About the Organization
The 11th Hour Project, a grant-making entity of The Schmidt Family Foundation, is committed to promoting a responsible relationship with the planet’s food, water and energy resources. Their work focuses on exposing and addressing the human and climate costs of destructive energy, agricultural and mining practices, while supporting efforts to advance more ecological and people-centered models. They believe that diversity brings about greater sustainability on all levels and aim to use their resources to generate greater social and environmental diversity through grant-making and other related investments. The 11th Hour Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued and supported.
To learn more about The 11th Hour Project, please visit their website.
The Communications Manager will join the 11th Hour Project at a time of strategic evolution, increased visibility, and growing impact. Reporting to the Director of Emerging Strategies, the Communications Manager will lead the implementation of the Foundation’s newly revised communications strategy across The 11th Hour Project’s programmatic areas. With support from a growing and passionate team, they will continue to build momentum to identify, develop, and execute against opportunities to amplify the work of the Foundation and its grantees, while also raising broader awareness of key issues across a wider audience. The Communications Manager has the compelling opportunity to participate in and support a crucial movement towards a more regenerative economy through systems-level work at the nexus of energy, food and agriculture, and human rights.
Working collaboratively with and across teams, the Communications Manager will develop thoughtful narratives and create platforms of engagement for staff, grantees, and partners. Operating with the belief that the media has a critical role to play in highlighting the voices of disenfranchised communities and shedding light on underreported issues, this person will play a central role in carrying out the 11th Hour Project’s mission to raise awareness, leverage powerful storytelling tools, and influence action around some of the most pressing global issues of our time.
11th Hour Project Support
- Ensure that all communications pieces are aligned with the Foundation’s mission, brand, and identity.
- Develop communications best practices to be implemented across Program areas, ensuring consistent messaging and delivery.
- Collaborate with Program staff to identify opportunities for external engagement (op-eds, partner pieces with influencers, speaking engagements, convenings).
- Create and deliver internal and external communications collateral for staff (talking points, speeches, Board briefings).
- Develop and implement social media strategy aimed at deeper engagement and increased visibility across platforms.
- Partner with the Director of Emerging Strategies to provide ongoing implementation support for the overall communications strategy.
- Serve as the primary lead for all media relations work, pitching stories, developing op-ed pieces, and managing media outlet relationships.
- Work closely with grantees to identify media opportunities to raise awareness of their work, crafting stories and developing partnerships to advance their causes.
- Manage vendor relationships, setting objectives and timelines for deliverables.
- Participate in the planning and execution of events and convenings with grantees and partner organizations.
The Ideal Candidate
The 11th Hour Project seeks a communications professional who is driven and energized by a genuine belief in the Foundation’s mission and passionate about their programmatic areas. While content expertise is not required, candidates must demonstrate the intellectual curiosity to become a knowledgeable partner to both the Program staff and grantees. The successful candidate will leverage their communications expertise to work with and across stakeholders with the ever-present goal of expanding awareness and driving action around critical issue areas.
The incoming Communications Manager will bring experience implementing communications strategies for mission-driven organizations, understanding how to translate complex topics into accessible, relatable, compelling narratives. Exceptional written and verbal communications skills are a must, along with the ability to develop and tailor content for use across a myriad of platforms and channels. Ideally, candidates will also bring a background in journalism and/or strong experience in media relations. This person will have a demonstrated track record of successfully pitching stories to media and securing coverage, while also staffing Program team members and sector experts in the creation of purposeful content.
As the primary person executing against the Communications strategy, the Communications Manager must bring strong project management skills and the ability to lead initiatives from inception to completion. Ideal candidates will be organized and detail-driven, able to juggle multiple priorities and comfortable managing through influence to achieve objectives and deliver against timelines in a dynamic and results-oriented environment.
Given the Foundation’s focus on increased exposure, the Communications Manager will need to bring a nuanced understanding of how to thoughtfully engage all staff as the organization tests new levels of visibility. Rather than operating as a sole contributor, the ideal candidate will collaborate with and support Program staff in ways that demonstrate a genuine desire to understand their work and that of their grantees. Leading with a sense of humility, the Communications Manager will possess a high degree of emotional intelligence, a strategic mindset to contribute to iterative learnings and revisions, and a consultative approach to partnering with sector experts.
Candidates must possess a minimum of five years of professional organizational communications experience, with a focus on media relations, public relations, digital media, and/or marketing. Journalism experience is highly desirable. Experience working in philanthropic and/or mission driven organizations is a plus.
Impeccable, top-notch written and verbal communications skills are essential, as is an understanding of how to translate complex topics into relatable content. Candidates should also bring strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize demands in a fast-paced environment.
This position will be based in Palo Alto, California with minimal domestic and international travel. In the near future, The 11th Hour Project will relocate its office to Menlo Park, California.