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Communications Manager

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The Obama Foundation-Chicago | Washington, DC
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About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together.

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home.

But that approach extends to all our work, whether its holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us.

For more information, please visit www.obama.org.

About the Role

As a member of the Digital team, the Communications Manager will lead the Foundation’s efforts to develop media and communications strategies that advance the Foundation’s work to inspire, empower, and connect the next generation of leaders through our US and international programming. Specifically, the position will work with the Program and International teams to develop, lead, and execute proactive media outreach, messaging strategy, and thought leadership. Responsibilities will include developing communications strategy and messaging; anticipating and shaping storylines and events; connecting Foundation programming efforts to greater civic engagement moments and trends; finding opportunities for program participants to engage with media to tell both their stories and the story of the Foundation’s work; building relationships with key regional, national, and international media outlets; recommending, driving, and supporting interviews, op-eds, speaking appearances, and other external engagement by Foundation staff; and managing reactive media. The Communications Manager for Programs will report to the Communications Director.

Outcomes

The Communications Manager will be responsible for achieving the following outcomes within the first year:

  • Working with the Foundation’s programming teams to develop a vision for communicating the Obama Fellows, Leaders, Scholars, Community Leadership Corps, and online civic engagement tools; our My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Global Girls Alliance initiatives; and other Foundation domestic and global programs
  • Sketching out 3-5 “ideal cover story” scenarios and developing a creative, actionable, proactive 12-month communications strategy to tell that story of the Foundation’s programming as a whole
  • Working closely with internal teams to review messaging for each program and create an off-shelf resource for Foundation staff to describe and promote all US and global programs consistently across audiences
  • Creating efficient workflows for program-related external communications and managing coordination with outside consultants and internal team, including communications support for program participants
  • Establishing excellent working relationships with national media and key regional media in cities where the Foundation has programming efforts and has begun to map out potential relationships for the Foundation in regions or countries where the Foundation intends to work
  • Working with the Program, International, and Digital teams to create communications plans for each of the Foundation’s programs for 2020 that incorporates the above deliverables and connects with Foundation OKRs

Responsibilities

The ultimate aim of the Communications Manager is to achieve the outcomes listed above. In order to achieve those outcomes, we imagine that they will spend their time in the following ways:

  • Coordinating with internal Foundation teams to create communications strategies and plans for each of the Foundation’s programs and major program-related events
  • Managing external PR resources and contracts
  • Leading the drafting of press releases, media pitches, and other messaging
  • Recommending, driving, and supporting interviews, op-eds, speaking appearances, and other external engagement by Foundation staff
  • Driving program launches, events, and moments and overall visibility efforts
  • Building relationships and engaging with key regional, national, and international media outlets

Qualifications

  • Excellent track record of developing proactive media relations strategies in high-stakes, high-profile environments to meet goals, anticipating and successfully identifying communications opportunities as well as managing reactive media
  • Proven ability to tell a story effectively through a range of media engagements (interviews, op-eds, backgrounding, speeches, etc.)
  • Strong relationships with journalists, anticipating concerns and experience anticipating likely questions and interests, building mutual trust
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Impeccable judgment, problem-solving, and political savvy
  • Demonstrated project management skills, ability to juggle short-term and long-term tasks/responsibilities on deadline without letting details slip through the cracks
  • 6-8 years experience in high-stakes communications environments
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at careers@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

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Washington, DC
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