The Ford Foundation is seeking a smart and energetic digital writer and editor to join the Office of Communications (OC). Reporting directly to the Managing Editor, you will be a strong writer and editor with a sharp attention to detail, preferably with a background in journalism or communications, who has a strong understanding of social issues. You have an inquisitive mind who can easily and thoughtfully grasp the complex issues at the heart of Ford’s work. You pay attention to detail but also can maintain a bird’s eye view to help the Managing Editor maintain the foundation’s voice and tone and create consistency across the brand.
You believe in the power of storytelling and are excited by the idea of exploring into the foundation’s history and the diversity of its work to identify story ideas, help the foundation tell compelling, human-driven stories to advance its programmatic and organization goals, and strengthen its storytelling with thorough, strategic research.
The ideal candidate can synthesize a wide array of materials to extract the most compelling, salient points to help Ford Foundation strengthen its messaging and overall communications while preserving the integrity of the subject. You are thoughtful and culturally sensitive in your search for powerful stories and working with colleagues and subjects from different countries and cultures. You are collaborative in nature and a go-getter who takes initiative and thrives in a fast-moving, multi-tasking environment.
The position is a 12-month temporary position.
Assist the Managing Editor in fielding and responding to inquiries and requests from across the organization—such as updating web copy, polishing content for gallery openings, or reviewing event invites and agendas—and implementing an effective and streamlined system to manage those requests and subsequent projects
Draft, edit and update web copy for Ford’s site, from creating text for landing pages to cleaning up brand language, to help the Managing Editor maintain the foundation’s voice and tone and create consistency across the brand
Lead research on large features, stories of impact, and occasionally letters and/or op-eds from leadership, pulling from both external publications, data, etc. and a variety of resources from within the foundation and its archives
Support project management of story development for the team, including creating story briefs, collecting information from program and grantees, and helping to coordinate interviews and shoots with program, grantees, writers and photographers
Be a creative partner to the Managing Editor, helping to identify and build out engaging stories that elevate the work of Ford and its grantees as well as compose and edit short pieces, Q&As, profiles, etc. for Ford’s storytelling platform
Curate and edit Ford’s monthly newsletters and oversee their production and distribution
Partner with social media team for big storytelling initiatives to create social media toolkits for Ford’s channels and work with the digital team to collect content-related metrics to ensure Ford is reaching and engaging with its core audiences
Work closely with the Managing Editor and Design and Brand Strategy Director to help create a brand and style guide to ensure the foundation maintain a clear, accurate and consistent look, feel, voice and style across all external channels
B.A./B.S. in journalism, communications, marketing or similar with at least three to five years of communications experience at a publication, organization, brand or equivalent combination of education and experience
Superior writing and editing skills and an expertise in creating and implementing a variety of original content, from brand language to social media posts to editorial pieces
Extremely organized and task-oriented with a proven ability to keep track of several projects and deliver high-quality work on tight deadlines
An inquisitive mind and strong researcher that can help ground Ford and its storytelling in hard, concrete data, research and examples
A terrific collaborator with an understanding that no task is too small and every word and sentence plays an important part in a larger narrative
Experience cultivating relationships with all levels of staff and comfortable communicating and working with third-party vendors, including writers, photographers and creative agencies, when necessary
Commitment and enthusiasm for Ford’s mission and respect for our core values: equity, inclusion, openness, trust, collaboration, accountability and urgency
Knowledge of current SEO, VSEO and SEM strategies and best practices and experience working in eCRM (MailChimp) and G Suite and Google Analytics a plus
- This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer.
Alignment to Culture and Values
- Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
- Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
- Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
- Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams
FOR REFERENCE: Temporary Employees are not eligible for matching company contributions of up to 13% to the retirement savings account, only employee contributions.
- Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work
- Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%
- Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
- Professional development initiatives for growth
- Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)
Salary: Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.