Senior/Director External Relations

Company: Deborah JanFrancisco, HR Generalist & Talent Acquisition

Locations: Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; , All

Job Function: Marketing/PR


 Job Posting: Director of External Relations – Reinvestment Fund

Are you passionate about driving economic justice and creating equitable opportunities for historically underserved communities? Do you have a proven track record of building impactful partnerships, driving brand visibility, and advocating for policy reforms? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Position:           Senior Director/Director of External Relations

Location:           Remote/Hybrid/Preferred Atlanta, GA or Philadelphia, PA

Reports to:       Managing Director of Strategic Communications

Application Deadline:  October 15, 2023

About Reinvestment Fund:

At Reinvestment Fund, we are dedicated to making a tangible difference in the lives of underserved individuals and communities. Our mission is to foster economic empowerment and wealth-building in historically marginalized areas, ensuring a brighter future for all. As we embark on an exciting journey in August 2023, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced Senior/Director of External Relations to lead our strategic initiatives in community engagement, partnership development, media relations, and public policy advocacy.


About the Position

The Senior/Director of External Relations, reporting to the Managing Director of Strategic Communications, will help guide the organization’s community-informed and partner-supported mission to drive economic impact to underserved communities, centered on wealth-building for historically underserved people and places. Additionally, this position’s work will be guided by our new Strategic Plan related to economic justice, Antiracism and Equitable products.  Given the external nature of this role, the Community Advisory Board may serve as an occasional sounding board for this work.

Externally, this position will support efforts to drive new, high-impact relationships for increased revenue generation, corporate visibility, and brand power. Internally. DER’s responsibility will be divided into three main categories as described further below: external affairs, media relations/publicity, and public policy.


External Affairs

  • Identify and cultivate high-impact partnerships that align with our mission and strategic plan.
  • Stay attuned to evolving market dynamics and competitive landscapes, providing insights to maintain our thought leadership position.
  • Collaborate with the communications and program teams to design community engagement strategies that empower and transform narratives.
  • Gather feedback from stakeholders to shape key performance indicators (KPIs) and enhance stakeholder experiences.
  • Lead initiatives and events to foster education, awareness, and collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Contribute to showcasing our data-driven impact and nationwide CDFI leadership through partnerships with policy and communication teams.

Public Relations

  • Develop and maintain relationships with institutional leaders and stakeholders, ensuring value alignment.
  • Design and implement Reinvestment Fund’s media strategy to enhance brand visibility.
  • Foster strategic relationships and identify opportunities for external impact improvement.
  • Craft high-quality press releases and drive positive media coverage.
  • Strengthen our digital presence to engage with public opinions effectively.
  • Manage strategic partnerships with government agencies, investors, and community partners.
  • Proactively manage the company’s image and respond to media coverage.

 Public Policy

  • Collaborate with the communications team and government affairs consultant to advance policy initiatives aligned with our mission.
  • Advocate for policy reforms that drive systemic change and elevate underserved communities’ quality of life.
  • Build and maintain relationships with policymakers, industry influencers, and elected officials.
  • Ensure impact reporting and change methodologies are integrated into external communications.
  • Play a key role in packaging research and impact for advocacy goals.


Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, Public Relations, Public Policy, or a related field (master’s preferred).
  • 7-12 Years Proven experience in partnership development, community engagement, and media relations.
  • Strong understanding of economic justice, racial equity, and underserved community challenges.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including press releases and public speaking.
  • Track record of successful policy advocacy and engagement with government agencies.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to identify opportunities for impactful external relations.
  • Collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.

Compensation and Benefits

What Reinvestment Offers:

  • Opportunity to work with a dedicated team committed to making a positive impact.
  • Chance to be at the forefront of driving economic justice and equity.

Compensation and Benefits

Reinvestment Fund offers a competitive salary based on experience and skills, as well as an excellent benefits package including employer-paid health, disability and life insurance, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care), commuter benefits, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and EAP program.

Reinvestment Fund uses E-Verify to validate all new hires’ ability to legally work in the United States. Reinvestment Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reinvestment Fund does not discriminate in hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, non-job-related disabilities, or status as a veteran.

Reinvestment Fund, Inc. has an affiliate, RF Impact Advisers, Inc. (“RFIA”) that is a state-registered investment adviser.  In order to advance compliance with and prevent violations of federal and state securities laws and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, RFIA has adopted a Code of Ethics to govern certain conduct of its staff, including certain staff of Reinvestment Fund because Reinvestment Fund is an advisory affiliate of RFIA. As part of this Code of Ethics, there are specific personal reporting and other requirements and disclosures of personal financial and/or securities transactions information. For certain individuals this reporting will extend to your household members.

How to Apply

If you are excited about the prospect of driving change, creating impactful partnerships, and advocating for equitable policies, we encourage you to apply for the position of Director of External Relations at Reinvestment Fund. Together, we can transform communities and empower individuals to achieve their full potential.

Join Reinvestment Fund in our mission to create lasting economic change and empower underserved communities knowing you will be a part of one of the largest national CDFI organizations in the US.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter as ONE DOCUMENT detailing your relevant experience, your vision for driving external relations and your compensation goals. Apply by October 15, 2023.  Apply to Senior/Director External Relations

Reinvestment Fund thanks you for your time and interest in its mission and this high visibility position that will drive its impact.