Communications Specialist

New York
Apr 23, 2014
May 23, 2014
J Lui
Full Time
The William T. Grant Foundation is seeking a Communications Specialist to join our team. The Foundation is a national funder of high-quality research on children and youth in the United States. We seek to increase understanding of ways to reduce inequality in youth outcomes and of the use of research in policy and practice. This includes research in various social science disciplines and across child welfare, education, juvenile justice, mental health, and youth programs.

The Communications Specialist works with the Manager, Communications in a fast-paced environment to develop and implement the Foundation’s communications activities. The Specialist is responsible for editing white papers and other materials, and for supporting the Manager in other communications efforts related to social media, email marketing, and the website. The Communications Department is part of the President’s Office.

Publications and Editorial
1.Work with Manager, Communications and other senior staff to write, edit, proof, and project manage Foundation publications such as white papers, annual report essays, blogs, and newsletters.
2.Synthesize and provide summaries of various publications into compelling copy for print and online media.
3.Manage production and schedules for timely completion of high-quality publications and grant application guides.
4.Draft, design, and edit PowerPoint presentations and provide support for presentations by staff or related parties at meetings and events.
5.Schedule and co-manage photo shoots, edit and resize photos for print and web.
6.Work with Manager, Communications to implement and update Foundation’s Identity Guidelines and Editorial Standards in order to establish a consistent style and voice.

Content Marketing
1.Support Manager, Communications in developing content for social media, website, collateral materials, presentations, newsletters, and more.
2.Work with other departments to coordinate the flow of information through electronic communications, print, and social media.
3.Collaborate with Manager, Communications to develop emarketing campaigns for segmented audiences.
4.Use Mailchimp to maintain, organize, and expand contacts database of Foundation constituents.

1.Support the development and implementation of annual strategic communications plan and timelines and plan for joint projects with other departments.
2.Review, collect, and disseminate reports on communications activities using analytics and metrics.
3.Maintain relationships with vendors as necessary.
4.Work on special projects as assigned and serve on office workgroups, as necessary.

1.Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or related area of study, and at least three years prior work experience in publishing or communications, with preference for an academic, research, or foundation setting.
2.Excellent writing and editing skills required; basic graphic design knowledge and desktop publishing skills preferred.
3.Good grasp of digital media landscape, including social media and email marketing. Basic familiarity with SEO and content management systems preferred.
4.Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and PhotoShop required.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, a resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references to Please indicate where you saw this posting.

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 the position begins at $45,800.

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: May 7, 2014

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