ABOUT THE DAVID AND LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation was founded in 1964 by David and Lucile Packard. We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. We have worked with organizations and leaders in the U.S. and worldwide to advance progress in the critical areas of science, ocean and land conservation, climate change, women’s reproductive health and rights, and the well-being of children, families, and communities.
At a time of multiple, intertwined crises globally and here in the U.S., the Packard Foundation began in 2021 a long-planned review of our grantmaking strategies. The first step of our process was to rearticulate our vision and mission, reexamine our organizational values, and create a strategic framework that builds on and honors the Packard Foundation’s past while advancing justice and equity in all that we do.
OUR VISION: A just and equitable world where both people and nature flourish.
Our new vision embraces a future where both people and nature flourish in a more just and equitable world. We explicitly acknowledge that the fate of people and the natural environment are inextricably linked. Solutions to the complex challenges we face must account for this interconnectedness.
OUR MISSION: We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world.
Our new mission takes on the critical work of addressing root causes of the challenges we face and mobilizing people for collective action. In addition to building on approaches that have guided our philanthropy for decades — working in partnership, committing to issues over the long-term, and grounding our work in science, knowledge, and data – we focus on understanding the systems that either accelerate or impede progress. It is only through just and equitable systems that we can find and sustain solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today.
OUR VALUES: Equity, Integrity, Belief in Individual Leadership, Thinking Big, Respect, and Effectiveness.
In addition to clarifying our long-held values, we added equity. We champion equity by treating people with dignity, honoring a range of ideas and perspectives from those closest to the issues, creating inclusive processes, and funding people who have been historically excluded to spur progress for all. For more information, including our definitions of key concepts, please visit our website.
The Communications department is responsible for shaping internal and external communications that inspire people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. Our department focuses on producing engaging communications that embody our commitment to justice and equity and contribute to consistent, positive experiences for our grantees and partners as we collectively work to accelerate progress toward our common goals.
Reporting to the institutional communications director, the content editor is an exciting new role that will be instrumental in developing the Foundation’s voice and profile through compelling stories that engage audiences and contribute to progress on our mission, vision, and grantmaking goals. This position is responsible for leading the Foundation’s editorial strategy, securing media coverage, and developing impactful content for the Foundation’s platforms and third-party blogs and articles. The ideal candidate is a gifted multi-media storyteller with deep expertise in writing and editing, particularly for a digital-first environment, and is a data-driven professional who thrives in a collaborative, values-driven environment.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Direct the Foundation’s storytelling efforts, working with leaders and departments across the Foundation to create engaging content that illustrates the Foundation’s strategic framework
- Develop and manage the Foundation’s creative content strategy to drive engagement among key audiences; monitor and evaluate the efficacy of strategies and pivot as needed
- Manage the Foundation’s editorial calendar, collaborating with the communications team and Foundation leadership to create and publish related content
- Write and edit multi-media blog posts, stories, and articles for the Foundation’s platforms and third-party blogs and/or news sites
- Regularly write and refresh website content in alignment with Foundation and issue area narratives
- Develop an email strategy and craft an ongoing email and newsletter communication; assess the reach and adjust as needed
- Ensure a consistent voice and tone across the Foundation’s external content by establishing content standards, best practices, and processes for developing, editing, and reviewing content
- Monitor the media landscape surrounding the Foundation and our grantmaking issue areas and identify opportunities to engage with the media
- Build and maintain relationships with members of the press, actively pitching media when relevant
- Field incoming media inquiries, coordinate interview requests, prepare spokespeople for media appearances, and help to hone the Foundation’s message
- Brief Foundation leadership on important stories and key trends
- Support the Foundation’s ongoing organizational identity efforts, including ensuring the Foundation’s identity is consistent across content and key messages
- Monitor, analyze, and report on audience trends and content performance, and apply lessons to future efforts
- Incorporate justice and equity principles into all communications
Bachelor’s degree required in journalism, public affairs, communications, public relations, or liberal arts or equivalent education and experience
- At least 7-10 years of experience in journalism, public relations, nonprofit communications, or public affairs
- Experience developing and executing a content strategy that advances an organization’s mission and vision
- Experience leading effective media campaigns and getting content placed in major media outlets
- Experience acting as a spokesperson for an organization and providing media training to staff
- Experience communicating and creating content that centers on justice and equity
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Skilled writer and editor, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and strategically to different audiences
- Ability to simplify complex topics and describe them clearly and in enough detail for audiences to grasp their meaning and significance
- Strong communication, relationship-building, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with other Foundation teams and grantees
- A storyteller who is passionate about advancing mission-driven organizations
- Ability to implement accessibility standards and best practices Proven ability to operate at both strategic and tactical levels
- Experienced project and budget management for creative projects
- Demonstrated ability to execute and follow through on commitments, prioritize work, and manage time and resources well
- Extensive knowledge of WordPress, Google Analytics, Salesforce, Meltwater, and
- Sound judgment and the ability to handle sensitive or confidential information
- Ability and willingness to work off hours, including nights and weekends, as needed
FIRST REVIEW DATE
May 2, 2023
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The position is full-time. The salary range for this position is $123,000 – $160,000 USD annually. This salary range is an estimate, and the actual salary may vary based on various factors, including without limitation individual education, experience, tenure, certification, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data, including potential adjustments for geographic location. Offers are based on the candidate’s years of experience and our practice of upholding salary equity within the foundation.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation offers excellent benefits for eligible employees. Current benefits include medical (HMO and HDHPs), dental, and vision coverage; 15% employer contribution to an employee retirement plan; life insurance, disability insurance, vacation, and sick leave; an adoption benefit; fertility benefit; a financial wellness program; health advocacy services, paid time off to volunteer for nonprofit organizations; matching grants for employee contributions to tax-exempt organizations; commute assistance; and tuition assistance.
HYBRID WORK POLICY
The Packard Foundation’s current Hybrid Work Policy is that staff are expected to be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except as required by law. Any employment offer will be contingent upon satisfactory proof that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.
The Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer, which means we recruit, hire, assign, train, promote, compensate, provide benefits, discipline, and discharge (and all the other terms and conditions of employment) based on merit, qualifications, job requirements, and other legitimate business factors.
We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or related medical conditions), marital or registered domestic partner status, age (over 40), national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (as defined by California law), military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or on any other category protected by applicable law. We also do not discriminate based on whether a person is associated with someone else who is in any of the protected categories or is perceived to be in any of the protected categories.
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