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Director of Communications
Alliance for Decision Education in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 07/29/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, branding, website, social media, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate our mission and engage the stakeholder community. The Director of Communications will ensure that the Alliance for Decision Education is viewed as the primary reference, disseminator, and conduit of information within our diverse constituency.

The Director of Communications will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.


  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications plan across the network’s audiences in collaboration with the Alliance for Decision Education team and constituents

  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate

  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and brand awareness, as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters, social media postings, and the Alliance for Decision Education’s websites

  • Develop and manage all media contacts and improve our organization’s visibility beyond its immediate constituency through earned media and other PR efforts

  • Mentor and lead team members responsible for the Alliance for Decision Education’s websites’ administration and coordination

  • Coordinate webpage maintenance – ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly

  • Coordinate social media engagement – ensure that new and consistent information is posted regularly

  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time


The Alliance for Decision Education is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications who has at least 7 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (based on number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and supporter communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. The ultimate goal is to build an active, engaged, and growing community of interest.

Qualifications of an ideal candidate include:

  • Master communicator, story-teller, and brand ambassador

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills

  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently

  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”

  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels

  • Sincere commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff and board members, donors, and other supporters and collaborators

  • Self-starter and entrepreneurial; able to work independently; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

  • Experience or interest in education and/or cognitive science is a plus

Application Process

Please email your resume, a cover letter (stating minimum salary requirements), and samples of previous communications work to employment@alliancefordecisioneducation.org by January 15, 2020.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and we offer a generous benefits package and paid time off policy. The Alliance for Decision Education is an equal opportunity employer.

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