Director of External Communications

Tides’ stories are rich, human-centered, and laser focused on advancing social justice. Tap into your super powers to leverage Tides’ deep expertise and point of view across channels — events, media, thoughts leadership — ultimately to influence the social sector to join us in our mission. This is an opportunity to shape, define, and share Tides’ voice and story and the stories of our partners.

About Tides:

Tides is a nonprofit and philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing social justice. We leverage our vast network of partners who work towards a shared purpose — to shift power to communities that face systemic barriers. Centering equity and justice in everything we do, we collaborate in deep partnership with movement leaders, nonprofits, foundations, corporations, and donors to amplify the impact of their work. We support the agency and leadership of communities of color by providing services and solutions like fiscal sponsorship, donor advised funds, capacity building, grantmaking, impact investing, and a variety of innovative solutions. Learn about our transformative services and how to partner with us at


  • Design and drive an earned and owned media and event strategy to raise the brand profile of Tides with clear goals and actionable key performance indicators
  • Identify opportunities for brand positioning through thought leadership, speaking opportunities, Tides-led events, and sponsorships
  • Create written messaging, talking points, brand guidelines, and style guides that enable a consistent brand voice
  • Build a messenger strategy and conduct media trainings for those messengers to empower them to tell our story
  • Increase the visibility of Tides’ brand by securing placements with high-impact media platforms and speaking opportunities that reach our target audiences
  • Develop segment-specific points of view based on Tides’ expertise in specific issue areas
  • Develop compelling written content including press releases, op-eds, impact stories, presentations, event panels, talking points and scripts
  • Work with writers to shape stories and approve all final communications deliverables, ensuring brand consistency and messaging discipline
  • Build strategic relationships with journalists to further Tides’ mission, leveraging partners, grantees, and influencers to reach target audiences
  • Respond to media inquiries in a timely manner and represent Tides at events, conferences, speaking engagements as needed
  • Own the development of sustainable systems and processes for crisis communications and responsiveness to the news cycle, in partnership with the digital team
  • Serve as a guide, mentor, and manager to direct reports to develop their skill set over time

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A background working in strategic communications, with experience raising a brand’s profile and developing thought leaders
  • A clear understanding of how to develop communications plans with clear goals, target audiences, and messaging strategies
  • Extensive knowledge of the media landscape and strong network of relationships in the social impact sector
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to create, edit, and shape compelling content
  • A track record of securing strategic media placements, speaking opportunities, and events that reach target audiences
  • A history of effective resource allocation, managing staffing, external vendors, and budgets to deliver work on time and within budget
  • High self-awareness with the ability to work effectively with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives while elevating Tides’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience using media monitoring, outreach, and analytics tools to make rapid response work more efficient and effective
  • Dedication to our mission to to shift power to communities that face systemic barriers

More Information:

Our digital stack includes:

  • Salesforce
  • Pardot
  • WordPress
  • Cision
  • Canto (DAM)
  • Canva

Location: Fully remote, located in the United States

Reports to: Senior Director of Marketing and Communications


  • Senior Manager of External Communications
  • Project Manager, Marketing and Communications

Salary: This is a full-time exempt position.

Salary range based on geo-differentials, most commonly positioned at the midpoint for a given market:

  • $154,600 – $231,800 = High market
  • $140,500 – $210,700 = Moderate market
  • $128,800 – $193,200 = National market

Tides is committed to providing a competitive compensation package. The starting salary for this role is based on geographic location, years of experience, and ensuring pay equity within the organization. The recruiting team is committed to sharing more details regarding compensation based on the candidate’s experience and location during the interview process. Tides offers a generous benefits package including: comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, life and disability insurances, retirement plan, educational assistance, confidential counseling and life balance resources designed to support the passion, commitment and energy that is vital to our team members.

Important Information: Any Tides Network employee who wishes to use the office or travel to the office must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and boosted. You are required to submit proof of vaccination to the Human Resources Department at least 2 days before your first visit to the office. Employees who do not have vaccination information on file will not be permitted in the building.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Yes

Classification: Non-Bargaining Unit – Manager

Application deadline: July 26, 2023

How to Apply

Click the “Apply for this position” link below and submit a resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Applicants with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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