Press Officer

28 Oct, 2020


Press Officer

Ford Foundation
New York, NY

Ford Foundation is continuing to hire for all open roles with all interviewing and on-boarding done virtually due to COVID-19. Everyone new to the team, along with our current staff, will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

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The Press Officer, reporting to the Media Relations Chief, helps to build and expand the foundation’s brand and public reputation through media engagement and placement of Ford Foundation and its principals in the news.

The Officer works with a team of communications strategists to develop, design, and lead our media strategy, including drafting press releases and advisories, placing and pitching stories and Op-Eds, and identifying media moments and opportunities. She/he/they will work across the foundation to generate maximum visibility for our work and thought leaders with an eye toward deploying the most-advanced methods of breaking through in an increasingly noisy media landscape. The ideal candidate always has their finger on the pulse of the news cycle, has proven skills in cultivating deep relationships with journalists, has crisis communications experience and the instincts needed to provide strategic guidance on how to give our work and experts the best possible exposure at the right time. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to craft compelling messages for different audiences, proven success implementing creative media plans, responding to crisis communications issues and experience operating in a fast-paced environment.

The Officer helps to ensure that there is a continuity of voice across foundation spokespeople, and supports the day-to-day implementation of the foundation’s executive positioning strategies. She/he/they will also help identify and manage consultants and communications firms to support individual vice presidents and directors. In addition, She/he/they will work closely with the Media Relations Chief and data team on maintaining media monitoring and measurements, analysis and regular reporting to the department and organization.   

The Officer will be an excellent writer; an organized, creative thinker with a confident presentation style; and a consummate team player with a flexible can-do attitude and a passion for the work.


  • At least five years of experience in a fast-paced digital and/or communications role, including a minimum of three years of direct experience dealing with the press

  • Proven track record of generating earned media and successfully pitching reporters

  • Strong, demonstrable relationships with press contacts across a diverse range of media outlets, including television bookers and producers and media focused on people of color

  • Ability to quickly grasp complicated subjects and their implications, and to present these issues in a clear and persuasive manner

  • Experience in implementing crisis communications strategies and processes  

  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and time management skills; ability to juggle multiple projects at once

  • Proficiency using standard office software and demonstrated skill with web research tools, including Cision


  • Multilingual

  • Substantive experience with subjects related to the foundation’s work


This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. Additionally, when it is safe to do so, some domestic travel (5 – 10%) may be required to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings.

The Ford Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part of this commitment, the Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact, or call (212) 573-4627.

Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams


  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%
  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)

Salary:  Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity.  A generous benefits package is provided.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

The FORD FOUNDATION is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with visionary people on the front-lines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has ten regional offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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Job posted: 2020-10-28