Advocacy & Communications Director

08 Sep, 2020


Advocacy & Communications Director

Eleanor Crook Foundation
Washington, DC

About the Eleanor Crook Foundation
The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) is a growing U.S. philanthropy committed to research,
policy analysis, and advocacy to end global malnutrition. It is our goal to make global
malnutrition infamous, and in so doing, mobilize the global health and development community
to end poverty and hunger by 2030. We believe achieving this ambitious goal will require
positive disruption, innovation, and creativity to upend a status quo that fails to meet the needs
of so many. We bring dedication to creating new norms alongside a spirit of optimism and hope
to all of our work to end global malnutrition.

Advocacy & Communications Director
The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) seeks an Advocacy & Communications Director (ACD) to
join our growing team during an exciting time of expansion and growth. The ACD will have the
opportunity to thoughtfully, strategically, and directly guide the Foundation’s advocacy and
communications efforts and investments. Reporting to the Managing Director and working
alongside a dedicated team of experts, the Advocacy & Communications Director will execute a
multi-year advocacy and communications strategy and implementation plan that will guide the
efforts of ECF staff, consultants, and advocacy grantees to end global malnutrition. The ACD
will provide high-level thought leadership, lead the development of creative new outreach and
communications strategies, build coalitions and engage new advocacy partners, develop new
grants, represent the Foundation at major events, and ensure the high performance of ECF’s
growing portfolio of advocacy investments.

The Advocacy & Communications Director will be responsible for managing a small team of
advocacy and communications professionals and overseeing a sizable grants portfolio in
service of ECF’s advocacy objectives. A senior advocacy and communications expert who is
persistent, “sick of business as usual,” highly creative and diplomatic, would benefit from flexible
work policies, and wants to have a lasting impact on global nutrition will thrive. The position is
based in Washington, DC.

Advocacy & Communications Director Responsibilities:
● Lead the Advocacy & Communications Team: Oversee the day-to-day efforts of ECF’s
Advocacy & Communications Team. In close consultation with the CEO and Managing
Director, the ACD will recruit and foster an expanded team with capabilities in advocacy and
communications. Seek synergies and opportunities to interface with ECF’s advocacy and
communications initiatives and ECF’s Research and Policy teams.
● Set and Drive ECF’s Advocacy Roadmap: Develop and execute a multi-year advocacy
and communications strategy and implementation plan that will guide the efforts of ECF
staff, consultants, and grantees. Develop strategies for new markets as ECF continues to
expand its areas of focus and investment. Help lead the coalition of ECF-funded nutrition
advocacy organizations in developing ambitious advocacy goals and creative approaches
for improving global nutrition programming in key donor markets. Anticipate potential
sectoral advocacy and policy challenges and work jointly with grantees to identify solutions.
Skillfully formulate tactical strategies to influence and engage key stakeholders, particularly
as it relates to ECF’s policy reform agenda and priority advocacy markets.
● Build ECF’s Advocacy Portfolio: Design new grants, engage new advocacy and
communications partners, and build and convene new advocacy coalitions. Identify
opportunities to improve the quality of ECF-funded projects and portfolios. Ensure the high
performance of ECF’s growing portfolio of advocacy investments.
● Set and Drive ECF’s Communications Roadmap: Bring the global nutrition advocacy
community to the next level by providing high-level thought leadership, encouraging and
contributing to bold, outside-the-box thinking, and identifying and funding new effective
strategies and tactics. Help lead the development of a bold communications strategy and
updated communications assets for global nutrition advocacy efforts. Develop and execute
public engagement and education campaigns.
● Build Strategic and Productive Relationships: Establish and maintain strong working
relationships with potential partners, policy makers, and policy influencers in coordination
with the CEO, Managing Director, other ECF program directors, advisors, and grantees.
Build collaborative relationships with grantees and partners to successfully communicate
about challenges and risks.
● Represent ECF Externally: Represent the Foundation at major U.S. and international
advocacy events. Regularly attend coalition meetings and relevant advocacy events to
further inform the Foundation’s understanding of sector developments as well as grantee
progress, concerns, and opportunities to drive impact.
Required Qualifications, Skills & Attributes:
● Mission & Values Alignment: A passion for – and commitment to – ending global
malnutrition. Restless about improving the status quo of global development, and eager to
disrupt it to make greater impact. Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated cultural
sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of US and internationally-based partners and
● Global Advocacy Expertise: Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in global health or
global development advocacy, policy, or communications, including deep understanding of
who the players are, and which levers to employ to influence them. Strong understanding of
the U.S. foreign assistance apparatus (including Congress and the Executive Branch).
Demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing and advancing advocacy campaigns.
● Team Leadership: Experience building, developing, and managing high performing,
cohesive, collaborative teams. Fosters a team culture of trust and transparency, enabling all
team members to give and receive feedback, both positive and constructive. Ability to hold
staff and partners to high standards of excellence, while maintaining a positive work
environment. Ability to coordinate activities with supervisors, colleagues, and consultants.
Willingness to jump in and build a world-class team at a growing foundation, requiring
attention to details both big and small, flexibility, and an unrelenting desire to do better,
● Creative Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap Setting: An ability to step back from current
practice and imagine future frontiers. Confidence to assess opportunity – even when it
stands against the status quo – and to inspire action in others. A knack for dreaming up
creative approaches – big and small – and seeing them through from idea to execution.
● Communications Expertise: Substantial knowledge of how communications, media
relations, digital engagement, and branding work together as advocacy tools. A willingness
to jump into the details of nutrition programming and policy and the ability to digest nuanced
information and communicate it clearly to more generalist audiences. Deep experience and
comfort with externally representing an organization as a spokesperson.

To Apply
This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners, a boutique executive search and talent
strategy firm which partners with social justice-focused organizations. Interested candidates
should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in our mission and qualifications
for the position to:

Compensation and Benefits
The Eleanor Crook Foundation offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience,
along with a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid health, vision, and dental
insurance; unlimited paid time off; six months of paid parental leave; a flexible work
environment, including remote work opportunities; and a great team!

The Eleanor Crook Foundation is committed to fostering and celebrating diversity and inclusion,
both within our Foundation and across our global community of partners. We seek out and
welcome differences in experience, thought, and perspective. We believe that a world in which
every child receives the nutrition they need to thrive can only exist by fostering the inclusion of a
wide range of voices across our work. We hold our policies, our practices, and ourselves
accountable to this commitment in everything that we do.

Job posted: 2020-09-08