About the Foundation As one of the nation’s largest independent foundations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. We are placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, we continue our historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. We support the work of organizations in about 50 countries. To learn more about the Foundation please visit www.macfound.org.
The Opportunity The MacArthur Communications team builds thoughtful and creative communications strategies to advance the work of the Foundation and its grantees in bringing about social change. As a Communications Officer, you will be responsible for proactively creating, implementing, and managing strategic communications plans for a portfolio of MacArthur’s programmatic work. You must be able to leverage your understanding of the dynamic tools and landscape of strategic communications, particularly as it relates to issue-based initiatives. The role offers the opportunity to work across wide ranging and evolving issue areas and the flexibility to grow skills and knowledge.
The detailed position profile describing the ideal candidate and desired qualifications can be found here.
Important Personal Attributes for Success
•Effective, clear, concise communication style; active listener; •Superb interpersonal dexterity and self-awareness; •Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability; •Effective at prioritizing multiple, competing demands and a busy meeting schedule; •Collegial, positive attitude and a team orientation; and •Respectful of others’ time and work needs; proactively keeps others informed; treats colleagues with respect and courtesy.
Desired Qualifications •A Bachelor’s degree; •At least seven years of full-time communications work experience on issue or cause-related work, in or for mission-driven organizations, in roles such as public relations, media relations, public affairs, campaign or policy communications; •An understanding of social change gained from direct experience in a nonprofit, NGO, social enterprise, university, government, or a communications agency is an asset; •Demonstrated ability to learn and translate complex subject matter; and •A track record of success developing and executing comprehensive strategic communications programs in a highly complex, multi-layered, intellectually rigorous work environment.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and benefits from the talents of a diverse staff. We benefit as individuals and the work is better because of our staff’s diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences.
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