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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Location: Houston, TX

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Department: Communications

Report to: Director of Strategic Communications

Travel: Occasional travel expected

Position Overview

The Communications Team at one of the largest philanthropies in the country is looking for an experienced and innovative Communications Manager who thrives on making the complex accessible and the important inspirational. The Communications Manager will partner with our programmatic teams to strategize and execute communications of all kinds that support and elevate the teams’ goals. Is telling stories what you do? Are you equally pumped to land a top-tier media story about prison reform as you are to plan a convening of experts to talk about surprise medical billing? Love to never have the same day twice? This may be the role for you.

This position requires cross-organizational collaboration and relationships and the ability to quickly gain expertise in a variety of strategic areas. Experience reporting about or communicating on behalf of social justice policy issues would be ideal in a candidate. This is a unique opportunity to join a forward-thinking, results-driven team as it grows and evolves to most effectively tell stories around some of the most pressing, complex issues of our time.

The Communications Manager will create targeted communications including written stories, op-eds, video scripts, and presentations. The ability to humanize compelling stories in multiple formats and distill complex systems and ideas is crucial. If you have a track record of strategic storytelling and want to put that to work making a difference, we want to talk to you.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with the programmatic teams, as assigned, and a wide variety of grantees and partners, working to build communications planning into internal and external projects
  • In coordination with the Director of Strategic Communications, develop communications plans for Arnold Ventures’ and grantees’ work that include owned, earned, and paid media, in support of short- and long-term goals
  • Create content, including digital stories, informational graphics, executive communiques, annual reports, fact sheets, op-ed submissions and more
  • Advise programmatic teams on message framing, media positioning, and utilization of communications consultants
  • Manage freelancers and consultants in order to flex capacity and access expertise
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local, state, and national media
  • Develop and manage grantee communications strategies, protocols, and materials
  • Review and guide issue briefs, solution papers, written public testimony, and requests for proposals
  • In coordination with media relations manager, recommend and develop press releases and media advisories, strategic media pitches, and opportunities for internal experts to weigh in on an issue
  • Coordinate digital media strategies with communications team members, ensuring alignment with both programmatic and broader organization goals
  • Develop and lead comprehensive strategies for public launches and announcements, following communications and event-planning best practices

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least five years of experience as a strategic communications professional, journalist, or in a related communications role
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field


  • Experience developing and executing communications plans
  • Extensive writing and editing experience
  • Ability to communicate across a wide variety of platforms (i.e. digital, print, speechwriting, etc.)
  • Ability to evaluate complex information, see all sides of an issue, and provide communications recommendations
  • Ability to identify how individual work connects to the bigger picture
  • Experience crafting messages for specific target audiences (i.e. general public, practitioners, public officials, etc.)
  • Ability to multitask and simultaneously handle a variety of projects
  • Responds effectively to unclear situations and seeks to resolve ambiguity, adapt to change, and make progress
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Track record of working hard and having fun doing it
  • Ability to build a sense of energy toward common goals within our work
  • Actively seeks feedback from a variety of sources; asks clarifying questions to understand and improve impact on others and overall team performance

Core Values

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

We ask that you include a cover letter and writing samples in addition to your resume when applying for the Communications Manager position.

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.



Arnold Ventures funds projects to understand problems and identify policy solutions.

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