The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; the Foundation), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have focused on developing and promoting innovations in health and healthcare to improve the lives of millions. In partnership with others, we are working toward a nation that is rooted in equity, compassion, and respect. A nation that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. This requires addressing many harmful obstacles to well-being, including poverty, powerlessness, and discrimination.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our Guiding Principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthen our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. The Foundation offers a collaborative, collegial, and creative work environment. With a career at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, you will make a difference.

The Opportunity

Reporting to and working closely with the vice president, Communications the senior officer, Executive Communications/speechwriter to the President and CEO is responsible for furthering the Foundation’s vision and objectives through the use of strategic executive communications. With direction from Communications Department leadership, the senior officer provides internal and external communications support for the President and CEO – serving as the penholder for key executive products including long-form speeches, social media content, internal communications, and talking points. This experienced communicator will play a vital role in ensuring that the Foundation advances its vision of health equity and a Culture of Health and that Foundation leaders communicate with courage, authenticity, and humility. The most competitive candidates will have a demonstrated record of successfully supporting senior executives or government officials – channeling their voice and ideas into crisp written products that are evidence-based, clear, and compelling.

While the officer can be primarily based at one of the Foundation’s three offices (our headquarters in Princeton NJ, New York City, or Washington D.C.) this is not a remote position. The officer will be required to visit the Princeton office as defined by the Foundation’s return to work policies still to be determined.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Work effectively with the president and CEO to capture thoughts, voice, and vision and develop effective executive communications that relay those thoughts and messages to key stakeholders.

  • Produce well-written and concise content that supports larger Foundation initiatives.

  • Draft long-form speeches, talking points, emails, social media, other digital content, correspondence, and other executive communications products for the president and CEO.

  • ·Use research and data to develop communications that demonstrate national leadership in philanthropy, public health and health equity.

  • Prepare and facilitate internal approval of all president and CEO communications, external statements, quotes, letters, and publications requiring president and CEO input.

  • Partner with Executive Communications colleagues to prepare president and CEO for key speaking opportunities.

  • Engage with Media Relations team to ensure president and CEO is prepared for interviews.

  • Align with Digital team to ensure president and CEO has a consistent and effective digital presence on all digital platforms.

  • Manage social media for the president and CEO and ensure alignment with Foundation-wide social media messaging.

  • Secure appropriate staffing for president and CEO at speaking events, conferences, and other engagements.

  • Perform other related duties to support Communications Department objectives as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to racial and health equity and the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.

  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years of executive speech writing, social media communications/marketing, or equivalent business experience.

  • Ability to convey thought leadership using various communications platforms.

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral presentation and communication skills – with a demonstrated history of authentically channeling the voice of organizational leaders. Fluency in Spanish a plus.

  • Experience with writing about the intersections of health and structural barriers to health equity preferred.

  • Able to coordinate and/or deliver projects within a given time frame.

  • Demonstrated maturity and seasoned judgment; ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, take responsibility for decisions, and be responsive and clear.

  • Strong organizational skills with an attention to detail. Experience handling multiple priorities effectively. Adept at organizing time efficiently.

  • Exceptionally well developed Emotional Intelligence, with experience supporting and counseling executives or elected officials under fast-moving conditions.

  • Strong problem-solving skills. Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully. Develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem-solving situations. Able to demonstrate innovative and analytical approaches to resolutions.

  • Dedicated team player with a can-do mindset who considers others’ opinions, understand impact on other groups, and adapts to change effectively.

  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (e.g., Communications, Business, Marketing) or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Physical Requirements/working conditions

The senior officer will perform job duties in a typical business office environment. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment. Will be required to attend meetings, potentially both in person and off-site via phone or videoconference.

How to Apply

Dunlevy & Associates will manage the search on behalf of the Foundation. All interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via this LINK. In addition to showcasing tight, crisp, and persuasive storytelling, applicant cover letters should include the following elements:

  • Why you are interested in the specific position and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • Why health equity and a Culture of Health are important to you.

  • Any additional professional and/or personal experience related to the position that is not evident in your resume.

Application Deadline Date

Sunday, April 10, 2022

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