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Narrative Strategist 
Remote within US

POSITION TITLE: Narrative Strategist 

LOCATION: Remote, work from home 

REPORTS TO:  Deputy Director  

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt  


PROJECT SUMMARY:  Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) brings the nation’s leading funders together from across sectors and perspectives to ensure access to a safe, stable rental housing in communities that supports better health, economic mobility, and educational achievement, free from the barriers and harms of systemic racism. This is accomplished primarily through grant making and learning exchanges in FHO’s three priority areas:  policy, advocacy, and organizing; narrative change; and elevating what works. FHO has prioritized racial equity in its work, and seeks to change housing policies, practices, and institutions that have perpetuated a system of discrimination in housing and harm to communities of color. More information can be found on our website,   


POSITION SUMMARY:  Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented team-player with experience in narrative change and strategic communications related to housing, plus a strong commitment to housing justice and the mission of FHO to fill its Narrative Strategist position. The Narrative Strategist is a new position and has three primary responsibilities: 1) managing a portfolio of narrative change grantees, including relationship management, grant process management, and facilitating learning; 2) leading FHO’s strategic communications under a housing justice narrative framework; and 3) knowledge and relationship management. 


FHO has a small but mighty team (5 FTEs when fully staffed) and is looking for a self-motivated, highly collaborative, quick learner to fill this critical role.   



Because this is a new role, the responsibilities and percentages below are estimates and subject to change as the work evolves. 


Grant Management (25%) 

  • Leads FHO’s Narrative Change grantmaking strategy and annual grant plan 

  • Leads and staffs FHO’s Narrative Change member sub-committee 

  • Identifies possible grantees and is primary point of contact for organizations seeking information about FHO’s Narrative Change grantmaking and priorities 

  • Partners with Deputy Director to shift grantmaking processes to be more trust-based and restorative  

  • Manages the full grantmaking cycle for the narrative change portfolio, including improving and implementing processes for: 

  • Manages the full grantmaking cycle for the PAO and EWW portfolios, including improving and implementing processes for: 

  • inviting applications for funding 

  • developing requests for proposals and coordinating internal review 

  • composing grant request, recommendation, and report summaries.  

  • presenting recommendations to senior staff and FHO members, and documenting decisions 

  • facilitating grant agreement, and fund disbursement processes 

  • Monitoring and tracking grants to ensure compliance with all financial, legal and other fiscal sponsor requirements.  

  • Working with Deputy Director and FHO’s evaluation consultants to aggregate and input data, determine/communicate impact, and contribute to FHO’s annual impact report 

  • Facilitates and plans workshops and grantee convenings in support of FHO’s narrative change strategies and the needs and interests of grantee partners. 

  • Facilitates FHO member learning related to narrative change. 

  • Contributes to FHO’s efforts to design and implement equitable approaches to learning and evaluation. This includes the development of program related documents (strategy papers, portfolio reviews, and impact reports), and sharing impactful work by FHO and its grantee partners. 


Strategic Communications and External Engagement (50%) 

  • Leads FHO’s strategic communications, including developing and implementing an annual communications and visibility plan 

  • Ensures all of FHO’s strategic communications are reflective and supportive of a longer-term narrative shift away from housing as a commodity toward housing as a human right 

  • Responsible for all of FHO’s external communication, including social media and website presence, quarterly newsletter and bi-monthly Headlines & Deadlines member communication 

  • Proactively writes content for website, blogs, reports, etc. highlighting the work of FHO grantees across all portfolios and articulating FHO’s point of view 

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with media and pitches/places content 

  • Submits proposals for panels at conferences that highlight the work of FHO grantees across all portfolios; represents FHO on panels as it relates to narrative change 

  • Writes talking points for FHO staff and members for external audiences  


Knowledge and Relationship Management (25%) 

  • Keeps current on Narrative Change work in the field – understand what national and local organizations and funders are working on and  opportunities for collaboration.   

  • Contributes to FHO’s efforts to develop deep knowledge of housing justice and of the philanthropic landscape. 

  • Represents FHO on narrative change- and strategic communications-related affinity groups; establishes and maintains relationships with individuals and organizations that can provide information and insight to enhance FHO’s effectiveness  

  • Builds and cultivates strong, collaborative, mutually accountable relationships with grantee partners and movement leaders.  

  • Promotes trust-based engagement among grantee partners by engaging in active listening in the field and incorporating insights from partners and stakeholders into FHO’s grantmaking and program work. 

  • Designs responsive programmatic activities that build capacity, learning, knowledge, engagement, and collaboration among funder and grantee partners. 

  • Participates in projects to evolve our processes, offerings, and technologies.  




The ideal candidate will have many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:  

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the nonprofit, communications, and/or philanthropic field is preferred.  

  • A strong understanding of current housing narrative efforts in the field required. 

  • Experience in strategic communications is required, preferably within a housing justice narrative framework. 

  • A network of contacts and positive relationships that can bring value to FHO’s communications and narrative change efforts is preferred. 

  • Experience with grants administration and understanding of the philanthropic grantmaking process is preferred. 

  • Understanding of and/or experience with the affordable housing and homelessness systems, and/or related fields is preferred.  

  • A deep commitment to racial and housing justice and the mission of FHO. 

  • Attention to detail and the ability to manage a fast-paced heavy workload. 

  • Ability to work independently and on a team. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to summarize and present to various audiences.  

  • Excellent project management skills with proven organization and planning/time management skills. 

  • Highly cooperative team-player with the ability to also be effective independently and meet deadlines. 

  • Maintains professional demeanor in all situations and proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion. 

  • Ability to work in a mission/results-driven environment. 

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point) and Zoom. Ability to learn to use Salesforce, Slack, Box, Mural, and other software as the project evolves. 


  • Candidate must have the ability to travel up to 20% of the time. 

  • Candidate must be able to provide a home environment conducive to remote working, including a quiet and distraction-free working space, an internet connection that’s adequate for the job and capable of videoconferencing, and full attention to their job duties during working hours. 

  • We seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool 



  • Salary range is $90,000 to $105,000 with comprehensive benefits package. Currently, that package includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees (and their families). Employees are able to enroll in a 401k retirement plan and are eligible for a 3% automatic contribution and up to a 3% employer match on 401k contributions. Employees are also eligible for pre-tax transportation benefits. Employees will receive 120 hours of vacation time, 80 hours of health leave, up to 2 days of casual leave, and 20 hours of volunteer leave annually. Employees will also receive 13 paid holidays throughout the calendar year. Employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave after 90 days of employment. 



  • Please email a pdf version of a resume and cover letter describing recent relevant experience and/or skills and how you heard about this opportunity to Priority consideration will be given to applications received on or before 5pm Eastern on February 24, 2023.  The subject line should read: Narrative Strategist, INSERT YOUR FIRST NAME & LAST NAME.  For example:  Narrative Strategist, Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie 

  • Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 


Funders for Housing and Opportunity is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working. 



To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date.  This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at  

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