Nov 07, 2022

Vice President, Communications

  • On-Ramps
  • Remote (New York, NY, USA)
Full-Time Marketing/Communications

Job Description


The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund (NIRH Action Fund) are advocacy groups that fight for just and equitable access to reproductive health care and build political power for reproductive freedom. For decades, our strategy has been to go on the offensive, at the state and local level, so we have a long track record of passing laws that are safeguarding and advancing access.

In states and cities across the country, we launch campaigns, change policy, and elect candidates who champion our cause, all by working hand-in-hand with reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations; health care providers; and other groups invested in this fight. We partner in communities where change is needed and where we can make a difference. At the national level, we engage in groundbreaking public opinion research, proactive policy initiatives, and innovative advocacy campaigns to help reshape the national conversation about reproductive freedom.

Our approach to advocacy, policy, and politics strives to center the people who are most impacted by barriers to care, historically underserved, and often under-represented — Black women and Black communities, Indigenous and other communities of color, low-income people, and immigrants.

We don't just push back against restrictions on reproductive autonomy; we fight for a society in which everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.


The Vice President, Communications will lead a communications and marketing effort for the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund (NIRH/NIRH-AF), directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization's mission and brand reputation with identified audiences, while elevating NIRH's goals with policy makers and other key stakeholders. The VP will be responsible for development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of strategic communications activities and will serve as an ambassador for the organization, building a strong narrative and consistent brand -- both within and outside the organization.

As a key member of the Leadership Team, the Vice President of Communications will lead and motivate a team of in-house staff and external consultants to implement the communications and marketing program across channels (e.g., print, web, presentations, video, visual and digital media, social media, media relations, community relations, special events, technical and program documentation).

Reporting to the Executive Vice President (EVP), the Vice President of Communications will manage a team of 3 dedicated and talented professionals, as well as consultants and vendors.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Organizational and Strategic Leadership

  • Serve as an active member of the Leadership Team, effectively acting as a thought leader in discussions related to organization mission and implementation of the strategic plan
  • Develop and refine a compelling narrative and messaging about the organization; its mission, vision, and values; and its forward-looking agenda for the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement grounded in state and local advocacy and racial equity
  • Design and execute compelling strategies to broaden awareness and define key audiences; ensure those audiences are connected to and engaged in NIRH's work; monitor and support a portfolio of strategic projects and programs to support communications goals
  • Play a leadership role in developing communications and messaging strategies for NIRH's partners and for the field overall, including through public opinion research
  • Provide support to the President in the development of content, updates, and information for distribution to internal and external audiences
  • Collaborate with the Chief Development Officer and development team to help drive greater donor support for the organization through communications outreach strategies, collateral development, and messaging
  • Represent and serve as a decision-maker within scope for Communications in cross-departmental meetings
  • Establish goals, metrics, and reports to define and measure success; utilize testing (A/B, multivariate) to optimize all activity; set KPIs and benchmarks to measure success
  • Support partner collaboration and provide technical assistance as appropriate; work with other movement organizations to develop messaging for the field and advance movement goals

Team Management and Oversight

  • Manage the communications team, providing supervision and support of communications professionals, and ensuring that the team is meeting short and long term goals
  • Serve as a model and culture carrier, fostering an inclusive environment for all who work in, with, and alongside the National Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Ensure that all leaders and departments have the information and resources to meet their goals; engage in ongoing internal communications to provide and receive relevant information from NIRH's senior leaders
  • Create and enhance the direction and tone of NIRH's communications and digital content; oversee continued website development and maintenance, leading both in-house and vendor website project management, including the development and launch of 501(c)(4) website, leading strategy and implementation of site development
  • Manage the life of the department - plan staff retreats, including helping to craft agendas for various Communications staff meetings; monitor professional development needs of department; help manage staffing, performance improvement plans; help to facilitate goal setting process
  • Inform the Finance and operations teams in their work with leadership as part of the annual budgeting and reforecasting process, while managing day to day budget
  • Manage ongoing relationships with outside vendors; identify NIRH needs for in-house work vs. outside vendors and strategize accordingly
  • Create strategies for and and oversee media relations and social media; ensure NIRH website is compelling, up-to-date, and informative
  • Manage administrative work, overseeing contract statuses, invoices, payments, etc., delegating and following up as needed for timely payments, renewals, etc.
  • Special projects as assigned

Hiring Organization

National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)


  • A minimum of eight years of related, progressively responsible work experience in media relations, communications, digital, brand marketing and/or non-profit management, including supervisory and management experience
  • Knowledge of diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce, and sensitivity and appreciation of cultural differences
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Experience managing and moving the work in large, complex organizations; strong practice of clear priority-setting and communication of priorities and expectations
  • Deep knowledge of modern communications strategies; with an up-to-date understanding of what makes a modern communications operation successful
  • Creativity and the ability to develop strategies and solve problems amidst ambiguity and external challenges
  • Professional maturity, serving as a trustworthy leader and manager in the face of crisis or high stress situations
  • Detail-orientation and excellent project management skills, with ability to handle multiple projects and tasks, often in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a track record of delivering strong written materials and presentations
  • Ability to see, understand and communicate the big picture as well as translate into actionable next steps
  • Passion for NIRH/NIRH-AF's mission of advancing proactive policy at the state and local level – and securing new policies to expand access to abortion and contraception and promote health equity

Industry/Service Area

Public Policy




NIRH encourages staff to work in the ways that best enable their own productivity and well-being, whether that is on-site, remote, or a hybrid of the two.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary will be in the $140,000 to $160,000 range

NIRH offers generous benefits, including:

  • Providing and paying 100% of the premiums for individual medical and dental coverage
  • Subsidizing 90% of coverage for families/dependents ( this coverage is reviewed annually)
  • Offering Fifteen paid vacation days per year, 12 sick days, four personal days, and 12 paid holidays; offices are closed for a seasonal/winter break at the discretion of the President
  • Providing a 401K retirement savings program, with a match which becomes available after six months of full-time employment
  • Covering 100% of supplemental Short-Term and Long-Term disability policies
  • Offering a flexible spending account and Transitchek benefits

Application Instructions

Qualified Individuals, please apply:

EEO statement The National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH and NIRH Action Fund strives to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH aims to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous/native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled/differently abled people, immigrants, and low-income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Equity Statement NIRH and NIRH Action Fund staff and board have committed to racial equity, and as such have been engaged in a multi-year process to adopt a racial equity lens across the organizations. We are a reproductive health and rights organization that incorporates reproductive justice values into our work. We recognize the interconnectivity of identities, such as race, socio-economic status, immigration status, ability, and sex, including sexual orientation, and gender identity, and how they interact with systems of oppressions to shape and impact a person's freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives. As a result, this person will join an organization that's currently engaged in shifting its institutional framework.

Like the National Institute for Reproductive Health, On-Ramps is deeply committed to equity. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose.

Accommodation Statement: On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact

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