Communications Officer

New York, New York, United States

Ref#: POS-3206

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About the Foundation

Two Sigma is seeking a full-time Communications Officer to support Overdeck Family Foundation (the “Foundation”). The ideal candidate will bring a passion for education issues as well as demonstrated talent for creating strategies for communicating effectively with multiple audiences.

Reporting to the Vice President (VP) and collaborating with the Foundation team, the Communications Officer will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to articulate the Foundation’s mission consistently. The Communications Officer will ensure that the Foundation is viewed as a credible thought leader, disseminator, and conduit of information within this diverse network and constituent base. Visit www.overdeck.org for more information.

About Two Sigma

Two Sigma is a technology company dedicated to finding value in the world’s data.  Since its founding in 2001, Two Sigma has built an innovative platform that combines extraordinary computing power, vast amounts of information, and advanced data science to produce breakthroughs in investment management, insurance and related fields. Today, Two Sigma manages more than $50 billion in assets, employs more than 1,300 people and has offices in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Houston and London. For more information, please visit twosigma.com.

Responsibilities

Overdeck Family Foundation is seeking an accomplished Communications Officer who has at least 5 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit or socially minded for-profit entity, and covering areas such as content generation, strategic consulting, website content, newsletters, and external communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

Communications Strategy, Vision, and Goals

  • Design communications goals and objectives for foundation strategy and tactical efforts towards stated mission.
  • Identify key audiences for all goals and objectives related to foundation, portfolio strategies and tactical efforts.
  • Build and maintain the Foundation’s brand, while helping develop and hone a distinct voice for the organization.
  • Work with the team to identify internal and external communications opportunities and challenges, and define and execute appropriate strategies to address them.

 

Content Generation

  • Lead the generation of internal and online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate.
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Support the team and program leads on thought leadership / written articles aligned to strategy and in furtherance of the Foundation’s mission and brand.

Content Distribution + Management

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, annual reports, internal learning assets, newsletters, brochures, and the Foundation’s website.
  • Manage vendors responsible for the Foundation’s website administration and coordination.
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Coordinate and organize annual meetings that engage the Foundation’s diverse audiences.
  • Manage all media contacts and relations (interaction with journalists, effectiveness of spokespeople, coverage in print and on television).

Evaluation

  • Track and measure the level of engagement within networks over time.
  • Design and evaluate strategic initiatives for the Foundation and portfolios, tactical efforts, and measure success of the communications strategy overall.

Required Experience/Attributes

  • Interest in Foundation’s mission of unlocking every child’s potential for excellence by forming strategic partnerships to fund promising, evidence-based ideas that create lasting value
  • At least 5 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit or socially minded for-profit entity
  • Bachelor’s degree is required with a preference for journalism, public affairs, communications, public policy, education, or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Strategic communication skills with 5+years of experience in designing and implementing successful communications strategies.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including the ability to take complex concepts and communicate them clearly and concisely to internal and external audiences.
  • Experience with media relations, and demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters, editors, bloggers, and social media influencers to achieve high-impact placements.
  • Exhibit a passion for and strong interest in education; previous experience working in education or an education-related role, and subject matter proficiency
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to make decisions, serve as a unifying force, and position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters

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