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Communications Associate

Employer
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Location
Palo Alto, California
Closing date
Oct 29, 2021

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Focus Areas
Philanthropy / Social Responsibility
Job Function
Marketing / Communications
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School
Experience Level
Entry-level
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Job Details

Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create positive outcomes for future generations. In pursuit of that vision, we foster path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Guided by this vision and the Statement of Founders' Intent, each day we strive to make a significant and positive impact on the world. We tackle large, important issues at a scale where we believe we can make significant and measurable impacts. We know that our ability to take risks and make long-term and relatively large commitments allows us to undertake challenges not accessible to many other organizations.

Foundation facts

  • Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA
  • $9+ billion in assets
  • Annual foundation budget of over $300 million
  • About 100 employees
  • Four program areas: Environmental Conservation, Science, Patient Care, and the San Francisco Bay Area

Working at Moore 
We strive to make a real difference in our world today and for generations to come. Together, we work tirelessly to honor the vision of our founders and serve as stewards of the resources they entrusted to us. We establish specific strategies based on input from experts, identify partners who share our goals, and measure results along the way—all while making adjustments as needed. We build relationships and fund work in areas where we hope to make a significant impact. We’re okay with failing, as long as we learn from our mistakes. And we know that working together expands our ability to drive meaningful change.

The Position
The foundation is in search of a new communications associate to create content for both internal and external audiences, and to provide support on remote and hybrid events. The ideal candidate will be a strong, quick writer that can deliver relevant and timely content that engages our core audiences. The communications associate should thrive working as part of a small supportive team, while also being able to demonstrate a high-level of independence.
 
The communications associate reports to the chief communications officer and collaborates closely with other team members to understand strategic objectives of the organization and each of its grantmaking areas.
 
The position is based at foundation headquarters in Palo Alto, California; however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foundation offices are closed until at least January 1, 2022, and work will initially occur remotely.
 
Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute ideas and content to internal and external editorial calendars.
  • Quickly distill and synthesize often complex information into written materials, working against deadlines.
  • Copyedit and proofread a broad mix of communications deliverables to ensure they are accurate, grammatically correct, on-brand and on-strategy.
  • Upload and appropriately categorize content (photos, videos, writing, documents) in content management and digital asset management systems.
  • Manage logistics and follow-up for remote and hybrid meetings, including developing summaries of the events and posting recordings for participants.
  • Provide back-up to communications manager on digital communications, including posting content on websites and social channels.
  • Contribute to the communications team by taking on additional projects and administrative tasks as needed.
  • Be an active participant on the communications team, contributing ideas, information, and support to help improve the work and impact of the team.
  • Work collaboratively with foundation staff on cross-foundation projects.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; training in writing/journalism strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience writing on deadline on a variety of topics required.

Competencies

  • Strong, quick writer with excellent proofreading skills. Familiarity with AP Style preferred.
  • Ability to craft compelling stories and engage multiple audiences effectively.
  • Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to juggle many projects simultaneously and under tight deadlines.
  • Positive, “can-do” attitude and a willingness to do what is necessary to get the job done.
  • Eagerness to take on new responsibilities.
  • Interest in the work of the foundation and communications department.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with communication team members as well as other colleagues across the foundation.
  • Proficiency with office productivity software (e.g., MS Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience working with Zoom, content management and digital asset management systems a plus.
  • Willingness to support and promote the foundation and colleagues through commitment to enhancing the foundation’s considerations of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Attributes
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes that describe how we at the foundation strive to do our work with each other and our partners.

  • Committed to Excellence
  • Passionate
  • Collegial
  • Open and Honest
  • Humble and Self-Aware

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation includes a competitive base salary and an excellent package of health, retirement savings and other benefits.
 
COVID-19
The Moore Foundation requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except as required by law. Any employment offer will be contingent upon satisfactory proof that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.


Application Process

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the ordinance.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
 
All correspondence will remain confidential.

Company

Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create positive outcomes for future generations. In pursuit of that vision, we foster path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Guided by this vision and the Statement of Founders' Intent, each day we strive to make a significant and positive impact on the world. We tackle large, important issues at a scale where we believe we can make significant and measurable impacts. We know that our ability to take risks and make long-term and relatively large commitments allows us to undertake challenges not accessible to many other organizations.

Foundation facts

  • Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA
  • $8+ billion in assets
  • Annual foundation budget of over $300 million
  • About 100 employees
  • Four program areas: Environmental Conservation, Science, Patient Care, and the San Francisco Bay Area
Find Us
Website:
Telephone
650-213-3000
Location
1661 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto
CA
94304
United States
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