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This advertisement is for the Director of Communications (permanent). If you wish to view and apply for the position of Interim Director of Communications (fixed term) then please visit this webpage.
We are now looking for our next Director of Communications to support and catalyse the influence of the Elders to deliver action on some of the most pressing and consequential issues facing humanity.

The Elders are a respected voice of moral authority. A core part of this role is to strengthen how the Secretariat develops their public profile, advocacy, and engagement partnerships, bolstering and maximising their influence across public constituencies and at the highest political levels.

It is therefore crucial that our Director of Communications can quickly learn the Elders’ unique ways of working, advising them directly as individuals and channelling their collective voice, knowing where opportunities lie as well as risks – and how the Secretariat can best support them.

It is not essential to bring subject matter expertise across each of our core programme areas (climate, pandemics, nuclear weapons and conflict), though having some experience in and a demonstrable passion for at least one will help you hit the ground running. We are a small team with a large footprint, so our next Director of Communications will need to build and lead a high-functioning, multi-disciplinary team as well as roll up their own sleeves and get stuck in. You will also need a truly global media outlook.

We are looking for an inclusive, strategic leader with high emotional intelligence and keen political acumen, who knows how to build an effective communications function that is both proactive and reactive, global in nature, and sensitive to the needs and idiosyncrasies of the Elders. We are looking for someone with spark, with ideas as to how we can maximise our influence through communications, who can play a transformative role in helping the Elders have an impact on  some of the biggest issues of the day.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

About the application process

For further information about the job and appointment process, please access our microsite here: If you’d value a conversation about the role, please contact our Executive Search Partners Green Park on [email protected]

Closing Date: 11:59pm Sunday 12th May 2024

Working at The Elders

We operate a hybrid working policy, with a high degree of flexibility for staff. We ask staff to attend the office based on need, not a quota of days. We believe there are certain activities that are best conducted in person and also hold monthly “in days” when the whole team comes together. Additionally, some roles involve international travel, the timing of which is usually decided by Elders’ commitments. Aside from these obligations, staff are free to choose the balance between working remotely and working in the office that suits them best. We are based close to Green Park station in London, in a newly refurbished office.

In addition to a competitive salary we offer the following benefits:

  • Private pension scheme with 10% employer contributions
  • Optional private medical and dental insurance
  • Group life assurance equivalent to 5 x annual salary
  • 28 days of paid annual leave (with 3 of these days on stipulated dates between the Christmas/New Year holidays) plus all UK bank holidays and public holidays
  • Enhanced parental leave


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