The Director of Strategic Communications is a senior leadership role with primary responsibility for guiding and strengthening both institutional and programmatic communications for the foundation. Based in New York City, the Director serves as expert and thought leader in the design and execution of a robust communications strategy that builds the foundation’s brand and advances the work of its programs in the U.S. and in 10 regions around the world.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Global Communications. The Director will lead a team of direct reports specializing in strategic communications in support of Ford’s grantmaking teams, as well as media relations, executive positioning, and crisis communications. A key partner is the Director of Audience Engagement and Outreach, who is co-lead in guiding a strong 20-member comms team to fulfill overall communication and brand goals. The Director will also work closely with the President and senior leadership team, including a close partnership with the Executive Vice President for Programs.
An essential and visible role across the foundation, the Director has two primary accountabilities: Guiding strategic communications support for the foundation’s program teams and directing overall media relations and executive positioning.
The Director must be a seasoned communications leader with both U.S. and international experience attained in both the private sector as well as the social or public sectors. A proven thought leader and an inspiring manager of people and process, the broad scope of this role includes organizational leadership as well as functional and strategic expertise.
Truly superior writing, command of best practices in a rapidly evolving comms world; meaningful experience with the issues the foundation works on; and an ability to engage and collaborate successfully with a visionary president and leadership team are essential. The ability to create trust and confidence with diverse colleagues across cultures around the world is also critical.