Senior Director of Communications

Stroke Onward
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Stroke Onward is an all-remote work environment. Team members can be based anywhere within the United States. We trust our team members to deliver great outcomes regardless of their location.

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Stroke Onward aims to provide compensation that is on par when compared to other national nonprofit organizations focused on health equity outcomes, that are similar to SO in size and scope.

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8–10 years, 5–7 years

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Ideal start date

September 1, 2024

About the role

Stroke Onward is seeking a mission-driven, entrepreneurial communications strategist who is well rounded in the disciplines of brand development (driving awareness), marketing (driving stakeholders to take action), reputation management (fostering positive perceptions of your organization and cause), public relations (finding new ways to disseminate information), and fundraising (compelling donors and funders to give).

Why this role matters

In this role, you will set the strategy and take the lead shaping and building Stroke Onward’s external voice and presence. This will include cultivating relationships with potential partners, media, funders, and collaborators.

Primary duties and responsibilities

An approximate breakdown of the role is as follows:

Overall Responsibilities:

  • (20%) Set the Strategy by creating a full communications plan with goals and benchmarks that align with the organization’s goals and objectives

  • (30%) Build, Design, Manage Content by creating an asset library,  publishing brand-enhancing or informational content that drive stakeholders to take action, engage with stakeholders in an authentic, meaningful way 

  • (30%) Guide and steward existing projects website, social media, newsletter, annual report, SO Resource Hub, SO Toolkits, Speakers Series

  • (20%) Manage Reputation and Relationships by engaging with stakeholders in an authentic, meaningful way; fostering relationships with external partners and members of the media, serve as a voice of the organization   

Typical schedule

While 9am-5pm are considered normal working hours, team members adjust their schedules accordingly.

Tools used

  • Comfort with using the latest AI tools to ensure that content reaches the widest possible global audience

  • Familiarity with analytic tools to measure the impact of different communications efforts

About the team

What You Can Expect from Us

  • A diverse team that is passionate about advancing our mission

  • Co-founders and a board of directors fully committed to a professionally run, entrepreneurial and growth-focused  nonprofit 

  • A team of collaborators with a healthy understanding of prudent risk

  • A culture of learning and inspiration to collectively develop ourselves and our work

Who we're looking for

What We Need Right Now:

  1. Create, solidify, and manage messages that give voice to SO purpose, mission, vision, and values

  2. Design an overall communications strategy which could include a narrative campaign, social media, website redesign, marketing and advertising

  3. Build collateral - website, speaking decks, sponsorship packages, fundraising asks, social media etc.

  4. Develop a media toolkit

  5. Monitor brand reputation and discussions

  6. Manage consultants and team members as necessary

Skills and knowledge

We’re Looking For

  • A strong strategic thinker who is action oriented,  with demonstrated experience in the building of a full communications department within social impact and/or a relevant field

  • A clear passion for developing content about Stroke Onward’s mission with multiple audiences

  • Strong verbal and written communications – capable of producing clear and engaging content and collateral  for a variety of audiences

  • A deep listener, able to continuously integrate what we’re hearing and learning into compelling communications

  • Service and relationship orientation, with a knack for building trusting relationships – demonstrating curiosity, empathy, care & candor 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • The ability and desire to work in a team environment but also feel confident working independently

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work with a high level of accuracy

Traits and attributes

  • Motivation to advance equity and justice across a wide spectrum of communities and contexts

  • Self-awareness, receptiveness to growing through feedback, and accountability to one’s own behaviors and impact

  • Clear connection and/or passion for our work  

Compensation and benefits

The salary includes participation in our benefits program: medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability coverage, 401k contribution, generous PTO. A Total Rewards Statement will be provided as part of the interview process.

Stroke Onward catalyzes system change to ensure that survivors and carepartners are fully supported on their emotional journey in rebuilding identity in recovery

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Portola Valley, CA, USA

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