Advocacy & Communications Director - Eleanor Crook Foundation

Eleanor Crook Foundation

About the organization

The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) is a growing U.S. philanthropy committed to research, policy analysis, and advocacy to end global malnutrition. It is our goal to make global malnutrition infamous, and in so doing, mobilize the global health and development community to end poverty and hunger by 2030. We believe achieving this ambitious goal will require positive disruption, innovation, and creativity to upend a status quo that fails to meet the needs of so many. We bring dedication to creating new norms alongside a spirit of optimism and hope to all of our work to end global malnutrition.


The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) seeks an Advocacy & Communications Director (ACD) to join our growing team during an exciting time of expansion and growth. The ACD will have the opportunity to thoughtfully, strategically, and directly guide the Foundation’s advocacy and communications efforts and investments. Reporting to the Managing Director and working alongside a dedicated team of experts, the Advocacy & Communications Director will execute a multi-year advocacy and communications strategy and implementation plan that will guide the efforts of ECF staff, consultants, and advocacy grantees to end global malnutrition. The ACD will provide high-level thought leadership, lead the development of creative new outreach and communications strategies, build coalitions and engage new advocacy partners, develop new grants, represent the Foundation at major events, and ensure the high performance of ECF’s growing portfolio of advocacy investments.

The Advocacy & Communications Director will be responsible for managing a small team of advocacy and communications professionals and overseeing a sizable grants portfolio in service of ECF’s advocacy objectives. A senior advocacy and communications expert who is persistent, “sick of business as usual,” highly creative and diplomatic, would benefit from flexible work policies, and wants to have a lasting impact on global nutrition will thrive. The position is based in Washington, DC.


Mission & Values Alignment: A passion for - and commitment to - ending global malnutrition. Restless about improving the status quo of global development, and eager to disrupt it to make greater impact. Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of US and internationally-based partners and staff.
Global Advocacy Expertise: Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in global health or global development advocacy, policy, or communications, including deep understanding of who the players are, and which levers to employ to influence them. Strong understanding of the U.S. foreign assistance apparatus (including Congress and the Executive Branch). Demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing and advancing advocacy campaigns.
Team Leadership: Experience building, developing, and managing high performing, cohesive, collaborative teams. Fosters a team culture of trust and transparency, enabling all team members to give and receive feedback, both positive and constructive. Ability to hold staff and partners to high standards of excellence, while maintaining a positive work environment. Ability to coordinate activities with supervisors, colleagues, and consultants. Willingness to jump in and build a world-class team at a growing foundation, requiring attention to details both big and small, flexibility, and an unrelenting desire to do better, together.


$150,000 - $175,000

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