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August 4, 2021
Baltimore, Maryland
Contact Name
Vennita Harris



Position: Director of Communications

Reports to: Vice President, Involvement

Job Summary

The Director of Communications reports to the Vice President of Involvement and is responsible for developing Thread’s internal and external communications strategies, including management of traditional and social media and oversight of Thread’s brand. By connecting proactive communications with values-aligned brand development, the Director of Communications is a powerful driver of organizational alignment, resource recruitment, and national positioning of Thread within relevant circles of thought leadership. Success in this role is defined as executing dynamic campaigns and communications strategies that assist in achieving recruitment targets for human, social, and financial capital. Other relevant metrics for success include expansion of Thread’s social media presence, numbers of solicited and unsolicited press, and adoption of language that aligns with and helps build Thread culture.


Key Responsibilities

Communications Strategy Development and Execution

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy which supports the achievement of goals outlined in Thread’s most recent four year strategic plan.
  • Maintain fidelity of Thread’s brand across all internal teams to ensure consistency of messaging to key stakeholders and beyond.
  • Align all internal and external communications activities with the recruitment and retention of key resource including human, social, and financial capital
  • Identify thought leadership and press opportunities to support Thread’s impact on national conversations relevant to the organization's mission.
  • Develop and compile performance measures to evaluate impact of communications activities

Content Development and Brand Management

  • Develop Thread source communication materials and templates that crisply articulate Thread’s “why”, “what”, and “how” for use by Thread community members in promoting the mission, vision and values
  • Oversee and/or develop the design, implementation and maintenance of communication tools such as the website, social media handles, digital marketing tools, and printed collateral
  • Design cohesive traditional and social media plans, including cultivation of relationships, that provide consistent messaging across platforms and align with the strategic plan to support recruitment of organizational resources. 
  • Identify and train Thread community members to share their personal journeys through storytelling.
  • Create reporting tools and communications packets for staff, Executive Team, and Board of Directors


  • Build a positive, long-term relationship with direct report(s) and develop, lead and evaluate relevant, individualized and meaningful one on one coaching sessions
  • Empower, motivate and mentor direct report(s), serving as a thought partner, providing and soliciting feedback
  •  Instill a sense of accountability in direct report(s) by modeling transparency and oversight of individual and organization performance standards
  • Monitor direct report(s)’s progress over time, with a focus on the deltas for both personal and professional growth and development




  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree and 7-10 years experience in communications or external relations
  • Required: Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Required: Ability to manage projects, organize and complete complex tasks, prioritize multiple assignments based on sound judgement and objectivity, and deliver on a timely basis 
  • Required: Ability to clearly communicate and live out Thread’s core values & core competencies.
  • Preferred:  Masters Degree
  • Preferred: Prior experience with nonprofit communications and proven leadership collaboratively managing teams
  • Preferred: Strong interpersonal skills that promote creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm when meeting and working with a wide range of individuals

To learn more about Thread please visit, https://www.thread.org

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and encourage applications from all interested persons, including, but not limited to, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

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