Vice President of Government Affairs & Strategic Communications

18 Jun, 2019


Vice President of Government Affairs & Strategic Communications

Council on Foundations
Washington, DC

The Council on Foundations is seeking an exceptional leader to convey the impact philanthropy has had and will continue to have in the U.S. and around the globe to policy makers, executive branch agency leaders, and the public so that we can uphold a federal policy and regulatory environment that supports private giving for the public good. This visionary strategist will be the senior-most government relations, communications and public affairs leader responsible for engaging diverse stakeholders and policymakers in the creation of an environment where giving continues to expand as a percentage of GDP and philanthropy as a practice continues to become more sophisticated. The Vice President of Government Affairs & Strategic Communications (VP) will be well-versed in government relations, policy development, and issue management and will develop and implement a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances and amplifies the mission and vision of the Council on Foundations and the sector as a whole.

Reporting directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the VP will lead and provide integrated management of public policy, federal partnerships and communications functions for the organization. This means that in addition to serving as the primary voice for government relations, the VP will also be responsible for the overall communications and marketing strategy including messaging, branding, web content, public and media relations, social media, collateral, and support materials. The VP will manage institutional brand identity across all communication channels to present the organization to an expanded and engaged audience as the Council looks to continue to act in the common good.

The VP will have oversight of the following:

  • Develop and execute a strategic approach to advocacy that reaches key audiences such as members of Congress, government, thought leaders, and think tanks
  • Ensure Government and Public Affairs activities are timed and positioned with other functional areas within the Council to provide a cohesive voice and ensure a smooth intersection of programs
  • Position the Council as a key partner with all branches of the federal government and liaise with lobbyists and lobbying firms in support of the Council’s work
  • Responsible for development and management of advocacy strategies, policy development, and public affairs, as well as oversee stakeholder mapping, ally development, and coalition building
  • Identify critical opportunities and challenges in the government policy environment
  • Ensure member engagement by serving as lead staff to the Public Policy Working Group
  • Develop and manage an overall integrated marketing strategy that proactively supports the Council’s mission with its local, national, and global audiences
  • Develop an annual strategic marketing and communication plan that supports the Council’s mission and long-term strategic goals
  • Advise senior leadership on issues key to the organization; work closely with CEO to manage important media-related and internal messaging issues
  • Serve as a key spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization and the cause; develop media opportunities for the organization to become a valued and respected voice on relevant topics
  • Regular communication, information sharing, and collaboration with regional, national and global charitable sector infrastructure partners
  • Partner with Council leadership to identify partnership opportunities consistent with the Council’s audience goals to increase the Council’s mission reach and impact
  • Build, coach, mentor and guide the policy and marketing & communications teams in an effort to increase team capacity, encourage professional growth, and improve the effectiveness of the team to provide a proactive, customer-focused resource for the Council and its members
  • Supervise a team of five – seven individuals

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Job posted: 2019-06-18