Director of Media Relations and Strategy

Princeton, Mercer County
Mar 28, 2014
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Non-Profit Organizations & Associations
Reporting jointly to the President and the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Media Relations and Strategy will set a high standard of professionalism by providing the leadership, strategy development and coordination that will enable the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to disseminate its programmatic activities and research broadly and effectively. He or she will help define a common strategic communications agenda that will help position the Foundation and its senior leadership among education and leadership development influencers and will establish the Foundation’s role as advisory to leadership audiences in the higher education and education policy arena in Washington, nationwide and abroad. In doing so, the Director of Media Relations and Strategy will advance the organization’s strategic agenda, helping to lend specificity to the mission—identifying and developing leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s most critical challenges. Important: See fuller description at IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES The Director of Media Relations and Strategy will be expected to develop and implement a successful strategy to communicate and disseminate the Foundation’s mission and values—as well as the impact of the specific work—to key constituents in order to elevate the Foundation’s influence on practice, policy and leaders, working in close collaboration with the President, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Communications/Vice President of the Foundation, and the Vice President for Development, the senior leadership team, and the program directors. The Director will develop and implement a strategic communications plan for the Foundation that is both realistic and challenging; create standards for accountability and report on outcomes. See additional priorities at KEY RESPONSIBILITIES In addition, the Director of Media Relations and Strategy will be required to set specific goals for the positioning of the Foundation and Foundation leadership, providing detailed progress reports and adhering to a budget for this work; maintain a visible and effective role as a media liaison for the Foundation; develop and share best practices in new media, and track impact of the Foundation’s new media tools; and take the lead on blogging and social media presence, as well as other writing to be produced by Foundation leadership and affiliates. See additional responsibilities at IDEAL EXPERIENCE • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable. • Senior person with experience either in media, nonprofit organizations, or preferably both. • Progressively responsible and challenging external and internal communications senior management experience in a similar scale organization. • Strong contact network, with extensive knowledge of national and key regional education reporters, news outlets, key policy makers and their staffs, and educational associations. • Knowledge of the field of education (K–12 through higher education) and of key issues in education policy. • A proven record of developing and delivering strategic communications initiatives. • Knowledge of current communication technology and media, especially web-based communications and social media. • Experience collaborating with senior leadership. PERSONAL QUALITIES • Demonstrated interest in the Foundation’s areas of interest, particularly in education policy. • Ability to cope with ambiguity and change; entrepreneurial spirit. • Energetic self-starter and creative thinker with collaborative spirit. • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work cooperatively and strategically with all levels of professional, technical and administrative staff. • Proven ability to transfer good communication skills to non-communications colleagues. • Excellent networking and relationship building skills. • Good judgment and integrity; values confidentiality of work at all times. • Proactive, results-driven, hands-on, highly communicative and people sensitive. • Comfortable working collaboratively and sharing information. • Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor in order to maintain balance and perspective. Please send nominations or applications including cover letters, résumés and all contact information to Stephanie Hull, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, at