The Case Foundation, created by Jean and Steve Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation creates and supports initiatives that leverage new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to drive innovation in the social sector and encourage individuals to get involved with the communities and causes they care about.
The Foundation is looking for a proven, senior level executive to lead its communications and marketing team. Reporting into the CEO, this individual will oversee and manage a range of strategic communications initiatives focused on advancing the Foundation’s efforts to catalyze new movements in social innovation. The SVP of Communications & Marketing should have a track record of generating significant visibility for innovative organizations and should have a passion for working at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and social change.
Strategy, Vision and Leadership
- Develop and lead implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the Case Foundation’s messages related to its work, its perspective on issues related to social change, and its role as a key player in the philanthropic sector.
- Serve as a member of the Foundation’s executive team, serving a key role in overall strategic planning for the organization.
- Create public relations strategy that enables Foundation leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences.
- Work with executive leadership and the communications team to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
- Track best practices and become a category expert in about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the Foundation’s areas of focus.
- Serve as one of the organization’s primary spokespeople, speaking on the record to journalists and representing the Foundation at conferences and on webinars, at meetings, etc. as appropriate.
Executive Thought Leadership
- Serve as primary senior communications counsel to the Foundation’s CEO, Jean Case, managing publicity and thought leadership initiatives that assist in elevating the profile of the Foundation and its key partners.
- Participate in / travel with the CEO for speaking engagements, press interviews as needed.
- Maintain close ties to key organizations where the CEO serves in board roles including (but not limited to) National Geographic, the White House Historical Association, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation.
- Lead development of strategy for CEO-authored book to be released in 2017, including assistance in research, placement with publisher, and planning for publicity efforts.
- Own and manage development of all written communications including press releases, marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including the Foundation’s website and social media.
- Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and oversee preparation of talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material for the CEO and other key Foundation executives as needed.
- Oversee the organization’s proactive thought leadership strategy, working closely with the Vice President of Communications, designed to elevate the profile of key Case Foundation initiatives and team members.
- Own and manage the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development.
- Manage the communications and marketing team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy.
- Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
- Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
- Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments
The SVP, Communications & Marketing should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Confidence and enthusiasm when communicating to both external partners and the internal project team in both formal and informal presentations.
- A flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including the humility and grace to work effectively with others in a collaborative, fast-paced environment, a “can do” attitude.
- Has an eye towards opportunity; savvy around cultural and news events and happenings
- Possess a high level of energy; be self-motivated.
- Excellent at leveraging social media and other innovative technologies
- Bachelor’s degree required (in Communications, English, Journalism or related field preferred); Masters degree a plus.
- 15+ years of professional communications, public relations and marketing experience, including 5+ years in a senior management role.
- Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization’s mission and goals, including a track record with leveraging social media and other digital communications tools.
- Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
- Experience in building, mentoring and coaching a team of communications specialists.
- Experience with internal or external “client” management.
- Extensive experience writing articles, blog posts and other content; strong editing eye.
- Passion for social innovation with depth of knowledge in field, including philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, etc.
Please email resume and cover letter to email@example.com, using the subject line: “Case Foundation SVP Communications & Marketing.” We will only contact candidates who will be asked to come in for interviews.