Communications Manager

The Philanthropy Roundtable - Downtown Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Director of Communications

About The Philanthropy Roundtable: The Philanthropy Roundtable is a well-established organization in  the philanthropic sector, serving as a resource for hundreds of donors and foundation leaders. Its vision is to build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society. To achieve  this vision, the organization pursues a mission to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom, and help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility. 

With this goal in mind, the organization is building a world-class storytelling team that will shift how society views philanthropy and capitalism.

Since 1991, The Philanthropy Roundtable has served individual philanthropists and foundations that are refining their philanthropic strategies to maximize the impact of their resources, as well as emerging donors and entrepreneurs who are developing their philanthropic plans. The Roundtable is the leading organization in the United States focused on promoting and defending the power of private giving and the means to create wealth to make charitable giving possible.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Manager will play an important role in helping the Roundtable generate interesting and relevant content and promotional material for the organization’s website, social media channels, media outreach, and other marketing purposes. This role will work with the director to develop and execute media strategies to advance the Roundtable’s strategic goals and priorities as well as to assist the team with strategic planning and measuring performance.

An ideal candidate will be a gifted editor and proofreader with an uncanny ability to spot errors and ensure that items produced by the organization are 100 percent accurate and error-free. In addition to editing and proofreading content, you will manage the content pipeline for the organization’s blog and draft a variety of written materials such as press releases.

In addition, you will work with the Director of Communications to build and maintain relationships with local and national reporters with the goal of raising the profile and awareness of the organization.

Finally, this role will ensure the communications team is highly organized and collaborating with teams across the organization by managing the editorial calendar, tracking and reporting on media placements, and serving as a project manager for marketing and communications plans and efforts as needed.

Job Duties: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Roundtable’s blog—producing and soliciting fresh, relevant, and interesting stories that draw on the news of the day and appeal to the Roundtable’s target audiences.

  • Serve as an editor and writer for marketing and communications products, ensuring all written pieces are clear, concise, and free of errors. This includes but is not limited to press releases, blog posts, content for social media, and the organization’s website as well as other materials.

  • Manage the workflow for communications, including tracking the production of content and overseeing the editorial calendar.

  • Track media placements and provide regular reports on the outcomes and impact of the team’s media strategies, pitches, placements, and other outreach efforts.

  • Monitor news of the day, specifically as it relates to the philanthropic sector. Identify and develop relationships with key reporters, pitch stories, and respond to daily media inquiries. Build, organize, and manage the team’s media lists.

  • Assist with other marketing and communications projects as needed, including updating the website, creating event or policy-oriented materials, managing social media content, or working on other marketing and promotional materials.


  • At least three years of professional marketing or communications, experience especially working with members of the press

  • Endorses and is motivated by the Roundtable’s guiding principles, mission, and vision

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, specifically in editing and proofreading

  • Highly organized with an ability to manage the details of multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • A broad understanding of and interest in the media landscape and the ability to identify news trends and opportunities

  • Strong understanding of social media and its contribution to and influence in public debates

  • Experience pitching and booking media stories and managing press relationships

  • Versatility to be both a self-starter and a collaborative team player focused on achieving results

  • High energy, a willingness to work hard, and an innate desire to produce superior work

  • Creative and quick thinking; shows grace under pressure

  • High standard of honesty and strong sense of ethics

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field such as communications, journalism, or marketing

  • Strong computer skills including excellent command of MS Office, Outlook, and Teams; experience

    with a media database & tracking software; basic command of HTML/CSS and WordPress

  • Experience with a CRM database, such as Salesforce or Adobe Creative Cloud is a plus

Travel: Less than 5 percent of the time. All travel will be domestic.

Application Process: To apply please send cover letter, including your interest in the Roundtable’s vision, mission, and guiding principles, along with your salary requirement, your resume, and two writing samples to Suzi Marchena at smarchena@PhilanthropyRoundtable.org

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