Title: Senior Writer, Executive Communications – Remote
Location: Work From Anywhere
How You’ll Contribute
The Communications Division uses creative and strategic tools to further the mission of the National Geographic Society (NGS), while maintaining our place as one of the world’s most trusted non-profit organizations and global brands. The team’s creative minds develop and execute mission-driven, on-brand and strategic communications, marketing, creative and impact media for the NGS and amplify this content on our own channels, across National Geographic Partners (NGP) and through outside partners and earned media. The team is composed of six integrated departments: Engagement and Marketing Strategy, Brand & Creative, Strategic Communications, Executive Communications, and Content and Editorial Strategy.
Reporting to the Vice President of Executive Communications, the Senior Writer, Executive Communications will fill a critical role as a principal writer and thought partner to increase the executive visibility of the Society’s primary ambassador, its CEO. The role will provide writing support and counsel for all communications on behalf of the CEO and other senior leaders, as necessary.
- Lead the development and manage the positioning/message development of Executive Communications materials that support, refine, and amplify the CEO’s voice and overall narrative, including speeches, scripts, op-eds, blogs, talking points, newsletters, letters, statements, invitations, presentation materials, and other executive communications. Lead the development of executive visibility support for other senior leaders as needed. Collaborate with internal and external partners; liaise with internal subject-matter experts and department research resources. (50%)
- Lead the review process of written and verbal communications, correspondence, and messaging developed across the organization with the CEO as signatory, to ensure accuracy, clarity and consistency with executive “voice,” and brand/organizational messaging, adhering to protocols for editing and review process. Liaise with stakeholders across the organization to manage reviews. (20%)
- Serve as primary social media writer for the CEO, executing the social media strategy, including editorial planning, copy and content creation, engagement, monitoring, analysis and reporting as needed. (20%)
- Independently problem solve and generate ideas for a variety of internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO and other senior leaders, gathering research and background information as necessary. (10%) This includes:
- Capturing ideas and content from regular interactions with the CEO, the Chief Communications, Marketing and Brand Officer (CCMBO), members of the Communications Division, and other internal stakeholders.
- Translating key CEO and leadership activities into multiple types of communications materials/products and tailoring communications to each audience.
- Staying on top of priority areas of work for the CEO, senior leaders, and the organization, while also mining news coverage for stories and opportunities that can optimize the CEO’s visibility and thought leadership opportunities.
What You’ll Bring
- Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, writing, English, or related field
- Minimum Years and Types of Experience
- 7-10 years of relevant experience.
Necessary Knowledge and Skills
- Detail oriented with excellent editing and proofreading skills.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including significant expertise writing in the “voice” of executive leaders.
- Hands-on experience navigating speaking engagements, conferences, and presentation development to ensure consistency of the organization’s “voice”.
- Ability to maintain high-quality work while managing multiple projects, under tight deadlines, with changing priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced, environment.
- Comfortable with accepting feedback, iterating, and adapting to deliver the desired communication deliverable.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with individuals and groups at all levels of the organization.
- Strong project management and time management skills with the ability to efficiently prioritize work.
- A proactive self-starter and creative problem solver with the ability to work independently as needed.
- A quick and motivated learner with enthusiasm for the National Geographic Society’s mission.
- Ability to properly handle confidential and sensitive information.
- Writing samples required.
- Experience with nonprofit organizations and fundraising is a plus.
- Proficiency with Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets)
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
- Strong presentation skills, including comfort using Keynote, a plus.
No Direct Reports
As a leading nonprofit organization, National Geographic Society offers competitive salary and total rewards to attract, develop, and retain an innovative and dynamic workforce.
The salary range for this position starts at $110,000.
Remote – Our Remote designation continues to require that staff work in another location in the U.S. or abroad, such as our regional leads for our Education and International teams or regional fundraisers in Advancement. Staff may also be designated as Remote by their supervisors (with approval by the Senior Team lead) because of their duties or personal circumstances, and are afforded this status when it is beneficial to NGS, their respective team, and the employee.