Senior Managing Director of Communications and External Affairs

04 Sep, 2023


Senior Managing Director of Communications and External Affairs

Flamboyan Foundation
Washington, DC


Guided by the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, the Flamboyan Foundation works to ensure every child in the US and Puerto Rico receives an outstanding education. In Puerto Rico, we are focused on improving reading proficiency for students in the early grades and revitalizing the island by making strategic investments in arts, culture, and education. Our work in Washington, D.C. centers on strengthening effective family engagement in schools and school systems across the country through trainings, fellowships, and school-based partnerships.



Based in Flamboyan’s Washington, DC office, the Senior Managing Director (SMD) of Communications and External Affairs is responsible for setting the vision, strategy, and long-term management of communications, branding, marketing, and external relations for the priorities of Flamboyan DC. Specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for creating and executing a holistic, integrated plan that ensures consistency in all communications and marketing activities in DC and across the United States; promotes Flamboyan’s brand among multiple audiences; ensures that Flamboyan’s message is distributed effectively across all channels (digital and traditional) and to targeted audiences; and increases constituent and media awareness of the vital role that REAL Family Engagement plays in student success. In addition to our impact priorities, the SMD is responsible for the ovrerall strength of the Flamboyan Foundation brand in partnership with the SMD of Communications based in our Puerto Rico office. Together, they partner to ensure an organizational cohesion that serves all internal and external constituencies – including staff. The SMD will partner with stakeholders across the organization to cultivate productive relationships and execute on communications and marketing priorities across internal teams.


This role could be right for you if you have demonstrated and consistent experience in these seven areas.

Strategic Visioning

& Implementation

of Marketing & Communications

Design a vision and strategy for Flamboyan’s marketing and communications (including roles, goals, and metrics) to advance organizational objectives and build the organization’s brand. | Develop and maintain productive partnership across organizational functions to build cohesion, as well as fluency in conservation and fundraising priorities, to advance the mission overall. | Define a strong and relevant brand narrative and image as articulated by the organization’s mission, core values, value proposition, aspirations and impact. |Foster a cohesive organizational look, feel, and tone across all communications channels and initiatives. This includes ensuring consistency of design standards, quality, and tone. |Identify the organization’s communications and marketing related technology needs, and develop a roadmap, budget, and execution plan. |Provide regular updates on communication and marketing effectiveness and implementation of the strategy to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as required. | Maintain a strong understanding of best practices, key trends, target market needs, and industry changes to inform future communication and marketing strategies. | Foster and develop the reputation of Flamboyan as a the leader in the education and family engagement spaces in DC and nationally.

Expand External

Recognition &


Translate research and data into compelling storytelling to expand the reach and impact of the organization. | Build upon the sense of urgency of our work to expand markets and engage new audiences, and deploy new engagement tools to advance system level change. |Build an active owned media platform from which to inspire and engage audiences | Generate earned media to amplify Flamboyan’s work and impact. | Provide thoughtful, strategic public relations and media relations counsel and advice to senior leadership team members, ensuring voices are authentic, relevant, and synced up with organizational priorities |Build a digital strategy that optimizes Flamboyan’s reach and presence and drives deep audience engagement and adoption of our products and offerings |Incorporate inclusion and equity into all internal and external branding and communications |Build and activate networks in support of organizational priorities

Team Leadership

Build and develop a cohesive, high performing team, driven by impact and accountability to organizational culture and goals |Steward a culture of innovation, leveraging existing Flamboyan assets and designing with an eye to the future |Promote collaboration and accountability within and across teams, leading with optimism and building trust and credibility internally and externally |Oversee the Communications and External Affairs budget, delivering communication and marketing initiatives within established budgets and identifying opportunities to reduce spending or increase value at all times

Organizational Stewardship

Serve as an ambassador for Flamboyan’s organizational brand generally and our family engagement work specifically locally and nationally | Model and foster the Flamboyan core values of People, Impact, Catalytic Action, and Equity |Responsibly steward financial and human resources |Continuously deepen your expertise and readiness to be an equity-centered team member and contributor in our REAL Family Engagement efforts, self-awareness, inclusivity in your work, and serve as an agent of change for Flamboyan.

Self-Awareness + Maturity

You carry a strong sense of your authentic self | You can acknowledge and correct mistakes | You have a willingness to learn and grow | You understand where your strengths and growth areas are | You are not afraid to upward manage | You carry high self-efficacy and ownership of goals | You have high emotional intelligence and can navigate nuance.

Anti-Racist + Bias Competence

You actionably live your commitment to social justice | You can confidently speak openly and courageously about your own equity journey | You are willing to confront your own biases and hold yourself accountable for disrupting them | You ask who is not at the table | You build time into projects to prioritize the voices that are not historically heard or valued.

Collaboration + Influence

You are a skilled collaborator with internal and external stakeholders | You get results by leveraging both your positional authority and influence and you have the discernment to know which to use.



Start date

October 2023


This position is based out of our Washington, DC office in Dupont Circle. Flamboyan has a hybrid work schedule which is 4-days in the office and 1-day remote each week along with 1 fully remote week quarterly. Our in-person workplace design is based on our belief that being physically present with colleagues internally and partners externally is essential to building relationships and optimizes our ability to achieve our individual and collective goals | Occasional travel may be necessary | All staff must be fully vaccinated and boosted as a condition of employment unless given an approved exemption by Flamboyan for a medical or religious reason.


At Flamboyan, our starting salaries are grounded in four beliefs: that we are competitive, we maintain internal equity across roles, there’s room to grow, and salaries are aligned with the market. We avoid negotiating starting salary to maintain equity across our team and we construct our salaries in such a way that staff can increase their pay as they grow within their role over time.

The starting salary for the Senior Managing Director of Communications & External Affairs is $138,933.


Flamboyan’s benefits are designed to help you sustain work-life integration. Assessed annually, we provide a host of comprehensive benefits to staff. Our current benefits include: Medical and dental health insurance | Generous leave package: 15 days of vacation, 5 days of sick leave, 5 personal days, 10 holidays, 3 bereavement days, up to 5 days of jury duty, up to 2 days for approved professional development, winter break office closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and 6 org-wide wellness days per year | Parental and medical leave | Retirement contribution with an additional 3% match | Individual and org-wide professional development opportunities | Long-term disability insurance | Pre-tax Transit | Flexible Spending Account | cell phone reimbursement (specific roles only).



Guided by the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, the Flamboyan Foundation works to ensure every child in the US and Puerto Rico receives an outstanding education. In D.C., Flamboyan is accelerating student learning by helping educators and school systems transform their relationships with families. In Puerto Rico, Flamboyan is ensuring students are reading in Spanish on grade level by third grade while building a thriving philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

Reports To

Executive Director, DC


A team of 4-5

Closest Collaborators

Managing Director of Communications | Team Leads across the organization.



Flamboyan Foundation is committed to being an inclusive organization that challenges historical inequity with a focus on dismantling systemic racism within our work. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or disability. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority review will be given to applicants submitting by September 5, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.

Application Instructions

This application includes general and substantive short-answer questions, and a resume upload. It should take no more than approximately 1 hour to complete. Pro-tip: complete your answers in a word processing document first.

Interview Process

Interviewing at Flamboyan is an energetic and inclusive process that typically includes six steps: Application submission | Phone Screen | Hiring Exercise | Content + Culture Panel Interviews | Senior Leadership Team Interview (finalists only) | Reference Checks


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Job posted: 2023-09-04