The Ford Foundation is seeking a Digital Writer and Editor (DWE) to join the Office of Communications (OC). Reporting directly to the Managing Editor, the DWE is a strong writer and editor with a sharp eye, preferably with a background in journalism or communications, who has a strong understanding of social issues. They help the Managing Editor ensure the creation and maintenance of a strong, comprehensive brand narrative as well as the foundation’s style and voice. They believe in the power of storytelling and are excited by the idea of exploring Ford’s legacy of social justice to identify story ideas; help create compelling, human-driven stories to advance its goals; and strengthen its storytelling with strategic partnership and collaboration across the foundation.
The ideal candidate has an inquisitive mind and is a quick study who can easily and thoughtfully grasp the complex issues at the heart of Ford’s work. They are collaborative, fluent in cross-cultural communications and inclusive in their search for powerful stories. The DWE is a sense-maker who can break down and synthesize a wide array of materials to extract the most compelling, salient points to help Ford clarify its messaging and communications while preserving the integrity of the subject.
- 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
- Own and 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, features, etc. for Ford’s storytelling platform
- Oversee the creation of Ford’s monthly newsletters and e-communications and manage their production and distribution
- Own regular copy updates and brand maintenance across Ford’s site, like managing bios and the annual updates of our program pages
- Partner with social media manager for big storytelling features and initiatives to develop social content and create social media toolkits for Ford’s partners
- 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
- 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
- Work closely with the Managing Editor and Creative 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
- BA in journalism, communications, marketing or similar plus 3+ years of communications experience at a publication, organization or 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
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.
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 212-573-5000.
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
- 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)
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.