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Communications Consultant
The Wallace Foundation

ABOUT WALLACE

The Wallace Foundation—an independent, national, New York-based philanthropy with $2 billion in assets—traces its origins back more than half a century to DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Our mission is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone.

For more information about The Wallace Foundation, please visit www.wallacefoundation.org.
We have a team-based structure and seek employees who are both highly skilled in their professions and able to work collaboratively with others. As reflected in our Statement of Core Values, we value behavior that demonstrates a commitment to mutual respect and support, diversity, continuous learning, collaboration, excellence, and accountability.

The Wallace Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace where differing perspectives are a source of strength.

POSITION SUMMARY

Our Communications team is seeking skilled journalists and editors to take on contracted editorial assignments stemming from our research and work with schools; afterschool, summer and other out-of- school-time programming; and arts organizations. The foundation is a non-partisan, independent foundation that shares credible, pertinent evidence that can help public and private institutions become more effective and equitable.

Wallace seeks to work across all communities in the country, and to that end seeks to support, publish, and disseminate reports that ensure the insights learned through the work the foundation supports reach the widest possible audience. To that end, our editorial review process considers four key factors: Clarity, including language accessible to non-specialists; organization of argument; support for and limitations to claims; and non-partisanship. In that spirit, our communication consultants will be asked to provide editorial suggestions for consideration by the authors of reports and studies that are intended to help amplify the research findings and contributions to the broadest possible audiences.

KEY ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments include, but are not limited, to:

  • Reviewing drafts of Wallace-commissioned research reports as part of the foundation’s formal editorial review procedures
  • Drafting reader-friendly briefs describing the research and its key findings
  • Drafting editorial content for Wallace’s website on research findings
  • Drafting blog posts about the research as well as Wallace’s work on the ground with grantees
  • Editing blog posts written by others
  • Assisting with tweeting, Facebook posting and other social media activity.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Required:

  • Ability to write and clearly present information accurately

Preferred:

  • Demonstrated ability to write about social science research for a non-researcher audience
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Wallace staff and commissioned researchers
  • Knowledgeable about one or more of the following areas: K-12 education, the arts, arts education, social and emotional learning, and/or afterschool and summer programming for young people
  • Experience in covering issues related to equity or marginalized communities

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Compensation will be commensurate with knowledge, skills, and abilities.

LOCATION OF WORK

As independent contractors, communications consultants work remotely. Regular work in the office is not required. However, we will invite consultants to meet with the editorial team on occasion at our New York office once staff move into a hybrid working arrangement, and in accordance with our COVID- 19 requirements.

The Wallace Foundation has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to assist in this search. Please send resumes to Elly Kirschner, Senior Director - ekirschner@harrisrand.com.


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