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Director, Communications, Policy & Advocacy – Food Initiative

Job type: Full-time
Job category: Communications, Policy, Advocacy
Hiring Organization: The Rockefeller Foundation
Education level: Bachelor’s degree required
Experience: Approximately 10 years
Deadline: March 31, 2024
Location: USA

Position Overview

The Director, Communications & Advocacy is a key member of the Food Initiative team at The Rockefeller Foundation. Collaborating closely with the Communications, Policy & Advocacy (CPA) team in New York, this role reports to the Senior Vice President, Food, and supports the Food team’s priorities through strategic communications, policy advocacy, and partnership building. The Director will play a crucial role in devising and executing communications strategies, nurturing strategic partnerships, educating policymakers, managing contracts and grants, and supporting climate-food strategies.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Policy, Advocacy, and Influence

  • Develop and implement strategic influence plans integrating policy, advocacy, and communications.
  • Provide guidance on programmatic approach, partner engagement, and communication priorities.
  • Represent the Foundation in global and U.S. policy discussions, utilizing insights in food systems and geopolitics.
  • Strengthen partnerships across public and private sectors to expand collaboration networks.

External Communications

  • Develop food storytelling, digital campaigns, media relations, government relations, and event planning.
  • Oversee external communications for the Food team, including writing and editing key materials.
  • Manage media inquiries and collaborations with team leaders and Program Officers.
  • Create and curate resources for influence, such as data visualizations and knowledge products.

Project Management

  • Recommend and advise on communications, advocacy grants, contracts, and consulting.
  • Manage communications budgets and lead project management for external events.

Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required; familiarity with Food Systems or Food Policy preferred.
  • Approximately 10 years of experience in strategic communications and policy-making.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with extensive professional networks.
  • Ability to balance immediate objectives with long-term positioning of the Food initiative.
  • Experience in high-level stakeholder engagement and effective matrixed environment management.
  • Strong leadership, people management, and interpersonal skills for innovative work.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Balances Stakeholders: Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Develops Talent: Develops people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
  • Directs Work: Provides direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
  • Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Values Differences: Recognizes the value of different perspectives and commits to inclusion, equity, and diversity in every aspect of work.

About The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy focused on advancing human opportunity and reversing the climate crisis. Committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, we operate from a strong set of values to drive our culture and success. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to contribute to our mission.

How to Apply

To apply for the position of Director, Communications, Policy & Advocacy – Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation, please visit the job posting. Click on the “Apply” button, fill in your contact details, upload your resume, and respond to a few application questions. Review your information before submitting the application.


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