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Kiva // platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs
Marketing, Full Time    Portland, OR / San Francisco, CA/ New York City/ U.S Remote    Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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About us:

Kiva ( is an international nonprofit with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. We run a global marketplace platform to crowdfund microloans for financially excluded entrepreneurs, farmers & students around the world. Through Kiva Capital, we serve as a bridge between large scale impact first investors & underserved populations. Our digital identity platform enables borrowers who dont have a track record with traditional financial institutions to record & verify their financial history & gain access to less costly mainstream financial markets.

Our organization combines the culture & technological passion of an internet start-up with the compassion & empathy of a non-profit to create impact & opportunity at global scale. Since 2005, we have raised more than $1.57 billion in loan capital for 3.9 million borrowers in 98 countries. Our lenders fund over $10 million in loans every month. With offices in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Nairobi, & Bangkok, Kiva's team includes 100+ employees & 400+ volunteers worldwide. Our team is growing as we pursue exciting new opportunities to create a financially inclusive world.

Role overview:

An integral member of the marketing team, the Director of Communications will report to the Vice President of Communications to lead key external stakeholder & internal communications for Kiva

This role is open to both U.S. remote candidates & candidates local to our Portland, New York, or San Francisco offices,This role is open to both remote candidates & candidates local to our Portland or San Francisco offices,

At this time, we can only consider applicants with authorization to work in the United States on a permanent, full-time basis; unfortunately we cannot provide visa sponsorship.

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Manage top level communication planning for external stakeholders, in particular Kivas corporate, High Net Worth Individual (HNWI), & institutional strategic partners.
  • Lead partnership-related thought leadership, messaging & content development, including collateral & online materials.
  • Develop & maintain strategic partnerships engagement calendar & content distribution opportunities based on thought leadership priorities & outreach & revenue goals.  
  • Lead strategic partnerships, Kiva Capital, Kiva Protocol, & Kiva Labs related PR & media efforts.
  • Support executive & strategic partnership communications for speaking engagements & external events, including panel preparations & webinar production.
  • Translate external communications for Kivas staff & inform internal communications efforts.
  • Assess & support crisis communications needs.

Preferred qualifications:

  • +10 years communications experience. Nonprofit fundraising, fundraising communications and/or experience marketing for impact investing preferred.  
  • Exceptional writing skills, with journalism and/or fundraising writing experience across partnership audiences preferred.  
  • Ability to coordinate efforts of various teams, external partners and/or executive leadership in order to present a coherent message.
  • Ability to offer sound media relations advice & coaching to executives & colleagues. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal & communication skills. 
  • Excellent project management & execution skills a strong operator who consistently pushes for scale for a sustained period of time.
  • A self-starter able to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team.

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, & change the world
  • Friendly, supportive, & adventurous environment with a team of engaged colleagues
  • A comprehensive, industry-leading benefits package
  • Opportunities to connect with & learn from colleagues & partners around the world
  • Colorado salary range: $90K - $120K

A diverse & inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is an integral part of Kiva's culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities & perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer & a great place to work. Join us & help us achieve our mission!

We will only accept applications directly from candidates. Kiva will not be responsible for any recruiting agency fees, absent a formal agreement.

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