Communications Director

About Philanthropy Roundtable: 

Philanthropy Roundtable is a well-established organization in the philanthropic and free-market sectors, serving as a resource for hundreds of donors and foundation leaders. Our vision is to build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society. To achieve this vision, the organization pursues a mission to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom and help donors advance liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility. 
Since 1991, Philanthropy Roundtable has served individual philanthropists and foundations to refine their giving strategies to maximize the impact of their resources, as well as emerging donors and entrepreneurs who are developing their philanthropic plans for the first time. The Roundtable is the leading organization in the United States focused on promoting and defending the pivotal role private giving plays in strengthening our communities and how freedom and wealth creation make charitable giving possible.  

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective. We are mission-driven, results-oriented, entrepreneurial, courageous and team-oriented. 

About the Role: 

We are seeking a Communications Director to join our Marketing and Communications Team. This individual will play a fundamental role in continuing to elevate the profile of the organization with the media and among America’s top charitable donors.  

Reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, the director will drive the organization’s strategy for building and maintaining relationships with the press, along with writing and editing op-eds, pitching the Roundtable’s work, fielding inquiries from reporters and preparing messaging, talking points and media training for spokespeople. 

In addition to working directly with media, the director will help drive the creation of timely and strategic content that highlights the Roundtable’s research, event programming and the contributions of our donor network and nonprofit partners. This role will be responsible for managing and coaching the Communications Associate, mentoring junior staff and collaborating across teams to help the Roundtable achieve its goals.  

The ideal candidate will be aligned with the organization’s mission and values, motivated by securing positive press coverage and enthusiastic about telling compelling stories. This role will be based in Philanthropy Roundtable’s Washington, D.C. office. 

Reports to: Senior Director of Marketing and Communications 

Location: Downtown Washington, D.C. (3 days a week in office required, 2 days remote.  Subject to change.) 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

Media Relations Strategy and Execution   

  • Develop and lead execution of the media strategy for the organization 
  • Build and maintain relationships with the press and serve as the primary point of contact for media inquiries 
  • Pitch and secure media placements for Roundtable spokespeople 
  • Write, edit and place op-eds and letters to the editor 
  • Prepare spokespersons for interviews through media training and messaging guidance 
  • Ensure media monitoring is done effectively to aid the organization’s responsiveness to opportunities and threats 

Writing and Editing 

  • Serve as the organization’s editorial lead, overseeing the organization’s blog and serving as the lead editor on publications 
  • Draft and edit promotional plans and materials, including press releases, blog content and other items as needed 
  • Manage freelance writers and assign work as needed 
  • Collaborate with Marketing and other teams on content strategy and promotional plans 
  • Ensure that all public-facing products follow Roundtable messaging and best practices 

Leadership and Culture 

  • Supervise the Communications Associate  
  • Identify professional development opportunities and provide training 
  • Cultivate a positive work culture and productive relationships across the organization 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • At least 7-10 years of relevant professional experience in public relations or media relations 
  • At least one year of supervisory experience 
  • Demonstrable success in securing media opportunities and placing op-eds with major media outlets including newspapers, radio and TV programs  
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong editorial judgement and editing skills 
  • Highly organized with an ability to effectively manage multiple projects at once while meeting tight deadlines 
  • Ability to quickly develop rapport and build relationships  
  • Versatility to be both a self-starter who takes initiative and a collaborative team player 
  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism, marketing or a related field 
  • Willing and able to work at least 3 days a week from the D.C. office. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Work experience in philanthropy or strong knowledge of the nonprofit sector  
  • Experience in public policy advocacy or research 
  • Strong understanding of AP Style 
  • Experience working with media tracking database or software such as Cision, Meltwater or TV Eyes 

Apply here.