Director, Policy & Advocacy

26 Aug, 2020


Director, Policy & Advocacy

Rockefeller Foundation
New York, NY

The Director, Policy & Advocacy is an integral member of the Communications, Policy & Advocacy (CPA) team in New York.  The Director will work alongside the Managing Director (CPA) and collaborate closely with the Managing Directors of digital platforms and policy and convenings as well as the other directors and members of the CPA team.  The Director will work across the various initiatives as needed including Health; Food; Equity and Economic Opportunity; Data, Technology and Innovation; Power and Climate; and Innovative Finance as well as provide support to the Regional Offices when appropriate. The Director brings extensive experience and expertise to develop and execute influence strategies that combine expertise in communications, campaigns and strategy to help advance each program’s goals.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and execute strategic influence, communications and campaign plans with program teams that are integrated into and feed the overarching impact goals of wider program strategies.
  • Recommend and advise on communications and advocacy grants, contracts, and consulting arrangements for program teams and manage related communications budgets.
  • Look for synergies with key grantees to support and elevate the outputs of the work.
  • Work with the Foundation’s program teams, CPA teammates and external partners to create and / or curate a regular stream of communications resources that can be utilized for influence-including data visualization products, digital assets, op-eds, knowledge products etc.
  • Manage communications agencies on a day-to-day basis.
  • Write and edit core materials including messaging, press releases, talking points, blog posts, and other material related to program milestones, or other news.
  • Oversee and contribute to the development, research, and writing of briefings for media opportunities and events.
  • Arrange and staff media interviews and speaking engagements and prepare spokespeople in advance.
  • Coordinate with the Communications, Policy and Advocacy team to profile the work of the Foundation and its grantees with the media and on the Foundation’s owned channels, for example at the time of major announcements or during participation at high profile events.
  • Create and manage an effective project management system to ensure that key events, activities, milestones and deliverables for priority projects are being proactively tracked and managed, ensuring a hands-on approach to problem solving in order to deliver timely and effective results.
  • Work collaboratively with key internal stakeholders and core grantees ensuring positive cooperation and relations are always maintained.
  • Serve as a thought partner to the Managing Directors, Directors, and other team members on strategic content development, curation, and storytelling across the Innovation team.
  • Support the development of a strategic communications plans in partnership with RF’s CPA team and external partners.
  • Help devise and execute content development tactics, including articles and blogs, presentations, speaker series, etc.

Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., public policy, global affairs, communications, journalism)
  • Master’s/Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum five years of experience in a research, communications and strategy-related role, with:
  • (a) At least four years in one of the sectors represented by the RF initiatives
  • (b) At least one year of experience working abroad in international development
  • (c) At least two years working in public policy at a national or global level
  • (d) At least three years developing communications materials and social media assets to explain complicated, technical information in understandable ways.

Preferred Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Prior experience in strategic communications familiarity with policy making
  • Extensive professional networks
  • Experience writing about on complex topics for non-experts
  • Experience organizing meetings and convenings and engaging with high-level stakeholders both domestically and internationally
  • Experience working abroad in a job involving international development
  • Experience with managing competing priorities
  • Experience with project management

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Strategic Ability:  Ability to see opportunities, design innovative and creative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning.  Strong sense for messaging, themes and techniques that resonate with key influence audiences including government, business, and media. 
  • Leadership: Ability to think innovatively and creatively; negotiation skills; demonstrates accountability, motivate and inspire colleagues working with.
  • Content knowledge: Understanding of basic issues and players in international development and/or RF’s program areas as outlined above. Knowledge of technology tools that enable effective communication and storytelling is desired.
  • Analysis: Ability to analyze problems and solutions from a variety of perspectives (political, economic technological, anthropological, legal) as evidenced by a diverse academic background in a relevant field (public policy, global affairs, communications, journalism) and/or equivalent work experience. Ability to research, synthesize and integrate disparate pieces of data, analysis, and information into thoughtful briefs for internal decision making and external influence.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills to convey complex information appropriately to stakeholders with different backgrounds and needs, both oral and written. Strong interpersonal and exceptional listening skills.
  • Decision-Making: Ability to multi-task and experience dynamically setting work priorities among competing needs; comfort with a changing work environment.
  • Execution: Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; sense of urgency and responsibility; ability to multi-task competing priorities and work under pressure; detail oriented. Ability to organize chaos into coherent plan.
  • Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests. Demonstrate inclusiveness as part of a team that values diversity and collaboration.
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building
  • Mission-Driven: A thoughtful leader who manages and inspires people and works with integrity always with a focus on The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: You are committed to the mission of the Foundation to incorporate inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional and marginalized voices.
  • Remote Work: We are currently fully remote, but once restrictions ease, this role will be based in the New York office.


As an organization, we focus on 5 values to advance our culture and to continue our success: TransparencyOptimismAccountabilityCollaboration and Trust. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

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Job posted: 2020-08-26