Communications Associate

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



New York
New York
United States


The Communications Associate plays a pivotal role in deploying Heron’s non-financial capital in support of its mission and its four strategic pillars. Reporting to the Vice President, Integrated Capitals, he/she leads Heron’s knowledge dissemination efforts, works closely with the President to manage strategic messaging, and stewards Heron’s public-facing position. In addition, the Communications Associate will be responsible for day-to-day management of Heron’s suite of communication tools.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Communications (10%)

Design (and update quarterly) a strategic communications plan that identifies influential channels that relate to Heron’s strategic pillars

Manage special media projects on behalf of the foundation


Content Development and Dissemination (40%)

Design and steward editorial schedules for Heron as they relate to Heron’s strategic priorities

Work with other members of Heron’s staff to identify, produce, and disseminate content about Heron’s work (including but not limited to articles, blogs, podcasts, interviews, and other forms of media)

Serve as the primary editorial professional for content generated by Heron staff

Create and update mailing lists that can be used to disseminate Heron’s content to strategically relevant communities


Communication Support for the President and Staff (20%)

Provide research, analysis, and communication support for the President and Vice Presidents

Advise the President on high-impact market-facing interactions

Generate talking points and relevant materials to ensure that the president, staff, and board are well prepared for interviews and other speaking engagements

Support the creation of presentations and written materials for Heron’s boards (including but not limited to the Board of Directors, Investment Committee, and advisory boards) 


Management of Heron’s Market-Facing Messaging (20%)

Facilitate internal and external communication on behalf of Heron

Update Heron’s website as appropriate

Leverage Heron’s social media outlets (including but not limited to Twitter, YouTube, etc.) with support from Heron’s staff as appropriate

Track a database of “Heron Mentions” that includes all market-facing references to Heron

Vendor Management (10%)

Manage Heron’s communications-related vendors (including but not limited to press relations professionals, web developers, and freelancers)





Robust written and verbal communication skills

Strong project management and prioritization skills (including the ability to create, adhere to, and help others manage deadlines)

Relevant technical training, including experience with Content Management Systems (CMSs) and new media platforms

Strong copy-editing skills and an attention to detail

Excellent strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to efficiently synthesize qualitative and quantitative data Exceptional relationship-building skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships and make connections across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders

Ability to thrive in a demanding environment and effectively adapt to shifting priorities

Strong financial and economic literacy


Attributes and mindset

Sound judgment

Commitment to mission

Team player

High level of intellectual curiosity

Flexibility and comfort navigating ambiguity


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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