April 28 - 8:00
Catherine Donnelly Foundation





Communications & Policy Officer - Position Summary:                           

The Communications & Policy Officer is responsible for furthering the Foundation’s mission by amplifying grantee voice and sharing our progressive practice to impact the public and
philanthropic space.

In addition, the Communications & Policy Officer plays a leading role in organizing the Foundation’s educational and promotional events, researching issues of importance and
relevance to the Foundation, and seeking out ways of collaborating with other foundations/funders working in a similar field of interest. Under the direction of the Executive Director, and as part of a team the Communications & Policy Officer works in close coordination with the Director of Finance & Investment, the Program Officer, the Grants & Office Coordinator and various Board and Committee members. The Communications & Policy Officer reports his or her activities to the Executive Director on a regular basis.


  • Prepare evidence-based storytelling from our grant making (drawn from a variety of
  • sources including applications, final grant reports and research in the field).
  • Interview selected grantees, program staff, field leaders and advisors to capture lessons
  • learned in advancing program objectives that could be summarized in an impact
  • (working paper) series.
  • Assist program staff with the execution of the communication and dissemination of
  • findings from convening meetings and participating in conferences.
  • Research issues of importance and relevance to the Foundation and seek out ways of
  • collaborating with other foundations/funders working in a similar field of interest.
  • Plan content of “cross-committee” learning sessions.
  • Collect, circulate and catalogue materials of interest to the Foundation and to its target
  • constituencies on an ongoing basis.
  • Work at strengthening the communications capacity of our grantees.
  • Assist in the development of a communications strategy; assist with placement and
  • preparation of op-ed articles and letters; website updates; maintain an active social
  • media presence; prepare press releases and newsletter.


  • Must be a self-starter with exceptional research, writing and editing skills, be able to gain a substantive understanding of the organization quickly and possess strong computer, organizational and oral communication skills.
  • Team oriented with an ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of the not-for-profit, charitable and philanthropic sectors.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing work and to perform well under
  • pressure.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of people including grant
  • partners, government and media.
  • Conversant in various social media platforms.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, communications or journalism.
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in the communications field.

Application deadline: April 29, 2019
Start date: June 2019

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter as a single PDF
to jobs@catherinedonnellyfoundation.org with the subject line, “Application
for Communications & Policy Officer Position.” Your cover letter should be no more than one
page, and the filename of your PDF should follow the format: