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Director of External Affairs

Remote in USA

The Director of External Affairs for L’Arche USA will be driven by the challenge to position a niche organization’s brand in a competitive communications environment.  While marketing in support of fundraising and recruitment is the daily bread and butter of this role, building an inclusive society by crossing divides and amplifying the voices of people with intellectual disabilities is its purpose.

The future Director of External Affairs not only recognizes the power of a story well told but has the know-how to translate the multiplicity of L’Arche’s stories into compelling audio-visual engagement.  Highly energetic, they are known for their creativity, initiative, and drive.  Their voice carries and corrals member communities in a consensus-driven organizational culture.  The Director of External Affairs thrives in a setting that values relationships, personal growth, and spirituality.  As an experienced leader, they will coach, support, partner with and challenge the Manager of Digital Communications, a group of contractors, the Director of Development, the Executive Director / National Leader as well as leaders of local communities in the U.S. to live up to the full potential of L’Arche’s outreach.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Executive Director / National Leader, the ideal candidate has the necessary motivation, skills and personality to

  • Strategy, Measurement & Evaluation: design and implement a creative, comprehensive and audience-specific strategy, report on metrics, evaluate and adjust accordingly
  • Engagement: produce and disseminate compelling story-based content to build new pipelines of donor and recruitment audiences to engage in L’Arche’s mission
  • Marketing: situate L’Arche’s brand as an apolitical faith-based actor with an inherent drive for social justice through design and messaging that engage audiences in our common humanity
  • Collaboration: offer added value to L’Arche USA’s affiliate communities and partner with them in participatory storytelling for the common good of the L’Arche movement
  • Leader: present with competence and clarity to stakeholders and align the movement in consensus-building processes, contribute perspective and know-how to L’Arche USA’s leadership team, manage and coach a team of one as well as contractors, add value to a distributed team of 16
  • Management: oversee tasks, deadlines, and workflow of the Digital Communications Manager; budget, manage and account for External Affairs budget
  • Partnerships: foster L’Arche’s thought leadership in the field of disability and faith through coalitions and conferences, advocacy and opportunities for dialogue and exchange with civic, religious, educational and public organizations and institutions
  • Editor: serve as executive editor for the organization and staff the Brand Committee
  • Vision: stay ahead of current digital media trends, new technology, audience desires and the evolution of society’s discourse on faith and disability to envision and further develop L’Arche’s voice


To Apply: Please read the full role description in the PDF below. Send your full application (cover letter, resume, relevant work samples and compensation requirement) to Tina Bovermann, L’Arche USA Executive Director, at

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