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Full Time


  • Temporarily remote with a likely transition into an in-office role at AAPF's New York City location.

  • Responsible for overseeing all elements of public relations/communications strategies and initiatives. 

  • Position entails some travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends as needed.

The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is seeking an experienced Director of Communications to join our team! 

This full-time permanent position is temporarily remote with a likely transition into an in-office role at AAPF’s New York City location. Reporting to the Executive Director and working in close collaboration with the Chief of Staff and other leadership, the Director of Communications will be responsible for overseeing all elements of public relations/communications strategies and initiatives. The Director of Communications will be responsible for reputational management activities and serving as the lead on crisis communications. The Communications Director will provide coordination and support to AAPF’s existing teams and will work to develop a communications team for the organization.

The position entails some travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends as needed.

About AAPF

Founded in 1996, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists, and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy. We promote frameworks and strategies that address a vision of racial justice that embraces the intersections of race, gender, class, and the array of barriers that disempower those who are marginalized in society. AAPF is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally.


Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Developing and promoting a cohesive identity for AAPF’s brand and leadership that positions the organization as a thought leader in the field and ensures consistent messaging across the organization;

  • Engaging with the ED specifically and the executive team more broadly to develop key messaging, themes/topics, style/tone, target audiences, and appropriate communications channels;

  • Generating positive and extensive media coverage of AAPF and its many projects, events, initiatives, etc., to raise the profile of the organization;

  • Developing a strategic communications plan for messaging, including press releases and outreach to various publications/journalists to expand AAPF’s reach;

  • Supporting hiring and recruitment to build an internal communications team;

  • Incorporating use of media clipping service to monitor discussion of organization across print, online, and social media platforms;

  • Researching industry and market trends and identify original and compelling themes/storylines to incorporate into campaign communications;

  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities to collaborate with partner organizations and opinion leaders that advance the objectives of the organization’s campaign work;

  • Developing and monitoring metrics to measure the reach/impact of communications and to identify areas of success/opportunities for improvement; 

  • Leading crisis management and contingency planning, providing counsel on reputational risk; and,

  • Working in partnership with the Arts and Media team to manage content development for AAPF website and social media platforms.

The Ideal Candidate should have:

  • Scholarly understanding of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality;

  • Familiarity with Kimberlé Crenshaw's work and awareness of AAPF programs/initiatives;

  • Deep commitment to and ability to follow closely the national conversation on and media coverage of issues related to civil rights, race, racism, and social justice, and the law;

  • 5-10 years of experience in communications with a demonstrated track record of success in leading a communications team;

  • Media savvy with solid media relationships;

  • Experience in journalism and/or communications for non-profit, advocacy or public policy a plus;

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills;

  • Deep knowledge of program management principles, strategic thinking, and strong leadership qualities;

  • Eagerness to participate in generative brainstorming sessions;

  • Excellent writer, editor, and copyeditor across a wide range of styles and for multiple channels;

  • Consistent, critical engagement with the broader media landscape; and,

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite.


Salary will be commensurate with experience falling within the range of $100,000–$120,000.

Application process:
Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to   

AAPF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workplace that strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

AAPF does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination with respect to race, religion, color, social or ethnic origin, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), age, physical, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal laws.