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Associate Director Program Influence

The Associate Director, Program Influence serves as an integral member of the program influence team within the Policy, Partnerships, and Communications team in New York.  The Program Influence team works directly with program teams to develop influence strategies that combine expertise in behavior change, communications, campaigns, and strategy.  Two associate directors will divide responsibility for being the day to day contact with program initiative teams including - Health, Food, Power, Jobs, Cities, Innovative Finance, Data & Tech, and science – to develop and execute influence and communications strategies for each program initiative.  The Associate Director will work with the MD Program influence to develop strategies for influence and communications for half of the program portfolio, and will be responsible for working directly with program teams, influence and communications grantees and partners to execute on influence and communications for impact for each team.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work day to day with initiative teams within portfolio to develop and integrate influence and communications strategies into larger program initiative strategies that advance the Foundation’s goals, values, and impact. 
  • Plan and execute communications and influence campaigns within portfolio of initiatives to help program teams achieve impact through their influence work, as well as raising the profile of the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • Lead selection and management of influence communications consultancies, media partners, and all influence strategy partners for assigned program initiatives, and ensure maximum value from our investments.
  • Recommend strategic influence grantmaking to program initiatives within portfolio.
  • Recommend strategic influence grantmaking within the Foundation’s opportunities portfolio – a portfolio of grants designed for opportunistic grantmaking that reflects the Foundation’s values and provides a unique opportunity for impact and visibility.
  • Collaborate closely with initiative MD’s and teams, and provide counsel on their thought leadership.
  • Work with Speechwriter to develop messaging for initiatives.
  • Oversee the development, research, and writing of briefings for communication’s events
  • Write press releases, talking points, blog posts and other important collateral material for program initiatives within portfolio.
  • Arrange and staff media interviews for program initiatives within portfolio.
  • Manage one communications officer, New York to support program initiative portfolio


Supervision Received:

This position will report to the MD, Program Influence


Supervision Exercised:

This position will manage one person at the associate level (communications officer) that will provide support for the portfolio of program initiatives assigned.  This person will be responsible for developing this staff member, reviewing them, and contributing to their professional growth and capabilities.

Qualifications & Skills:

Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning. Strong sense for messaging, themes and techniques that resonate with the key influence audiences including government, business, and media. 

Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.  Ability to manage staff and contractors to ensure timely, high-quality work product.

Partnership and relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.

Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills.

Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.

Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening written and verbal skills.

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in communications and influence work, with preference for experience with an international organization.
  • Experience working in a matrixed environment with multiple teams and multiple interests
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Proven track record in managing to complex plans and deadlines
  • Superb inter-personal skills and professional presence
  • A proven track ability to think strategically, analyze critically, and to translate ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable programs and plans
  • Experience and/or strong familiarity with non-profit and public sectors
  • Ability and experience managing projects, staff, consultancies, and budgets
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task
  • Experience in handling and reacting to sensitive information
  • Moderate travel required

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