Manager, Communications

New York
Oct 25, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
J Lui
Full Time
Position Overview:
The Manager, Communications is responsible for using communications and public relations to establish the Foundation as a leader in its field. Working directly with the President and senior staff, the Manager, Communications develops the Foundation’s annual communications plan to use print and digital strategies to reach researchers, policy makers, and influential leaders. He or she is the senior editor for Foundation publications. The Manager, Communications works on-site at the Foundation office and supervises the Communications Specialist.

Strategic Planning and Administration
1.Develop annual communications objectives, strategies and tactics that reflect the President’s vision.
2.Uphold the Foundation’s brand, ensuring quality, consistency, and adherence to identity and editorial guidelines.
3.Cultivate relationships with colleagues in communications at other foundations, influential intermediary organizations, and media outlets to discuss best practices, expand the presence of the Foundation, expand our base audience, and enhance the credibility of the research we support.
4.Monitor news coverage and external events, especially media coverage of grantees and interested parties, and incorporate coverage into Foundation materials accordingly.
5.Keep abreast of best practices and emerging trends in communications and recommend improvements when advisable.
6.Develop initiatives with the Program department to support and improve the quality and diversity of applicants for funding opportunities.
7.Work with other departments to develop and refine actionable performance indicators and use insights gained to adjust communications strategies and tactics.
8.Propose and administer annual communications budget and monitor expenses.
9.Identify and manage vendors, particularly designers, photographers, and web firms.
10.Manage the Communications Specialist with a focus on professional development and effective delegation.
11.Work on special projects as assigned and serve on office workgroups as necessary.

1.Create materials for the Board and other internal audiences that inform and help maintain consistency and transparency.
2.Working with senior staff members, develop, edit, and submit articles, chapters, briefs and other publications that advance the Foundation’s mission and annual priorities.
3.Develop, write, and produce publications and branded collateral that clearly communicate the Foundation’s mission, interests, and funding priorities and the work of our grantees.
4.Implement and update Foundation’s Identity Guidelines and Editorial Standards to ensure consistency of messaging.

1.Enhance the Foundation’s web presence and social media profile through the timely and regular content development, placement, and dissemination.
2.Continue to improve the website with an eye toward making it a user-friendly resource.
3.Write and edit content for web, email, and social channels that is appropriate and engaging to multiple target audiences, including researchers, informed policymakers, and influential leaders.
4.Facilitate integration with and consistency between the website and other web-based systems, particularly the grants management system.

1.B.A. required, master’s degree preferred, in communications, English, journalism, or related field.
2.Minimum 7 years of professional communications experience demonstrating an intricate understanding of strategic communications planning and branding initiatives.
3.Track record of work in content management systems and managing staff and/or vendors. Significant project and design management experience, preferably in print and digital.
4.Thorough knowledge of editorial standards, preferably American Psychological Association or Chicago style.
5.Knowledgeable about emerging communications tools and practices. Strong proficiency with Adobe InDesign, image editing in Photoshop, PowerPoint, and content management systems. Facility with HTML, XML, and templates and forms in Word or Acrobat a plus.
6.Excellent written and oral communications skills.
7.Supervisory experience required, management preferred.

To Apply:
Submit your resume, detailed cover letter, salary requirements, three writing samples, and three professional references to, with the “Manager, Communication position” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please note how you became aware of this opening.

The Foundation offers a competitive set of benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, long-term disability, annual paid vacation days, and 403(b). The salary range for this position begins at $83,300.

The Foundation appreciates all applicants; however, due to the expected volume of responses, we only can respond to those best suited for the position. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws.

Application deadline: November 15, 2013