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Director, Communications


Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. We build, lead, and support efforts to change the systems that contribute to problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. HU is part of The Omidyar Group, which represents the philanthropic, personal and professional interests of the Omidyar family.


The Director of Communications is a principal member of the HU Communications team, charged with developing and executing strategy for communications and media activities in support of the organization as well as HU’s DC-based human trafficking, peace building and policy operations.

The Director of Communications will work across Humanity United with a variety of team members as a thought partner, strategy developer, and implementer of communications initiatives in support of HU and the organization’s work. Further, the Director will hire and manage a direct report, as well as day-to-day management of other external communications teams and partners. The Director will report to the SF- based Managing Director.

Qualified candidates will have extensive and broad experience developing and executing communications plans across a variety of platforms. Candidates should have an understanding of human rights and international affairs and how the advocacy and policy communities work to advance issues related to HU’s portfolios.


  • Work with HU’s policy and program teams to deepen understanding of how communications can be used to advance HU’s work.
  • Contribute to HU’s overall communications strategy, goals and annual work plans.
  • Actively seek out and develop potential partners and coalitions needed to advance HU’s work.
  • Cultivate relationships with relevant reporters and media organizations.
  • Oversee high-touch communication projects with a wide range of internal and
  • external constituencies in a fast-paced environment requiring rapid
  • prioritization and multitasking.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan to build HU’s public advocacy
  • properties.
  • Contribute to HU’s culture.
  • Lead and support other projects as required.


  • A commitment to humility, empathy, and learning are a must.
  • 10+ years of professional experience working on issues related to human rights,
  • international development, philanthropy and/or policy advocacy with a non- profit organization, foundation, government entity, private sector, or inter- governmental organization.
  • Advanced degree in international affairs, communications, public policy, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience managing direct reports in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, influence others, and offer strategic
  • perspective.
  • Strong analytical skills; prior experience with investing/grantmaking preferred.
  • Strong teamwork and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and high levels of initiative.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • French language a plus.

Other duties from time to time as determined by institutional priorities.

Humanity United is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination. 

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