Vice President, Communications

Opportunity International


Opportunity International is a global non-profit that has been empowering people to work their way out of poverty for over 50 years. Last year, Opportunity provided 18.7 million families with innovative financial resources, training, and support to grow their small businesses and send their children to school. Opportunity and its partners released $2 billion in capital across 30 countries and helped fund 8,400 schools that reached 2 million children.

Position Details

Vice President, Communications
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The Vice President, Communications will report to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and is responsible for developing and driving communications strategies that establish Opportunity as an industry thought leader; attract high-net-worth donors; attract new corporate and government partners, and add credibility to the existing donor base.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversee the PR strategy that drive awareness to OI’s mission, values, CEO, and Senior Leadership 
  • Develop content and messaging for multimedia channels including speeches, social media campaigns, blogs entries, and talking points for the CEO and other key leaders 
  • Lead efforts to obtain high-profile media placements and develop press releases within targeted media outlets 
  • Edit content and ghostwrite, when necessary, across a variety of touchpoints 
  • Develop media kits for multimedia channels for the purpose of brand awareness and key messaging of client or assigned topics 
  • Project manage interviews, podiums, and articles featuring the CEO or senior executives as thought leaders 
  • Track metrics and evaluate the effectiveness of media touchpoints 
  • Collaborate with the VP of Marketing to develop and refine Opportunity’s core messages to ensure consistency in the organizational brand voice 
  • Collaborate with the VP Marketing and Director of Events to ensure brand voice consistency across all public-facing channels (media, PR, social media, website).


  • None
  • Bachelor’s degree: ideally in Marketing, Journalism, Communications, preferred 
  • 5+years of media/PR experience with increasing responsibilities that yields deep knowledge of this landscape 
  • Managing experience and track record at an external PR Agency 
  • Proven experience in creating ideas for, project management, pitching, and securing high caliber press placements including national mainstream, Christian media preferred 
  • Superior writing skills, expert in Associated Press style with the ability to develop and edit high-quality materials including, communications plans, media POVs, press materials, fact sheets, bylined articles, trend analysis summaries, executive correspondence, and presentations. 
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Demonstrated capability to be a proactive planner & media “hunter” 
  • Strong understanding of the media landscape as it relates to nonprofits relating to poverty / economic development preferred 
  • Values accuracy, thoroughness, and high-quality outputs 
  • Ability to roll up your sleeves and work in a fast-paced, changing environment, maintaining a strong sense of urgency coupled with demonstrated success in management of multiple priorities 
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners, and donors 
  • Recognizes and adapts to cultural sensitivities 
  • Entrepreneurial attitude with a knack for building trusted relationships with clients and prospects that lead to additional, incremental new business opportunities. 
  • Passionate about Opportunity’s mission, vision, and values. 
  • Able to promote and communicate the organization’s goals and objectives to external and internal stakeholders.


  • English fluency required 


  • Annual communications plan 
  • Press releases as needed 
  • Set number of placements and podiums (including 1 major high-profile placement)


  • Occasional domestic and international travel to attend media and donor events, collect content, interview clients, and understand programs, services, and client impact.

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