Vice President for Development & Communications

Vice President for Development & Communications

Search for Common Ground

Washington, DC or New York, NY   |   January 21, 2020

About Search For Common Ground

Search for Common Ground works to prevent and end violent conflict before, during, and after a crisis. Search has a 37-year track record of equipping individuals and societies to find alternatives to violence. We strive to build sustainable peace for generations to come by working with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to work together and find constructive solutions.

Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Instead of tearing down an existing world, we focus on constructing a new one. We do this through a type of peacebuilding called “conflict transformation.” We shift the everyday interactions between hostile groups of people, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violent means.

Position Summary

The Vice President for Development and Communications is responsible for global communications and private philanthropic fundraising strategy and execution. They will lead the development and communication efforts to support Search’s global mission, profile, and strategy.  The VP serves as Search’s chief marketing and communications officer and as a member of the Executive and Global Leadership Team will be expected to contribute to and influence organizational strategy to transform conflicts around the globe.  The VP of Development and Communication represents and promotes Search, increasing our visibility and supporting our mission, vision, organizational values, and culture.  The VP of Development and Communications will report to the President.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of developing and managing effective communication and marketing and development strategies to position and elevate Search brand and profile as a leader in the peacebuilding sector in a dynamic global context. They are responsible for developing plans, building strong execution capabilities, and increasing the level and reliability of private funding from high net worth individuals. They also are expected to design and execute effective approaches and processes for research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private donors. In addition, they will have the demonstrated ability to build a strong communications capability that maximizes Search digital footprint and influence in social media.

Expression of Interest

Koya Leadership Partners has been engaged by Search for Common Ground to advise in this pivotal leadership hire. Leading this search is Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director of the Global Practice and Alicia Salerno, Vice President Executive Search. If you are ready to submit your completed application, kindly submit both your compelling cover letter (addressing motivation and suitability per the above role specifications) and CV/resume here.

Only completed applications, with both CV/resume and cover letter, will be presented to the client.

Read and download the Position Profile: SFCG, VP Development and Communications Position Profile.