The Press Officer, reporting to the Media Relations Chief, helps to build and expand the foundation’s brand and public reputation through media engagement and placement of Ford Foundation and its principals in the news.
The Officer works with a team of communications strategists to develop, design, and lead our media strategy, including drafting press releases and advisories, placing and pitching stories and Op-Eds, and identifying media moments and opportunities. She/he/they will work across the foundation to generate maximum visibility for our work and thought leaders with an eye toward deploying the most-advanced methods of breaking through in an increasingly noisy media landscape. The ideal candidate always has their finger on the pulse of the news cycle, has proven skills in cultivating deep relationships with journalists, has crisis communications experience and the instincts needed to provide strategic guidance on how to give our work and experts the best possible exposure at the right time. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to craft compelling messages for different audiences, proven success implementing creative media plans, responding to crisis communications issues and experience operating in a fast-paced environment.
The Officer helps to ensure that there is a continuity of voice across foundation spokespeople, and supports the day-to-day implementation of the foundation’s executive positioning strategies. She/he/they will also help identify and manage consultants and communications firms to support individual vice presidents and directors. In addition, She/he/they will work closely with the Media Relations Chief and data team on maintaining media monitoring and measurements, analysis and regular reporting to the department and organization.
The Officer will be an excellent writer; an organized, creative thinker with a confident presentation style; and a consummate team player with a flexible can-do attitude and a passion for the work.
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. Additionally, when it is safe to do so, some domestic travel (5 - 10%) may be required to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings.
The Ford Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part of this commitment, the Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact, email@example.com or call (212) 573-4627.
Alignment to Culture and Values
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.
The Press Officer, reporting to the Media Relations Chief, helps to build and expand the foundation’s brand and public reputation through media engagement and placement of Ford Foundation and its principals in the…