Carnegie Corporation is seeking to hire a Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer. This position serves as a key driver of outreach and stewardship of the “brand.” The Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer is responsible for developing and managing the internal and external communications strategy involving grantees, sister institutions, trustees, staff and public relations, media relations, special events, programmatic dissemination efforts, publications and crisis communications.
Using a combination of established and digital communication strategies, this position will be responsible for increasing the positive awareness and dissemination of Corporation supported work to all stakeholders, including the press, grantees and general public.
The Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer is a senior leadership position with responsibilities including: managing a team of communications professionals; overseeing the Corporation’s communications strategy and brand positioning; and providing counsel and guidance to senior leadership and program staff. The Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer will report to the President and work closely with other members of the executive team.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive the overall external communications strategy for the Corporation to advance its mission
  • Advise senior leadership on media strategy, messaging and outreach
  • Extend Corporation’s convening power through creation/implementation of effective forums
  • Provide strategy and oversee the Corporation’s publications and digital properties, including its website and social media channels
  • Work in conjunction with and sometimes oversee communications, design, public affairs and advertising consultants, writers and grantees
  • Supervise and manage communications team members
  • Serve as a member of the Corporation’s senior leadership  
  • Identify and work to secure media opportunities for key staff and board
  • When appropriate, represent the Corporation and communicate its goals with key stakeholders
  • Brief key staff for interviews and public appearances
  • Provide quarterly updates to the board of trustees

Professional Experience:

  • Extensive contacts and networks in the fields of media, K-12 education, immigration, democracy, higher education in Africa, states at risk, nuclear non-proliferation as well as professional contacts in journalism print new and traditional media, policy academia and philanthropy
  • Firsthand experience and strategic track record for proactively developing original content for traditional and new media sources
  • Proven track record using social media to engage communities in conversations surrounding key issues relating to the Corporation
  • Driver of new media partnerships
  • Expertise in all social media platforms; specifically Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Expertise and passion for national policies affecting education reform, immigration, peace and security, states at risk and higher education in Africa, and other pertinent national and international issues
  • Experience with new media and digital design
  • Ability to produce multimedia content, including creative storytelling, video and digital programming
  • Ability to identify and build audiences and engage audiences in conversations around pertinent issues
  • Ability to work cooperatively  with all levels of professional, technical and administrative staff within a  collaborative culture
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent influencing, networking and relationship-building skills
  • A record of creative and expository writing and editorial experience
  • Successful track record of dissemination of campaigns and formulation of metrics to evaluation communication initiatives and projects
  • 15+ years of leadership experience working to promote the dissemination strategy of a national organization or public institution
  • Experience supervising, managing and motivating teams and individual staff: a team player who is comfortable working collaboratively
  • Experience with change management
  • Experience with drafting and executing strategic plans
  • Experience designing and executing large-scale events
  • Experience in crisis communications

Education and Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Advanced degree in communications, public policy, journalism or other related field desirable.

To apply please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, writing sample, link to portfolio and references by September 15, 2016 to:

Carnegie Corporation of New York is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEOC”) laws.  The Carnegie Corporation of New York strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, and any other characteristic protected by law.