The Wiki Education Foundation is a young 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to connecting academic resources to the publishing power of Wikipedia, and expanding access to information for all. In our most established program, university instructors across the USA and Canada assign students to add content to Wikipedia articles related to their coursework. Students gain key skills such as writing, research, critical thinking, and media literacy. Meanwhile, Wikipedia’s content grows. It’s an elegant solution that has connected thousands of students to millions of readers.
The Communications Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. In particular, the Communications Manager will develop, implement, and evaluate strategic media and communication plans to increase media exposure and coverage in high profile publications. He or she will also lead the generation of online and print content that engages audiences and shapes our brand. The goal is to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support for the organization.
The successful candidate for the position has experience of raising the profile of an organization through media work, the ability to communicate clearly, the organizational skills to balance multiple competing projects simultaneously, and the desire to change the world by connecting Wikipedia and academia. He or she will work closely with the ED, the members of the senior leadership team, and programs staff as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.
Candidates for this this position must share a deep belief that Wikipedia belongs in education and be eager to make a significant impact on the world while working with a small team of enthusiastic individuals. Our program participants are adding a huge amount of new content to Wikipedia, and we’re looking for someone to tell the story of how we’re making a difference to Wikipedia’s readers.
Duties and responsibilities
- Take the lead in creating and executing a media strategy to raise the visibility of the organization and its impact.
- Put communications in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
- Secure high-level placements in print and online media at the local and national level.
- Work with the senior leadership team and programs staff to recognize external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
- Provide expertise and feedback to Director of Development on the communications aspects of donor activation and cultivation.
- Manage blog and social media channels, including writing about our programmatic impact and supporting guest writers.
- Provide expertise to senior leadership and staff who represent the Wiki Education Foundation at conferences and other speaking opportunities.
- Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral.
- Develop literature, including printed and online, that helps program participants learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
- Work with design and print contractors to produce print publications about and in support of our programmatic activities.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 7+ years’ experience in a communications role, ideally part of which is in a nonprofit environment.
- Proven track record designing and executing successful media relations campaigns at both a local and national level within the United States/Canada.
- Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
- Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
- A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
- Knowledge of the U.S. or Canada higher education system.
- Solid understanding of statistics and how to interpret numbers for a general audience.
- Knowledge of higher education communications and media.
- A mission-driven individual with an understanding of, belief in and commitment to the benefits of freely available information.
- Emotionally mature and self-reliant; someone who will thrive working in a small team; an ability to tolerate a high degree of ambiguity, and to negotiate with people having sharply defined opinions while maintaining positive, respectful relationships.
- A strong believer in the value of using Wikipedia in the classroom who can powerfully embody the vision of the Wiki Education Foundation.
- Intellectually curious and flexible: enjoys tackling difficult, ambiguous problems; loves learning from others and expanding intellectual horizons.
- Comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback; proactive candid communicator who wants people to know what she/he is doing and isn’t afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when you need help; can handle criticism in a mature fashion.
Compensation and workplace
We offer a competitive salary (depending on prior experience) and an excellent benefits package, including health/dental/vision insurance for your whole family, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match and 100% vesting, and a wellness plan. This position is based in our San Francisco office.
Application packets must include the following:
- A cover letter
- Your resume
- Three professional writing samples (links to your published work or PDFs)
Send these to email@example.com with “Communications Manager application” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.