Vice President, Communications and External Affairs

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

The Vice President, Communications and External Affairs of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for overseeing all communications, marketing, and Foundation-led public programs.

The Vice President is a member of the Foundation’s Senior Management Team and works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President of Development in managing the Foundation’s staff and its day-to-day operations; implementing the directives and policies of the Board of Directors; and facilitating the Foundation’s partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

The Vice President is responsible for overseeing and managing the development, integration, and implementation of the Foundation’s strategies to engage external audiences, and build and manage relationships with the media, partners and other key entities to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents and stakeholders. In particular, the individual will be responsible for advancing the Foundation and Library as a digital strategy leader, with a focus on driving online growth for broader impact and fundraising support. They will also oversee the Foundation-led public programs, including the prestigious Profile in Courage Award and the New Frontier Awards.

Who should apply:

We're looking for a high-impact communications and marketing professional who is ready to lead and collaborate with a talented and high performing existing team to take a major cultural institution to a new level in terms of public engagement, digital innovation, and online fundraising. If you've delivered innovative communications and marketing outcomes for a major organization or initiative in the public, private, or nonprofit sector, we want to hear from you.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the Kennedy Library and Foundation’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; raise funds to support the mission; and engage key audiences in learning about the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy;
  • Overseeing development of all print communications and digital communications including the website, email, and social media platforms;
  • Serving as lead point person on media interactions that help promote the Library, the Foundation, and the legacy of President Kennedy;
  • Serving as communications counselor to Foundation and Library leadership;
  • Exercising judgment to prioritize media opportunities for leadership, and preparing speeches, talking points, briefs, and other supporting material as needed;
  • Actively cultivating and managing press relationships to ensure coverage of  Library and Foundation programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects;
  • Working closely with the Vice President of Development to drive digital fundraising strategy and implement online fundraising program;
  • Developing a performance management dashboard to track impact of digital initiatives;
  • Supervising the Director of Marketing and Partnerships responsible for promoting the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum as a national and international tourist destination, increasing awareness of and engagement with Foundation and Library programming, promoting the legacy of President Kennedy to national and international audiences, and overseeing the JFK Museum Store contractor;
  • Supervising the individuals responsible for the social media, the Library website, press and media relations, and Foundation publications;
  • Supervising a range of consultants, with specialties including website development, outreach to educators, and digital media.
  • Co-supervising (with the Executive Director) the Director of Awards and Special Projects, responsible for stewarding the Profile in Courage Award and New Frontier Awards Committees, the research and logistical planning associated with both Awards, associated outreach for both prizes and other special projects as assigned;
  • Overseeing the Foundation’s role in the Foundation/Library partnership Digital Archives initiative;
  • Supporting the Chief Financial Officer as needed in managing budgets and implementing Foundation’s personnel and human resources policies;
  • Managing special projects as directed by the Executive Director.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience/expertise in one of the following fields: English language, journalism, public relations, public policy, communications, or related field.
  • At least 10+ years of communications, and or marketing experience, including at leadership/executive level.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills resulting in cultivating high-impact relationships with internal and external stakeholders with a variety of print and online communications media.
  • Proven record of using digital media to enhance revenue and fundraising generation efforts.
  • Proven record of effectively interacting and stewarding relationships with an extremely wide range of constituents including executives, high profile stakeholders, and Board of Directors.
  • Impeccable managerial and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization.
  • Effective, versatile, and action-oriented.

About the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation:

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (“Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 with the purpose of carrying President Kennedy’s legacy forward. The Foundation aims to inspire and engage both Americans and people around the world with his timeless vision of public service, civic responsibility, civil rights, scientific discovery and creative cultural pursuits, and ideals of peace, optimism and service, so they may learn how to translate them into action. As a major part of this mission, the Foundation supports the work of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, whose core function is to collect, preserve, and make available for research, the documents, audiovisual material, and memorabilia of President Kennedy, his family, and his contemporaries. Today, the Kennedy Library in Boston is one of the most visited of the 14 presidential libraries in America. Over 225,000 people from around the globe visit the museum and nearly 12 million people visit the Library’s website each year, and the Foundation serves 25,000 students annually through a host of free educational programs.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity toward all communities and individuals who may seek our services, for all employees, qualified applicants and volunteers, in every area of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy (and pregnancy related conditions), gender identity or expression, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, familial status, status as a victim of domestic violence, military or veteran status or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

To apply, please send a cover letter with salary requirements, résumé, and references via email to:

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.