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Communications & Development Director

The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) is seeking an experienced, creative, self-directed, tech-savvy, and ambitious Communications and Development Director to help direct REC’s external communications and support REC's fundraising.

There is flexibility with respect to the scope and duties of this role depending on the candidate. We are seeking someone with 4 to 10 years of experience in media, communications, and/or development, though for the right person, the position could be made more junior.

Location: New York City

Start Date: mid July 2015

Compensation: Competitive salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: Rolling until hired. Applications are requested by Friday, June 12th, 2015.

About the Responsible Endowments Coalition

The Responsible Endowments Coalition works with students, alumni, and other university stakeholders to make endowments a force for positive social, environmental, and economic change. We work on issues as varied as climate change, racial justice, and student debt, and support endowment campaigns that make the world more sustainable, equitable, free, democratic, and prosperous.

Colleges and universities, with over $400 billion invested through their endowments, are important leaders in the investment world. Colleges and universities are also civil society leaders and have an essential role to play in championing social and economic progress. We partner with students and other university stakeholders to challenge university investment practices and demand that universities use their endowments as a force for progressive social change. We support campaigns that seek to change university investment policies and practices as well as campaigns that target the corporations in which universities are invested.

REC has worked with student and alumni organizers to expose and challenge university investments in firms that engage in abuses like mountaintop removal coal mining, highlight the relationship between student loan providers like Sallie Mae and shady lobbying firms like ALEC, and have moved $10 million into community banks and credit unions nationwide. Colleges around the country are starting to shift their endowment practices in significant ways. Recently, we have turned up the heat by engaging the millions of alumni around the country with a new alumni organizing team. We are headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, but have a national reach.  

REC has an organizational culture that supports staff development; we invest in our people, and create opportunities for them to step into new challenges where they can hone their organizing and campaigning skills and deepen their political analysis. 

Role Description

This position will report to and work closely with REC’s Executive Director to design and implement REC’s communications and fundraising activities, which we see as intimately connected. Specifically, duties are as follows:

Communications Strategy, Vision, and Leadership - 40%

  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and refine REC’s external communications strategy, both for our core programs and campaigns, to enable consistent communication across multiple formats and audiences.

  • Identify emerging issues in REC’s fields of work and develop communications strategies that respond to them.

Communications Operations - 30%

  • Serve as Executive Editor, managing the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic copy, including, but not limited to: REC’s email and action blasts, website, social media, marketing collateral, press releases, etc.  

  • Work closely with REC’s Executive Editor to identify opportunities to cultivate earned media opportunities and garner media coverage for the responsible endowments movement and REC campaigns. This includes:

    • Pitching reporters on endowment issues and REC initiatives

    • Staging press conferences and events

    • Writing and distributing communications materials including, letters to the editor, op-eds

  • Track and elevate press coverage of the responsible endowments movement.

  • Coordinate with REC’s organizing staff and partners to drive media around national days of actions and legislative issues that relate to endowments.

  • Supervise interns in the following:

    • Use of social media platforms including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube to disseminate REC messages and broader messages on student and alumni issues.

Development Operations - 30%

  • Support the Executive Director in developing and executing multi-year fundraising plans.

  • Supporting annual fund-drives with print and digital components.

  • Support in drafting and/or editing grant applications and reports as needed.

  • Lead maintenance of REC’s database of major private donors and foundations and support the Executive Director in maintenance of positive relationships with major private donors and foundations.

Role Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Strong writing and editing skills under deadlines are a must. The ability to quickly and flexibly generate strong written content is essential.

  • Ability to create sound, sophisticated, yet accessible content for a wide range of audiences. This person will be collaborating with REC’s staff to create compelling content across regional, cultural, political, and generational lines.

  • Basic proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite tools (Illustrator, Photoshop) is essential. Much of REC’s online communication relies heavily on visual content, and this position will require editing and/or producing images on at least a weekly basis.

  • A good eye for graphic design is also required, although formal training in this area is not.

  • Knowledge of and professional experience with commonly used social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Diplomatic skills are a must as this position requires interaction with a diversity of audiences including major donors and foundations.

  • Demonstrated fundraising record, including grassroots funding campaigns, major donor development, securing foundation grants, and/or securing corporate sponsorships.

  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to REC’s mission and values. See:

  • Has experience in multi-racial and multi-generational organizing spaces, or enthusiasm for diving into this aspect of the job.

  • Is fluent in written and oral English.

  • Can travel with some regularity within the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience using contact management platforms like Salesforce or NationBuilder.

  • Connection to progressive U.S. movements including but not limited to climate justice, racial justice, and student debt movement.

  • Familiarity with the operations and politics of higher education.

  • University degree (BA) or higher; however, we have no formal education requirements.

  • The ability to work occasional nights and weekends.

Additional Details & How to Apply


Salary range is competitive and depends on skills and experience. Benefits include health care and generous vacation and time-off.

To Apply

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to The cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for the specific job, as well as your general interest in the Responsible Endowments Coalition. Your writing samples should be between 800 and 1500 words. Ideally, they would be samples from op-eds or articles, press releases or other media communiques, grant applications or reports, etc., though samples from academic articles or papers is also acceptable. Writing samples should demonstrate clarity of thought and communication.

If you have questions about this position, please feel free to email us at






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