Director of Communications

Sep 03, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
Marcia LoMonaco
Full Time
About FSG

At FSG, we are passionate about finding better ways to solve social problems. Established as Foundation Strategy Group by co-founders Mark Kramer and Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter in 2000, FSG is a non-profit consulting firm which works across all sectors by partnering with foundations, corporations, school systems, nonprofits, and governments in every region of the globe. Our goal is to help organizations—individually and collectively—create greater social impact. FSG achieves impact through our consulting services, field and grant-funded research, partnerships, events, communities of practice, and published work. Hundreds of thousands of people, in all parts of the world, have read or shared our research, and our ideas have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TED talks, and the Economist.

Our approach is founded on the beliefs that:

•Funders and nonprofits can play a catalytic role in driving social impact, using evidence-based strategies and strategic evaluation and learning processes to solve targeted social problems
•Corporations can create shared value by using their core capabilities in ways that contribute to both social progress and economic success
•Better alignment within the social sector can lead to a collective impact that no single organization alone could achieve.

The FSG team cares deeply about social impact. We have a passion for solving problems—and the right combination of on-the-ground experience and world-class skills to achieve results. Our employees work across the globe and are dedicated to achieving impact by:

•Creating fresh ideas and practical tools that boost the success of social change makers in all sectors. FSG applies innovative thinking, experience, and research and evaluation skills to generate insights leading to new levels of cross-sector social impact
•Consulting with clients to build strategies that lead to powerful results. FSG provides tailored advice drawn from assessment and analysis of complex issues and broad exploration of effective approaches and solutions
•Connecting peers and communities to each other and to effective practices, so each gains from the knowledge of all. FSG brings together leaders who are hungry to exchange information, elevate learning and create collective impact on shared priorities for social change.

Director of Communications (Boston)

Reporting to the senior Managing Director, the Director of Communications position is responsible for creating and implementing the communications vision and strategy for FSG. Related brands include the Shared Value Initiative, CF Insights, and the forthcoming Collective Impact Forum. As a Director, this individual will be a member of the Leadership Group, partnering with leaders throughout the firm to advise them on how best to leverage the power of communication strategies to advance social impact.


•Manage the overall communications strategy for FSG
•In partnership with senior leaders, create a comprehensive communications strategy that will enable FSG to maximize our social impact through our consulting, thought-leadership and key initiatives
•Serve as the communications “visionary;” consistently bring an understanding of communications trends, best practices and technologies and how these might be best utilized given our organizational goals and resources
•Communicate FSG’s complex and powerful ideas to global audiences; engage diverse sets of audiences in a way that fosters development of community
•Build global communities of practice and work collaboratively with the communication departments of multinational corporations and global NGOs
•Provide communications oversight and thought partnership to the Shared Value Initiative, CF Insights, and the forth-coming Collective Impact Forum
•In partnership with our Sr. Knowledge Manager, create and implement strategies for important internal communications; act as an internal champion for the idea that every staff member is an ambassador of FSG
•Advise case teams and other internal groups and help them identify communications strategies to delivering higher levels of impact
•Oversee public relations for the firm, including media outreach, events, and FSG’s speaking strategy
•Manage and execute on communications projects and initiatives such as intellectual capital creation, website and video assets, and campaigns supporting our thought-leaders
•Execute an internal corporate communications plan to connect FSG’s communications goals with the firm goals and foster connections between the communications department and the consulting side of the business
•Lead and mentor our team of dedicated communications professionals to help them achieve professional success in their roles; work with individual team members to support their professional development goals; be an advocate for the communications team, and advocate for cutting-edge resources

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following experiences, skills and qualities:

•More than 7 years’ leadership experience in Communications, with experience in social sector organizations and/or professional services firms developing and executing strategies on a global scale
•Proven commitment and passion for the social sector and FSG’s mission to drive social impact
•Excellent project, team and stakeholder management skills
•Ability to build relationships, influence and work effectively within a complex, multi-player environment involving both external stakeholders (private sector and public sector) as well as internal stakeholders (FSG staff, Board and various advisors)
•Keen understanding of promoting thought-leadership and intellectual capital content to strengthen an organization’s brand and differentiation
•Adept in forming and maintaining external partnerships and networks to promote the FSG brand
•Professional experience using and leading others on key communications technology tools such as web-based project and content management systems, social media tools as well as search engine optimization
•Sophisticated ability to analyze web and social media analytics to use in guiding strategy
•Expertise using and overseeing the production of websites, online communities, videos, webinars, infographics and other multimedia web content
•An entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in a changing, a fast-paced, high performing world-class organization
•Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication and presentation skills; ability to quickly distill complex concepts into interesting and digestible pieces
•A profound enjoyment for leading and mentoring individuals in their professional development
•Intellectual curiosity coupled with a sense of humor
•Independent thinking with openness and excitement for new ideas; passion for collegial team environment and working with multiple colleagues on different projects at the same time
•High level of proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
•Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree, or similar advanced degree preferred

Please note, candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

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