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Position: Date Posted 16 January 2013
Senior Writer and Editor Application Deadline Until Filled
Location New York, USA

Summary Description

The Office of Communications Senior Writer and Editor is the principal writer and shaper of both written and digital content for the foundation’s strategic communications tools and channels. These include print brochures, annual report, weekly enewsletters, multimedia scripts, infographic and data visualization content, live events materials, speeches/talking points/briefing materials, presentations, invitations, advertisements and special publications.

The Senior Writer and Editor works with the entire Office of Communications staff to transform extremely complex social justice and policy ideas into accessible, compelling and engaging content. The Senior Writer and Editor also ensures that our brand voice is consistent, appropriately pitched to our audiences, and communicates the foundation’s boldest ambitions and aspirations. The Senior Writer and Editor’s writing must be rigorous and fact-based, extremely versatile and stylistically lyrical. He/she must be able to produce content quickly and juggle several writing/editing projects at once. We also expect the Senior Writer and Editor to be an idea generator, to come up with fresh, creative approaches to writing and packaging our content.

The Senior Writer and Editor works within the editorial direction set by the Director of Content Strategy as well as the Director of Communications and VP of Communications and collaborates closely with the design, web and events teams to execute projects and meet demands for editorial content. He or she also works closely with senior- and executive-level staff, the VP of Communications, and Foundation Officers, as necessary.

Being central to our content development, the Senior Writer and Editor is responsible for project managing editorial production for certain editorial products. This requires working with Office of Communications staff, other foundation colleagues, as well as outside vendors—freelance writers, copyeditors, researchers and proofreaders, translators. The Senior Writer and Editor also oversees our summer interns, managing their time and projects and providing coaching and mentorship.

The Senior Writer and Editor is responsible for ensuring that the most up-to-date editorial practices are applied to the foundation’s materials, staying abreast of developments in the field of communication and helping to push the Office of Communication to adapt to changing patterns in media consumption. The position also requires bringing in new talent, including freelancers, consultants and staff as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communication, or the Humanities
  • At least 10 years of experience in writing, editing and editorial production, with at least 5 years of experience working with topics related to the foundation’s mission
  • Proven writing and editing, editorial production
  • Excellent inter-personal ability and track record
  • Knowledge of the field in which the Ford Foundation works
  • Excellent grasp of strategic communication

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience with multiple written formats (magazine, policy essay, op-ed, web)

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