Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Digital Content Marketing Lead (DCML) is a pivotal player in the Office of Communications working with a talented team of content producers and strategists and setting digital content strategy and priorities.
The DCML will directly manage a communications associate and be the overall project manager for the digital content team - responsible for coordinating workflows and ensuring that all content-related projects are executed and delivered in a timely manner. S/he will have an overview of all the projects underway at any time to ensure that they are aligned, in sync and complementary to each other.
The DCML has proven talents as a storyteller and an appreciation for the potential of a story to engage audiences and move them to action. He/she is a smart strategic thinker with keen editorial instincts and writing skills as well as ability to spot opportunities and the stories to harness them. The successful candidate has a fascination with ideas, an aptitude for reducing complex issues to easily understandable concepts and will be ahead of the curve on trends in the digital space. The DCML also has responsibility for nurturing creativity and productivity within the team and contributes ideas for the creation, curation, distribution and redistribution of all forms of content.
The DCML is an evangelist for the power of good digital content and marketing strategies, taking the lead in developing the digital skills and expertise of program staff and leadership throughout the foundation and ensuring that staff understands how best to use the digital space to move the needle on social change. DCML will partner closely with staff across the office of communications; of particular importance will be the partnership with the Lead Writer and Editor who plays a pivotal role in setting editorial guidelines and direction, developing the foundation’s online style, creating and editing content and brainstorming ideas.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Defines digital content strategy and priorities, particularly marketing plans, to further the foundation’s institutional and programmatic goals
Facilitates digital team’s creative process and helps ensure ideas are translated into concrete strategies, activities, and tactics
Ensures projects in all digital content channels stay on track—including the web, social media, and multimedia
Facilitates and leads creative brainstorming sessions to develop new ideas for content development and digital/social engagement
Creates content from scratch and repurposes other material for digital use
Develops guidelines for content creation and marketing for all digital channels and ensures their implementation
Fosters close relationships with program teams and the foundation leadership and develops a firm understanding of program strategies and priorities
Develops strategies to maximize and grow audiences and deepen engagement
Coordinates reports and analytics to evaluate the effectiveness of content and marketing projects
Writes and edits content for any communications channel—from print to social—as needed
BA/BS plus at least 8 years’ experience in progressively responsible content marketing and public interest communications roles, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Deep expertise in digital marketing and content development best practices (including SEO, web content optimization, paid and organic promotion, UX, strong journalistic and editorial insights)
Experience in or demonstrated interest in fields related to the foundation's mission and grant-making
Experience as a manager who can prioritize projects, oversee schedules, ensure communication between team members, and track the progress of projects underway at any given time.
Experience growing and engaging online audience
Strong knowledge of – and hands-on experience with – digital communications and social media and continuing interest in developments in the digital space
Experience developing content to advance social change
Experience in leading the development of comprehensive outreach strategies
Ability to work independently as well as in collegial, mutually supportive team environment
Strong understanding and experience related to international issues
Master’s degree in related field
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Familiarity with foundations and the nonprofit sector
Non-profit and/or government communications background
Proven conceptual, analytical and project management skills
ALIGNMENT TO THE MISSION AND CULTURE OF THE FORD FOUNDATION:
Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, fairness, and diversity
Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
Action-oriented and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams
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.