different audiences.
  • Manage special projects including but not limited to creating a historical narrative about key points in WPF’s existence and how they align with significant world events, shifts in policy or other notable occurrences.
  • Plan and prepare talking points and presentation materials as needed for the President and other senior leaders as part of their participation at important events.
  • As needed in collaboration with an outside public relations firm, draft press materials, and serve as on-the-record spokesperson.
  • Advise donors, President and WPF program leaders on any thought leadership opportunities.
  • Monitor compliance of communications policies and monitor the internet and social media channels for positive and negative stories about WPF.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Learning & Evaluation Officer in disseminating analyses of WPF’s strategies, grantmaking, and learning activities.
  • Coordinate the creation of any additional content for the website.
  • Other duties as needed.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements/Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • BS or BA in Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations – or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in a communications and/or external affairs function in a social justice organization or philanthropy.
  • A demonstrated interest in human rights/social justice. Understands and values social justice, including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle - - and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills; ability to produce original, clear, concise content within tight deadlines; meticulous proofreader and copyeditor.
  • Self-motivation, with an ability to work proactively, independently, and with a strong sense of urgency.
  • Experience interacting and communicating effectively with members of a complex organization at multiple levels.
  • Ability to shift gears comfortably, flex skills, and multi-task effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication abilities.
  • Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Strong moral compass; personal ethics and integrity must be impeccable.
  • Collaborative focus, recognizing the value in fostering an environment which promotes shared communications, efforts and results.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); Mailchimp and InDesign skills a plus.


Wellspring offers a very generous benefits package including payment of 100% of the health insurance premiums for employees (and 80% of the premiums for spouses, domestic partners and qualified family members). Wellspring also offers other benefits including life insurance, long‐term disability protection, a group 401(k) retirement plan (with an employer match), support for continuing education, up to $5,250 in annual student loan repayment OR college savings assistance for qualified dependents, and is committed to providing transgender‐inclusive healthcare, as well as assistance for adoption and infertility services.


Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Wellspring has offices in New York, NY, and Washington, DC.

Wellspring’s work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:

  • Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends.
  • The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected.
  • Social justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance.
  • As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments.

As a private foundation, Wellspring’s key functions are to conduct research and education tailored to our mission; manage a grantmaking portfolio of various programs, administer grants and monitoring grantee performance; and work to promote the effectiveness of programs that receive donor funding.

Wellspring believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcomes such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply.

Wellspring hires, promotes and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Foundation’s service needs and business requirements. All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law, e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, educational attainment, and prior criminal convictions.


For employment consideration, please submit application Amy Segelin at Chaloner Associates ( with the subject line “[Your name] – Communications Director”.

All applications must include:

  • A resumé (PDF);
  • A thoughtful cover letter, including how you became aware of this opportunity and salary requirements (must specify actual amount and range) (PDF); and
  • One writing sample (no less than 3 and no more than 5 pages, attached in PDF format).
  • No phone calls please.
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