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Senior Vice President, Communications Phoenix, AZ

Helios Education Foundation exists to support postsecondary attainment for low-income and under-represented communities in Arizona and Florida. Driven by our fundamental beliefs of Community, Equity, Investment, and Partnership, Helios has invested nearly $300 million in partnerships and initiatives focused on improving education outcomes in the two states we serve.


Helios Education Foundation (Helios) seeks a Senior Vice President for Communications (SVP) to join the Foundation’s senior leadership team and spearhead Helios’s enterprise-wide communications strategy and execution. As Helios implements its ambitious Five-Year Impact Plan, focused on key drivers essential to getting students on track for college attainment, the role of the SVP for Communications is mission-critical: leading Helios’s communications, brand and reputation management, and message creation and alignment in support of an integrated portfolio of investment, research, and policy efforts.

Helios is more than a grant-maker. Our strategy for delivering results in early learning, college access, and college attainment includes the integration of four key domains of our work. We seek to influence policy changes that can bring systemic improvements and to identify laser-focused community investments that can serve as a proof of concept for policy considerations and can lead to spreading effective practices. Original research and data drive our approaches. And, through each of these areas, strategic communication is used to amplify important insights and to build public will for effective improvements. In addition, Helios documents and assesses our efforts in each of these areas to understand our impact and continually refine our work for increased impact in the future.

The SVP for Communications will report directly to the President and oversee all the Foundation’s external and internal communications. Partnering with the President and the senior leadership team, the SVP will develop and manage execution of an annual communications approach that supports the Foundation’s Impact Plan. They will effectively design and implement a full suite of internal and external communications activities to foster a strong sense of community among the Helios team, as well as among grantees and key partners, and will enhance the Foundation’s reputation at the highest levels of education, research, and policy discourse in Arizona, Florida, and, where appropriate, nationally. The SVP for Communications will be located in Phoenix, and will be expected to travel to the office in Tampa.

The SVP will provide strategic, institution-wide communications counsel on thought leadership and brand management, support the development of organizational culture and change management efforts, and lead communications activities that amplify Helios’s policy and research efforts. Leading a team of communications staff members and consultants, the SVP will oversee enterprise-level digital efforts such as the website and Helios’s social platforms; support the design of and share learnings from Helios Education Campus convenings and partner events; support writing, editing, design, and promotion of Helios’s research publications; manage public relations and media efforts in Arizona and Florida; and liaise with internal teams to bring projects to life.

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