Career Opportunities

Director of Communications at How I Decide Foundation

Organization Description:

Founded in 2014, How I Decide is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Philadelphia.  Our team is composed of academics, educators, and business professionals, and our work synthesizes insights from multiple disciplines ranging from mindfulness to neuroscience to the behavioral sciences. For four years, we successfully developed and distributed award-winning and nationally recognized programs related to youth decision making. We are now shifting from a strategy of program development and distribution to one of building and catalyzing the field of decision education for youth.

Our new work will focus on identifying, coordinating, and amplifying the efforts of individuals and organizations in the field of decision education for youth. We aim to find, bring together, and support a growing community committed to the vision that improved decision-making is the key to a better collective future, and dedicated to the effort to equip youth with the skills to be better decision makers throughout their lives.

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Position Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, branding, website, social media, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the How I Decide Foundation’s mission and engage its stakeholder community. The Director of Communications will ensure that the How I Decide Foundation is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within this diverse network and constituent base.

The Director of Communications will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.


  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network’s discrete audiences in collaboration with the How I Decide team and constituents
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and brand awareness, as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters, social media postings, and the How I Decide Foundation’s websites
  • Coordinate and organize annual meetings that engage the network’s discreet audiences
  • Mentor and lead team members responsible for the How I Decide Foundation’s websites’ administration and coordination
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance–ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
  • Coordinate social media engagement – ensure that new and consistent information is posted regularly
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time
  • Manage all media contacts


The How I Decide Foundation is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications who has at least 10 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (based on number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Experience or interest in education and/or cognitive science is a plus

Application Process:

Please email your resume, a cover letter (stating minimum salary requirements), and samples of previous communications work to by September 1, 2018.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  How I Decide is an equal opportunity employer.