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IFTF Seeks Content & Communications Manager
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The submission period for this position closed Mar 17, 2017; IFTF is no longer accepting new applications.
We're seeking a whip-smart, insatiably curious, and hyper-motivated individual to help us build our new Content Studio Initiative and tell stories that spark the imagination, shape big conversations, and engage the public in the IFTF mission of futures thinking to make better decisions in the present. Institute for the Future’s new Content Studio is dedicated to making our rigorous research accessible and compelling to a general audience in order to maximize our impact on the world.
The Content Studio Initiative is a part of IFTF’s current 5-year vision as a “civic futures organization” to reach new audiences, influence the influencers, build awareness, drive policy, and move culture. This group within IFTF works closely with the interdisciplinary research teams to curate the important stories emerging from their work that will grab the public’s attention—from surprising forecasts supported with startling real world examples, to humanizing tales of people who already seem to be living in the future, to explanations of complicated topics that everyone urgently needs to understand. We will tell those stories through diverse media—from writing feature articles, publishing interviews, recording podcasts, hosting events and exhibits, producing videos, and creating other forms of media. Once we create the content, the next step is to amplify it through social media, print and digital publications, partnerships, the press, and other channels.
About the Position
IFTF's Content Studio is made up of a small group of distributed, highly-collaborative and creative IFTF leaders. Strong organization, writing, and communication skills are a necessity, as we all manage multiple projects and wear multiple hats, proactively contributing wherever we can add value. The work is creative, experimental, fast-paced, and embodies a DIY ethic with a high standard of quality.
The responsibilities of the Content & Communications Manager include:
Communications, Community & Public Engagement
- Editorial and written communications as needed
- Translate messages and research content for general audiences across communications channels
- Research assistance as needed
- Lead social media and amplification strategy for individual projects and organization overall
- Amplify content through IFTF’s social media channels, e-newsletters, digital publications, and media partners
- Manage editorial processes and track content
- Manage media and PR requests with PR firm and EP, including scheduling and tracking
- Organize and manage media contacts database
Program & Project Management
- Manage multiple (simultaneous) programs, projects, clients, deadlines, and deliverables
- Liaise with researchers, storytellers, production staff, and freelancers to translate, ensure voices are heard, resources are appropriately allocated, milestones are established, and deadlines are met
- Develop and manage project budgets
- Hold the momentum of the team with enthusiasm and discipline
Education & Desired Qualifications
- BA/BS required
- 3-5 years of work experience in communications media, research, or related content field
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Understanding of research and media production processes
- Project management experience in a digital media organization
- Experience using social media with proven ability to amplify content and increase public engagement
- Budgeting experience, ideally in the realm of media
- Ability to collaborate effectively with distributed teams
- Comfortable in a creative, experimental environment
Terms of Position
The position is located in Palo Alto, California.
How to Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATIONS DUE: March 17, 2017