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Communications Officer (Mexico City)

Company Name
NPAG
Location Mexico City, Mexico
Date Posted May 30, 2018
Category Communication
Job Type Full Time
Duration 12 months
Closing date for applications 9/30/2018
Experience Required 1+ year

Description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for a Communications Officer for Mexico Programs. Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the new Communications Officer will execute the foundation’s internal and external strategy with the Officer managing that strategy from the field throughout the foundation’s network. The new Communications Officer will be a seasoned, skilled storyteller with the ability to craft content that engages audiences around the foundation’s identity, mission, programming and impact. S/he will join the Latin America and Caribbean team to implement a communication and outreach strategy to raise awareness and advance the social impact of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s priorities. The Communications Officer will be responsible for telling the foundation’s story in Mexico and managing media relations, social media platforms, writing high level editorial content and other relevant communication and outreach activities.

Under the direction of Mary Cohen, Vice President of Communications, the Communication Officer will not only oversee the foundation’s internal and communication strategy, they will also contribute to the development of national and place-based programs. Leveraging the foundation’s matrixed or networked model, each Communication Officer will collaborate closely with the program staff and foundation leadership as they strategize the goals and objectives of each portfolio. This collaborative working model positions Communication Officers not only as thought-partners on the communication strategy but also as thought-partners to Program Officers as they conceptualize and execute the foundation’s grantmaking strategy.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or licenciatura in journalism, public communication, fine arts, marketing, communications, or related field and at least eight years’ experience in communications with an agency, corporation, publication, or a nonprofit organization. S/he will be committed to advancing social change and achieving racial equity, with particular interest in the foundation’s mission to create healthy communities for children and families; and a desire to lean into the foundation’s new networked model that relies on agile, collaborative teams. Additionally, s/he will have demonstrated experience partnering with leadership to create content across mediums; the ability to analyze and translate raw data and or technical information; the ability to translate it into accessible language for multiple audiences; and an in-depth understanding of current digital marketing technologies, industry trends, and audience engagement tactics. Success at a networked organization requires each team member to be highly-motivated and nimble, results-oriented and adaptable. The ideal candidate will bring passion, maturity, creativity, and humility to the role of Communications Officer.

The search committee is being assisted by national search firm NPAG. Please see application instructions at the end of this document.

HISTORY AND MISSION

In 1930, breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg donated $66 million in Kellogg Company stock and other investments “to help people help themselves” launching the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Foundation began its work in Michigan, but by the 1940s had expanded its work internationally and was breaking ground in areas such as rural children’s health, “mainstreaming” children with disabilities, and the development of the healthcare profession. By its 50th anniversary, the Foundation was among the world’s largest private philanthropic organizations.
“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.”
To advance this mission, W. K. Kellogg Foundation created a framework to prioritize investment decisions toward achieving desired ends.
This new framework supports disciplined choices toward targeted outcomes and stronger alignment across programs. It is a focused and networked approach to strategic programming that relies on close cross-foundation collaboration and agile teams [to leverage human capital and knowledge resources] to positively impact vulnerable children, families, and communities. Across bodies of work the Foundation will access an array of change-making tools – grantmaking, impact investing, contracting, networking and convenings – to ensure progress. Racial equity, community engagement and leadership development are woven into each endeavor as essential to the creation of a social context in which all children can thrive, particularly the most vulnerable.
COMMUNICATIONS AT THE FOUNDATION


The Communication team plays a central role in elevating the foundation’s strategies and engaging its diverse stakeholders around funding, programmatic priorities, grantees and partners to priority audiences, including internal staff, grantseekers, grantees, policymakers/thought leaders, community leaders/members, peer foundations, the media, job seekers, and the general public. The foundation’s robust website is the central hub of communications with the overarching goal of highlighting grantees, sharing lessons learned, fostering conversation, and advancing the foundation’s mission.

MEXICO PROGRAMS


WKKF began building partnerships in Mexico more than 60 years ago to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable rural and indigenous communities. The core belief for WKKF’s work in Mexico is that active and inclusive participation is essential to creating conditions where children can thrive. Today, the foundation’s efforts are concentrated in two regions of the country where poverty is particularly high, the Highlands of Chiapas and the inner areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. WKKF works closely with the Maya, Tsotsil, and Tseltal indigenous communities on comprehensive investments in education, health, and family economic security. In keeping with the core belief of active and inclusive engagement, WKKF partners with leaders and members of the indigenous communities in creating visioning plans to guide these efforts. The most recent efforts include grassroots intervention strategies based on improving food security through land management; the creation of community observatories in Chiapas to monitor and evaluate municipal decisions which affect indigenous residents; and a program in the Yucatan which trains women in different productive activities to increase family income.


OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER


The new Communications Officer will be responsible for the execution of the foundation’s internal and external communications goals and objectives with intense focus and a growing expertise on how best to execute that strategy from the perspective of Mexico City Programs. Reporting to the Vice President of Communications and the Director of Mexico City, s/he will collaborate with program staff and peers to appropriately elevate Mexico City funding strategies, programmatic priorities, grantees, and partners to priority audiences.

Specifically, the Communications Officer will:

Partner with the national VP of Communications on the Foundation’s national communication strategy and goals while also adapting that strategy to create content that highlights and advances the social impact of the work of the Mexico City Programs. The new Communications Officer will be a regional and national thought-partner, deeply committed to crafting and sharing the nuances of WKKF Story – specifically how that story is influenced and perfected by the grantees, communities and programming in Mexico. As the new Communications Officer creates content, s/he will maintain a workflow that prioritizes close collaboration with the national foundation leadership and the programs team in Mexico.

Liaise with Director and Program Officers to develop a sincere, thoughtful understanding on the critical issues and trends facing children and communities in Latin American. In order to accurately craft and deliver content that highlights the foundation’s impact in Mexico City, Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula. The new Communications Officer will need to develop processes by which s/he will acclimate themselves to the history and impact of the Latin American and Caribbean portfolio. S/he will ultimately be responsible for interpreting the work of Mexico programs team into media products that balance the national identity of the foundation with the priorities and cultural and political nuances of the place-based work.

Maintain close, mutually collaborative relationships with foundation leadership, programs team and national work groups to continuously drive and refine the development of the programming strategy. Communications Officers at the foundation are integral voices in grantmaking strategy. S/he will participate in program meetings and offer support to the program officers and directors as they develop and execute the goals and objectives of the portfolio.

Support the foundation’s social media engagement to advance the digital ecosystem’s effectiveness. The new Communications Officer will support the Digital Communications Team as it designs and develops of content optimized for social media platforms.


QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE


While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will be fully bilingual in English and Spanish and possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

• A bachelor’s degree or licenciatura in journalism, public communication, public relations, marketing, communications, or related field required and work experience (8+ years) in communications with an agency, corporation, or a nonprofit organization.

• Commitment to advancing social change and achieving racial equity, with particular interest in the foundation’s grantmaking strategies to create healthy communities for children and families.

• Demonstrated, successful experience in interviewing (English and Spanish-speaking subjects), analysis, narrative writing, journalistic writing, blogging, copy editing, and long form conceptualization.

• Demonstrated experience partnering with colleagues and organizational leadership to collect raw information and translating that information into multimedia content, accessible by diverse, priority audiences.

• The ability to consistently create high quality content (including but not limited to: press releases, blog posts, features for the WKKF website, scripts, op eds, long form narratives, and other tools to communicate with grantees and community partners) independently and/or in partnership with colleagues in the Communications Department.

• Entrepreneurial-minded, a self-starter, who is also a highly-motivated, results-driven collaborative leader who works well in cross-functional teams; a well-rounded, driven, and highly dependable individual who thinks creatively, approaches work with humility, and is committed to delivering quality results on large projects and daily tasks.

• Experience leading and or collaborating with a digital communications team with in-depth knowledge of digital and social media engagement tactics and trends for audiences in the US and Latin America.

• The ability to actively participate in problem resolution, reacting positively and quickly to changing dynamics; strong trouble-shooting capabilities with a skill for remaining flexible and open to internal workflow changes; work well under pressure with tight timelines; demonstrated ability to use interpersonal skills with tact and diplomacy.

• Pristine spelling, grammar, punctuation, and verbal and written communication skills required; ability to work independently, handle multiple projects with various deadlines and priorities, exercising good judgment and multi-tasking skills.

• The ability and willingness to travel.

• Candidates for the Mexico City role must be fluent in English and Spanish. For all roles fluency in Maya; Tzeltal; Tzotzil; Haitian Creole; Portuguese; and/or French, is a plus.

APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS


More information about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation may be found at http://www.wkkf.org.

Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: WKKF-COMEX@nonprofitprofessionals.com

The search is being led by national search firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



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