Senior Media Fellow

Mountain View
Mar 16, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Phil Wiggett
Full Time
Job Summary

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is partnering with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on an exciting new special project to deepen family engagement in Silicon Valley schools through various information channels. We see the implementation of the newly adopted Common Core State Standards as a flashpoint for opening up new avenues and approaches to communications between schools and families, including digital, face-to-face and traditional media outlets tailored to diverse audiences throughout the region. Reporting to the director of initiatives, the fellow will lead efforts to design and execute an overall strategy for this two-year initiative. He or she will work with leaders in the media landscape to explore not only new digital information channels and approaches, but also creative ways to use traditional information channels while maximizing the intersection of digital and other forms of media.

The fellow may assist with the design and implementation of broadcast and digital media strategies for other community foundation projects as needs arise.

Salary commensurate with experience.


•Oversee and manage all aspects of the initiative using creativity, ingenuity and innovative leadership.
•Develop and implement a work plan based on the approved proposal submitted to the Knight Foundation, with clearly defined long- and short-term goals, the strategies for achieving them and milestones for measuring progress
•Develop expertise in the school-reform field, including knowledge of current issues and policies, key resource people and organizations, and a clear understanding of how they fit with the community foundation’s interests.
•Create and implement a plan to segment the parent market by ethnicity, geography, socio-economic and other characteristics. Open and utilize communication channels to reach all of these segments.
•Work with a wide variety of media throughout the region to produce news and human-interest stories about emerging issues around the Common Core State Standards as implementation moves forward.
•Assist with the creation of content strategies that enable effective reuse and repurposing of relevant content.
•Work collaboratively with community foundation staff to ensure coordination of the project with the institution’s broader efforts around the Common Core State Standards as well as with outside organizations, including the county offices of education.
•Produce original news stories for community foundation channels and external media placement.
•Actively monitor the special project’s budget and costs.
•Prepare reports and updates as required, documenting progress toward goals; working with the Knight Foundation’s external documenter.
•As assigned, speak publicly on behalf of the community foundation and promote the work of the project through presentations, publications and at conferences.
•Other duties as assigned.


•Bachelor’s degree required, with communications or journalism focus desirable.
•At least five years experience working in a project or program management role in the media, nonprofit and/or public sector.
•Substantive knowledge of information and media channels, including digital media.
•Outstanding public speaking, facilitation and written communication skills as well as analytical skills.
•Strong organizational and project-management skills.
•Significant knowledge of and experience in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
•Excellent information-technology skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office 2010 programs, Internet and social media.
•Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work with diverse people and groups in a multi-cultural environment.
•Demonstrated interest in development of professional skills and expertise.
•Ability to approach situations and challenges with a sense of humor.

Work Environment / Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.

Application Procedure

Submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Send cover letter and resume as a single Word document via the following link:

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems, engaging donors to make our region and world a better place for all.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a comprehensive center of philanthropy. Through visionary leadership, strategic grantmaking and world-class experiences, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world.

Application deadline: open until filled.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.