Director of Communications

Director of Communications

Women Donors Network

San Francisco, CA   |   June 12, 2020

Who We Are

At Women Donors Network, we believe in a world where all people enjoy basic human rights and freedom from discrimination, violence, and oppression; where we are able to use environmental resources sustainably; and where all communities have equal access to economic opportunity.

United by a shared vision of justice and equity for all, our members boldly invest their wealth, time, and talents together. We listen deeply to leaders and movements fighting injustice, move funds quickly, and foster creative strategies that advance systemic change.

Our programs provide a range of opportunities for progressive women philanthropists to learn new skills, connect with other WDN members, and leverage funding for greater collective impact.

Within our collective grantmaking, we fund movements, leaders, and activists within several key initiatives:

The Reflective Democracy Campaign uses groundbreaking research and grantmaking to disrupt the historical imbalance of political power. Our data challenges the myth that women and people of color can’t win elected office. And our analysis is identifying the barriers to getting on the ballot. We’re mapping the gatekeeper systems that keep power in the hands of the few. And we’re investing in community organizations that are developing leaders to run for office.

The Jean Hardisty Initiative supports grassroots movements pushing for change outside the traditional halls of power. Through the Hardisty Initiative, we’re resourcing the movement for racial justice, trusting Black women and supporting Black-led power building.

The Emergent Fund is the rapid response vehicle we founded with partner networks to move quick resources to communities under attack, at the moment they need them. With an activist-led Advisory Council, the Emergent Fund has provided more than $4.7 million to over 300 groups and activists on the frontlines since 2017.

WDN’s Impact Collectives bring members together to learn in community and lean into innovative work that is yet to be or is just becoming. From community-led work in the climate justice movement and women’s safety from violence in the workplace, to full voter participation, the Impact Collectives are where WDN members share expertise and learn from one another — incubating new ideas and giving collectively to fund projects that advance systemic social change.

The WDN team also supports the work of WDN Action, our c4 sister organization. Through WDN Action, we invest in advocacy and electoral strategies that center the leadership, vision, and long-term organizing of women, people of color, young people, and underrepresented communities.

For more information on Women Donors Network please visit womendonors.org.

Our Values

At WDN, our strategies for change are multi-faceted and our work together is bold, unapologetic, collaborative, and joyful.

  • We ask the hard questions that help to imagine a better future.
  • We unapologetically name that which needs to be changed and why.
  • We support transformational movements and seek action.
  • We collaborate with partners who have shared values and a commitment to make change.
  • We nurture a network and community that uses our collective power to create a world that is equitable and just for all.
Who You Are

You bring a deep knowledge of communications mediums and have a passion for developing creative content that reaches people where they are and helps call them in to take action. You have an unshakeable commitment to racial and gender justice and believe in the power of story to inspire change. You are undaunted by the charge to create something new and you function well within a changing environment. You have 7+ years of relevant experience and a track record for creating and optimizing processes and working in partnership with a team.

You pride yourself in being:

An Inclusive Storyteller

  • Weaving together diverse narratives, experiences, and visions is second nature to you; you have a keen eye for pulling together compelling stories, anecdotes, and building relationships. You are authentic in your voice and grounded in your story, whether you are a natural extrovert or a quiet, introverted movement builder.

Imaginative

  • You seek to find innovative methods and practices to push the boundary on traditional best practices within communications, storytelling, and audience engagement.

Courageous

  • As a leader you are comfortable bringing new and innovative ideas to the table. In working with senior executives, you’re able to provide strategic counsel, clearly articulate ideas, and successfully navigate differing points of view and you welcome opportunities to challenge the status quo and push people to see things in a new way, with a new perspective.

Empathetic

  • You enjoy being part of a team, and you are energized by how different people work together, and respectful of people’s experiences and values. You invite others to bring their most authentic selves to this work and you hold space for them to share their experiences, their challenges, and their victories. 
Our Work Together

As the Director of Communications at WDN, you will lead our work to:

  • Design clear and engaging communications that help our members understand the impact of our work and deepen their connections to WDN.
  • Expand our reach to new audiences across race, age, and geography with new communications tools for member recruitment and engagement with partners in the field.
  • Elevate the profile of WDN Action, our c4 sister organization, with our members, partners, and grantees.
  • Interface with the Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives to ensure that the impact of our funding and our programs are communicated effectively with our members and partners in the field.

You will report to the Vice President of Strategic Operations and be part of a dynamic and collaborative team focused organization-wide systems that make our impact possible, supported by a Communications & Operations Associate.

Contact

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Katie Bouton, Miecha Ranea Forbes, and Turner Delano are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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Women Donors Network is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

The salary range for this opportunity is $110-$140K, commensurate with qualifications and experience. WDN also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) retirement plan, and generous paid vacation, personal and sick leave, along with paid parental leave.

One of the many benefits for WDN team members is a beautiful office space including private offices for each team member. While WDN is currently on a remote work schedule, when restrictions are lifted to allow for in-person office work, team members can take comfort in their ability to work in a safe manner while maintaining levels of social distancing as necessary or preferred.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.