Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer

Executive Office · Remote or Washington, District of Columbia
Department Executive Office
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation $150,000 - $170,000

Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 

Washington, DC or Remote 

Salary Range: $150,000 to $170,000 

Are you an experienced senior leader and progressive advocate looking to make an impact at a growing social justice non-profit that punches well above its weight? 


Are you passionate about fighting systemic injustice and guided by the intersectional worldview that, as civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer said, “nobody’s free until everybody’s free?  
Are you a dynamic speaker and writer capable of speaking truth to power about what it would take for philanthropic institutions to be effective allies to grassroots movements?  

Have you used strategic communications to shift discourse and move individuals and institutions to actionwhile also strengthening your organization’s brand? Can you build strong fundraising relationships with funders - while also holding philanthropy accountable to grantees and the public interest?  


The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) is seeking qualified candidates for the newly created position of Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer. The position reports directly to NCRP’s President & CEO and is part of the senior leadership team, along with two other vice presidents. 

About NCRP 
NCRP works with movements for change to promote philanthropy that serves the public interest, is responsive to communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness. 


We envision a just and democratic society that includes a robust public sector empowered to protect and extend commonly held resources, social justice movements that give voice and power to marginalized communities, and equitable systems that enable all people to enjoy equal justice, full inclusion, and fair treatment. Philanthropy at its best contributes to this vision by aligning with social justice movements and groups that represent and engage communities impacted by structural inequality and marginalization. 


Founded in 1976, NCRP is part of a robust ecosystem of organizations advocating for philanthropy to leverage and share its power in partnership with social change groups. The annual budget for fiscal year 2022 was $3.7 million. NCRP has grown steadily for the past 15 years and is in a period of exciting expansion, with plans to increase to 26 full-time staff this year. The organization is governed by a board of directors comprised of leaders in progressive philanthropy and movements for change. Learn more about NCRP by visiting: 

About the Position: This person is the executive leader of NCRP’s broad external engagement with the philanthropic sector, serving as a high-profile organizational spokesperson and overseeing big picture communications, marketing, and fundraising strategy.  

Provide leadership on strategic communications/marketing efforts that advance NCRP’s theory of change (30%) 

  • Work with the Director of Strategic Communications to strengthen and expand NCRP’s marketing/branding strategy in alignment with the goal of reaching target audiences to frame, shape, and shift the philanthropic sector debate. 
  • Serve as the “brand champion” of the organization in internal and external settings.  
  • In partnership with the VP and Chief Strategy Officer, ensure alignment between divisions vis- à -vis cross organizational programmatic initiatives and campaigns 
  • In partnership with the VP and Chief Operating Officer, recruit, hire, and supervise communications and marketing department staff, manage their performance, provide direction for their tasks and deliverables, and develop staff knowledge and skills to ensure they continuously innovate, improve, and achieve excellent results. 

Oversee strategic fundraising efforts and integrate those efforts with programmatic goals (30%) 

  • Work with the Senior Director of Foundation Engagement to develop and oversee execution of NCRP’s overarching development strategy 
  • Cultivate and nurture NCRP’s relationships with current and prospective funders and work to advance or maintain relationships and secure funding. 
  • Foster strategic partnerships with allied NCRP funders and serve as an advocate for NCRP’s programmatic initiatives and philanthropic accountability work with this audience.  
  • In partnership with the VP and Chief Operating Officer, recruit, hire and supervise development staff, manage their performance, provide direction for their tasks and deliverables, and develop their skills to ensure they continuously innovate, improve, and achieve excellent results.  


Serve as a key senior spokesperson and representative for NCRP (20%) 

  • Represent the organization in high-profile or high-stakes settings, including meetings, conferences/convenings, funder negotiations, and coalitions as required. 
  • Communicate regularly to external audiences in philanthropy about ideas and issues important to the field/NCRP priorities. 
  • Speak to the media when requested to do so by NCRP’s Director of Strategic Communications.  


Provide thought partnership to other members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and significant organizational management and administrative leadership (20%) 

  • Participate in high-level strategy discussions and decision-making about programs, personnel, finances, budget, and other matters.  
  • Collaborate with members of the SLT to champion internal change management, facilitate cross-organizational alignment, ground staff in shared vision/mission, and help NCRP live up to its highest aspirations for internal culture and external impact. 
  • “Bottom line” responsibility for the biannual NCRP Impact Awards, ensuring it advances overarching programmatic goals and contributes to the theory of change.  
  • Provide high-level guidance on the learning and evaluation plan for your division. 
  • Maintain a continuous feedback loop between SLT and your team to ensure effective internal communication.   
  • Contribute to operations via oversight of your departmental budgets (as well as relevant cross-organizational programs) and ensure timely completion of administrative tasks by your staff.  


Travel as necessary to meet the above responsibilities. NCRP is a fully remote organization, but some travel to the home office in Washington D.C. and relevant external conferences and meetings is required.  


  • Demonstrates commitment to social justice and clear alignment with NCRP’s values and goals. 
  • Minimum of 10+ years’ experience in a senior leadership position, including significant staff management. 
  • Proven success employing strategic communications and savvy marketing for advocacy campaign wins and organizational brand building.  
  • Track record of successful fundraising and familiarity with the philanthropic sector. 
  • High energy level, strong work ethic, and proactive, creative problem-solving skills. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to relate well to a variety of individuals and a reputation for being a team player who works collaboratively internally and externally. 
  • Ability to quickly adapt to an ever-changing environment, implementing strategic adjustments and course corrections, identifying new opportunities, and making decisions both as an individual leader and in collaboration with key staff and Board Members. 


Keys to Success in the Approach (The How): 

  • Mastery of Communications Strategy: Develops mission-driven plans to reach target audiences and achieve results. Demonstrated track record with media relations, branding, marketing, writing, public speaking, and online/social media. 
  • Organizational leadership: Leads by example by modeling a high bar for performance and being an exemplar of our values; operates with the best interests of the organization in mind and able to make and communicate difficult decisions and lead internal change management. Brings a clear vision while recognizing the value of multiple perspectives and regularly includes others in planning and decision-making. 
  • Vision and Goal-setting: Adapts to the evolving needs of the organization and thinks 3 (or 30) steps ahead to develop solutions that achieve organizational goals and mission. 
  • Action-Oriented: Your bias is toward getting things done. That doesn’t mean that you don’t gather appropriate information first, but you drive work forward with an urgency to see results. 
  • Manage Up and Across: You keep the CEO and fellow VPs informed about the areas you lead and about relevant developments with staff you supervise. You ask for input, guidance, or a decision when you need it. 
  • Coaching orientation: You take the time to teach and offer useful and actionable feedback, make sure that people feel their efforts are appreciated, and expect that people will make mistakes and see those as opportunities for learning. 



The position offers an annual base salary of $150,000 to $170,000 depending on experience. NCRP also offers an exceptionally generous benefits package. 

Application Instructions 

To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume. The position will be filled as soon as the right candidate has been identified. Expected start date of December 2022 or January 2023.  

NCRP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ-identified candidates to apply. NCRP will provide, excepting any undue hardship, reasonable accommodation, on request, for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

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  • Location
    Remote or Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Executive Office
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $150,000 - $170,000