The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is looking for an energetic, entrepreneurial Director of Communications to help shape the global conversation about food systems transformation and to direct communications campaigns on a range of related issues, including the climate-food nexus, aquatic foods, agroecology, food justice, food sovereignty and food security, and more. This role is an opportunity to be part of a fast-paced, global organization to help shift the conversation about food systems transformation and uplift the ways philanthropy and its partners can drive change.
The Director of Communications will manage external and member communications and leverage the strengths of the Global Alliance member organizations for impact. This person will bring a creative and collaborative work ethic to our small, nimble, and versatile team, working in close partnership with the organization’s membership, partners, and Executive Director. This is a remote, consultancy position, with the possibility of moving to a salaried position.
Who We Are
The Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GA) is a strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others for collective action on food systems transformation grounded in a vision of food systems that are renewable, resilient, equitable, healthy, diverse, inclusive, and interconnected. At the heart of our work are our members and global Secretariat team who collaborate with our Allied Initiatives, partners in civil society, funder affinity groups and intermediaries, governments and the private sector, and engage with global fora.
Our mission is to leverage our collective resources and networks to help shift food and agriculture systems toward greater sustainability, security, and equity. We believe in the urgency of transforming global food systems and in the power of working together and with others to effect positive change.
The Global Alliance works at the intersections of climate, public health, biodiversity, human and Indigenous rights, cultural diversity, and community well-being. We catalyze food system transformation through three core strategies:
After more than 10 years, we are even more convinced of the potential for bold philanthropic leadership, in partnership with allies around the world, for profound food systems change. Our team is passionate about our mission and we believe our philanthropic foundation members, along with other partners, provide a powerful force for our bold calls to action. For more information, please visit www.futureoffood.org.
The Global Alliance is a project of the Meridian Institute, our fiscal sponsor.
As the Director of Communications, you will be responsible for designing and implementing the Global Alliance's internal and external communications strategy in close partnership with the Executive Director, the Secretariat, the Steering Committee, and external consultants. You’ll engage across stakeholders including Global Alliance members and our many partners around the world. You’ll create and support initiatives and strategies to promote transformational change in food systems and a shift in the philanthropic sector and be a lead strategist on all things communications across all platforms, collaborating with members, Secretariat, partners, and consultants to support the GA’s priorities.
Overall Communications Strategy:
Media Relations and Thought Leadership:
Brand and Issues Management:
Alliance-Building and Member Engagement:
Operations and Secretariat Support:
The Director of Communications will manage a small team, which includes the organization’s Digital Communications Coordinator, contract writers, and outside agency partners.
The Global Alliance is looking for someone who has experience and a record of success leading communications campaigns and initiatives. The right candidate will be nimble, thinking strategically across platforms—from media, social media, and content to convenings and partnerships.
The Director of Communications should be collaborative, excited to partner with a new Executive Director with ambitious communications goals, and able to both lead and do—setting strategy and executing work within a small team. Some qualifications we’re looking for include:
Additional “nice to have” experience includes familiarity with food systems transformation and related issues such as the climate crisis, global development, and/or experience in philanthropy. Lived experience in the Global South and someone who understands the perspective of the Global South/Global Majority will be helpful to supporting communications on our strategies that connect the local to global around the world. In addition, experience working with a members-based organization would be helpful, particularly in the lead work on member communications for this role.
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