Overdeck Family Foundation was founded in 2011 by John and Laura Overdeck with the goal of providingall children the opportunity to unlock their potential. We focus exclusively on enhancing education, fundingefforts both inside and outside of school in the areas of early childhood, informal STEM education, andK-9 programs that include supporting educators and student-centered learning environments.
Our grantmaking and strategic support focus on unlocking innovation, evidence, and growth opportunitiesfor organizations and researchers that are committed to accelerating key academic and socioemotionaloutcomes for all children. We fund both direct impact organizations and ecosystem efforts that clear thepath to scale for our grantees and the work that they do.
Overdeck Family Foundation is seeking a strong writer, content creator, and media relations professionalto join our growing team as a Communications Manager. Reporting to the Communications Director, thiscandidate would be a key member of the Foundation’s communications team and responsible forstrengthening and expanding the Foundation’s efforts to advance its mission and lift up the work of itsgrantees. The ideal candidate is passionate about opening doors for every child in the U.S. bymeasurably enhancing education both inside and outside the classroom.
The primary focus of this role will be on external media relations and written and spoken content creation,making the ideal candidate someone who’s developed and maintained strong relationships with nationaland local education reporters and has a portfolio of earned and owned content that demonstrates skill andcomfort in creating storytelling opportunities that engage, inform, and inspire.
In your previous roles, you’ve demonstrated an ability to balance several projects at once and work withmultiple internal and external stakeholders at different levels of seniority. Your skill at taking complicatedinformation, transforming it into exciting messages, and disseminating it to the right audiences through thebest distribution channels has been key to your success. You’re both a quick study and detail-oriented,with the flexibility and agility to manage multiple priorities and turn deliverables around quickly.
Co-workers would describe you as a creative and energetic self-starter with strong written, digital, andverbal communications skills. You’re a team player, but also able to operate independently—andconfident enough to ask for help when you need it.
Support the Communications Director to set and evolve overall communications strategy for the Foundation
Lead implementation of the Foundation’s communications strategy and surface learnings to inform future strategy
Support Communications Director to create and execute signature initiatives that are developed and implemented in response to the interests of the Foundation’s Board
In partnership with Communications Director, create editorial calendar to align with portfolio strategies and planned grantmaking
Manage the Foundation’s editorial calendar, including curating, editing, and producing content for the newsletter, blog, social media, resources, and website
Work with program team members to support their contributions to communications outputs in service of their programmatic goals
Maintain a consistent look and feel for all communications by supporting Foundation’s style and voice guidelines
Support the Communications Director in developing and distributing the Foundation’s Annual Report
Media Relations and External Affairs
In partnership with the Communications Director, develop the foundation’s conference and event strategy and calendar
Support the Program team with external communications opportunities, including but not limited to talking points and submissions for conferences, webinars, op-eds, etc.
Manage all media platforms (including LinkedIn and owned digital platforms), ensuringthat content is updated, relevant, and timely
Support Foundation leadership (and grantees as needed) with pitching stories and op-eds to national and local education reporters
Track and measure key metrics related to reach of key digital channels - LinkedIn, website, newsletter, and blog
Benefits of Working at Overdeck Family Foundation
All Overdeck Family Foundation employees are employees of Two Sigma. The foundation offerscompetitive core benefits, including fully paid medical and dental insurance premiums for employees anddependents, competitive 401(k) match, generous vacation time, unlimited sick days, and employer-paidlife and disability insurance. Overdeck Family Foundation requires all employees to live within acommutable distance from the office in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Each week, employeesmust work in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for collaboration days and have theoption to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays. Perks of being in the office include on-site gyms with laundry service, wellness classes, snacks, and a casual dress code in our beautiful office in SoHo.
How to Apply
Overdeck Family Foundation has partnered with RCG Talent Solutions on our search for the Communications Manager. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to Aramis Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org). RCG Talent Solutions will review all applicants and, upon qualification, contact you to determine next steps.
Who You Are
An operator. You are able to make plans to effectively map and execute complex projects with multiplestakeholders. You are able to autonomously manage yourself and the actions of others who do not reportinto you with very little oversight. You are able to simultaneously ground yourself in an overall strategywhile gracefully recalibrating day to day to opportunities and challenges.
Highly relational. You are able to work well with Foundation staff members and grantees at all levelsbecause you are kind, thoughtful, and curious. You enjoy interacting with others and would quickly growto be a strong representative of the Foundation to external audiences. You approach communicationswork in a way that is fully centered on a collaborative mindset in order to choose and execute on theactions that matter most. You bring relationships with media contacts relevant to our work.
A strong communications professional. You have a depth of understanding of multi-channelcommunications work that has been built through experience. You produce strong and concise writingand are able to write in the voice of others with ease. You are able to communicate complex topics inaccessible ways. You are adept at navigating media relationships and enjoy bringing stories to journaliststhat educate and excite.
A smart, eager learner. You take a nuanced and rigorous approach to your work, both able to act onwell-informed hypotheses and willing to change your mind. You use your critical thinking and quantitativeanalysis skills to see patterns, guide smart decision-making, and evaluate opportunities.
A values-driven and empathetic human. You operate with a high level of self-awareness, humility, andemotional intelligence and you value the same in your colleagues. You engage in conflict confidently andwith kindness. You are excited about working in an environment where complex problems are beingconsidered. You are able to articulate and navigate tensions with an orientation towards understandingand valuing multiple perspectives. You don’t shy away from holding two opposing ideas at once and youare comfortable with not knowing or not agreeing and committing.
What You’ve Done
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public affairs, communications, public policy, education, orrelated field OR relevant experience
Minimum of 5 years of communications experience, either in-house or in an agency, 7+ yearspreferred
Strong relationships with national and local education reporters; experience and mediaconnections in New Jersey preferred
Proven written and editing skills, with portfolio of content that demonstrates the ability to takecomplex concepts and communicate them clearly and concisely to internal and externalaudiences
Experience using communication technology platforms (e.g. Google Analytics, Wordpress,MailChimp, and LinkedIn)
Experience with Acrobat and Photoshop is a plus but not required
About Overdeck Family Foundation
Organizations are successful by hiring the right people, training them well, and supporting them with the resources and added capacity to gracefully navigate unexpected challenges. RCG Talent Solutions works with organizations to meet all of these talent and people-support needs. We were borne out of the idea that nonprofits, startups, local businesses, and socially-responsible companies have talent needs that are essential to the success of the organization. At the same time these organizations often manage resources under many constraints. The time, cost, and strategy of identifying gaps and filling roles are often barriers to staffing high-fit people for open positions. We provide competent help that’s purposefully affordable because you deserve it.
Reamy Consulting Group was founded in 2014 to offer capacity to school districts, charter networks, and education non-profits to grow their impact. We began to offer support hiring, training, and retaining great, diverse talent. In this time, we saw a special need for a range of discrete and affordable talent services for organizations, which led to the creation of RCG Talent Solutions. Our past and present clients include Allianc...e College Ready Schools, the ASPCA, Breakthrough Collaborative, the Chamberlin Family Foundation, Charter School Growth Fund, Chicago Collegiate, College Track, Ednovate Schools, Education Pioneers, The Future Project, Galileo Learning, GO Public Schools, Hiawatha Academies, IDEA Public Schools, Intercare Therapy, NewSchools Venture Fund, the NYU Steinhardt Virtual Teaching Residency, The Primary School, Teach For America, The Mission Continues, The University of Arkansas, and United Friends of the Children.