Job Posting: Chief of Staff to the CEO

About The Pop Culture Collaborative

The Pop Culture Collaborative (“the Collaborative”) is a first-of-its-kind philanthropic resource and funder learning community working to transform the narrative landscape in America around people of color, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, and Indigenous peoples—especially those who are women, queer, transgender, and/or disabled—through partnerships between the social justice sector and the entertainment, advertising, and media industries.

With the vision and backing of a bold set of philanthropic investors (“Managing Partners”) and other donors, in 2016 the Collaborative began building a five-year grantmaking fund to advance this vital work – and accelerate the impact of artists, social justice advocates, culture change strategists, tech innovators, academics, and others to affect change through entertainment and narratives in mass media.

For more about the Pop Culture Collaborative, visit www.popcollab.org.

 

The Role

The Pop Culture Collaborative is seeking an experienced, innovative and visionary Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer who will work closely with her, and collaboratively with the broader, entrepreneurial team to advance the ambitious field-building and cultural impact goals of the organization.

This thoughtful leader will also select and manage a diverse set of project specific consultants and content producers to ensure successful execution and representation of the work. The Chief of Staff to the CEO role requires strong leadership skills and entrepreneurial instincts. The successful candidate will be expected to act with self-direction, a collaborative spirit, and an advanced level of social emotional intelligence.

 

Role Overview

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief of Staff to the CEO will lead in the research & development and design of a range of special initiatives, including the incubation of new programs, cultivation of new donor relationships and emergent communities of practice within philanthropy and the field, development of internal documents and published work, and management of key relationships within the ecosystem of the Pop Culture Collaborative partners and allies.

Expand philanthropic support of pop culture for social change field

Using best practices for community building, support the Collaborative’s goal to grow and sustain a thriving community of pop culture for social change grantmakers and donors.

  • Manage the leadership team’s relationship-building strategy with Managing Partners (donors), including ensuring that this community of funders is well informed about the Collaborative’s achievements via written or other creative communication, and organizing virtual and in-person gatherings of our Managing Partners in collaboration with our Events & Operations team.
  • Work with our Senior Advisor for Philanthropic Investments to co-design and project manage the formation of our Entertain Change: Philanthropy grantmakers community of practice, a network of more than 100 philanthropic leaders who are expanding their knowledge of and ability to fund the pop culture narrative change field.
  • Project manage the internal team responsible for developing Managing Partnership and other donor presentations, proposals and insight reports, including conducting political, field landscaping, or narrative research projects; identifying and working with subject matter experts to develop new content; conducting grantee and staff interviews to harvest insights; and collaborating with staff, content strategists, writers, and editors to finalize documents.
  • As needed, represent the Pop Culture Collaborative at funder briefings and convenings to nurture relationships and stay informed of trends in philanthropy and needs in the field.
  • Project manage the development of those funder learning tools and learning immersion content spearheaded by the CEO, including collaborating with the executive leadership team to design agendas and processes for funder learning events.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with our fiscal sponsor around our Managing Partner and other donor relationships.

Support the growth of a networked, resourced community

  • Work with the executive leadership team as an early project lead to incubate emergent initiatives, including management of and early planning for new narrative change grantmaking and field-building strategies in the following areas: disability innovation; trans futurism; and pop culture content for adolescents.
  • Serve as a primary organizer of the Collaborative’s emerging Advisory Network (Senior Advisors and Fellows; field leaders; philanthropic advisors; and external consultants).

Advance the Collaborative’s thought leadership and storytelling

With vision and ambition, collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer and broader staff to share the vision, strategy, impact, and brand story of the Pop Culture Collaborative by developing a range of communications, strategy, and storytelling assets.

  • Work with the CEO to develop short form and long-term writing projects, including op-eds, commissioned essays, white papers, strategy blueprints, and book proposals.
  • Produce content and write scripts for story projects related to the CEO’s thought leadership (videos, podcasts, etc.).
  • Write and revise scripts, talking points, speaker notes, presentation decks, and videos for the CEO’s public appearances and speeches.

Actively contribute to the effectiveness and success of the Collaborative team

  • As needed, develop public-facing organizational correspondence for our audience of grantees, funders, and/or allies.
  • Participate in our staff-wide collaboration to develop agendas and specific content for staff retreats.
  • Coordinate the documentation teams (notetakers, graphic illustration, video, photography) for major meetings and gatherings, including the analysis and synthesis of notes in order to create strategic recommendations, advance actionable plans, or propose new initiatives.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years in positions of increasing responsibility and leadership
  • Writing experience that touches on subjects and style related to the intersection of culture, entertainment and social justice
  • Advanced communication skills including written and verbal fluency in English language
  • Very strong attention to detail, skilled at managing competing priorities, and adept at working fluidly across diverse program areas
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Sensitivity to individual and group dynamics, including a keen ability to sense openings or tensions, and great instincts for how to navigate them
  • Team player committed to collaboration and the success of the Collaborative’s vision
  • A passion for and deep knowledge of pop culture, narrative change, and social justice
  • Donor relationship development experience a plus
  • A self-starter, comfortable working independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent knowledge and use of the internet, email, and applications including G-Suite, Dropbox and Microsoft Office

 

Location/Travel

The Pop Culture Collaborative is a small team that operates remotely (work from home) from all around the country. While this role is also remote, it will require travel (20%) once pandemic restrictions are lifted. NYC-based preferred, but not required.

 

Compensation

This is a salaried position at an annual range of $85,000 to $95,000 based on experience. This role is for full-time employment that includes the Collaborative’s benefits package: paid vacation, personal, and sick leave; standard health, dental, and vision; employer contributions to a 401k retirement account; parental/dependent leave; and a commuter transit benefit.

 

Ready to Apply?

Deesha Dyer from Hook & Fasten has been retained for this search. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and 2 professional references to careers@hookandfasten.com with the subject line: PCC – Chief of Staff. If you require alternate accommodations to apply, please inquire at careers@hookandfasten.com. All applications and inquiries are kept confidential.

The Pop Culture Collaborative is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. (RPA). RPA is an equal opportunity employer. For more on The Pop Culture Collaborative, visit www.popcollab.com.

Hook & Fasten is a social impact consulting firm that builds transformational partnerships between communities and corporations around the globe. For more on Hook & Fasten, please visit www.hookandfasten.com.

X