Senior Communications Specialist (Volunteer)
Senior Communications Specialist (Volunteer)
*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment. *This is a remote-from-home position. *Minimum 6 months commitment required.
Are you an experienced internal communications professional with a passion for communication and change management? Are you passionate about making a difference? Are you excited about the opportunity to work with smart and talented individuals and interested in writing, editing, and producing engaging content for internal audiences? Can you commit a minimum of 10-15 hours a week, working remotely on your own schedule with our remote team?
The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking for a Senior Communications Specialist who is a curious, intuitive, and self-motivated communications professional to join our Internal Communications and Change Management team. This individual will report to the Operations Manager, Internal Communications and Change Management and will work across all WhoWhatWhy departments to impact team members’ internal communications and engagement. This individual will play a key role in developing and implementing a communications strategy, and be responsible for helping to define and implement communications internally using a variety of delivery platforms, in partnership with senior operations managers and executive leaders.
Who We Are
Before you decide to apply, make sure the WhoWhatWhy mission resonates with you. Check out whowhatwhy.org . You’ll quickly see that we’re a credible response to the raging debate over whether the news is "fake" or not, publishing agenda-free research and brazenly fresh analysis. At WhoWhatWhy , we approach each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions. We believe that this is the essence of true journalism.
Because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that, as a nonprofit with a very limited budget that accepts no advertising, we are staffed principally by volunteers - skilled volunteers. However, we do have big ambitions, which is why we’re seeking an experienced Operations Communications Specialist who will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and effective communication within the entire organization. If this sounds like you - then we’d like to hear from you.
- Write and distribute organization-wide communications and announcements (i.e., surveys, new process announcements, policies, documents, forms, department updates), to be circulated within the organization and/or posted on the organization’s intranet.
- Develop content for organization-wide training.
- Create content for all-staff town hall meetings and set up Zoom calls.
- Work in close collaboration with the Internal Communications Manager and team to develop and implement a communication plan.
- Identify and communicate the processes and procedures for using the latest technology within the organization.
- Partner with the Internal Communications team to ensure regular, effective communication from the CEO and other executives to the rest of the organization, drafting and editing communications as needed.
- Develop and manage the delivery of content across multiple communication channels, with a focus on measurement and technology innovation to drive increasing engagement with a remote global workforce.
- Collaborate with team/manager and business unit leaders to drive engagement.
- In partnership with Marketing, External Communications and other teams, ensure consistency of messages, internally and externally.
- Partner with the executive team, human resources, external communications, and other teams to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate strategic internal communications.
- Superior oral and written communication skills with an innate attention to detail.
- Bachelors in Communication, Journalism or related field.
- 5+ years experience building communication plans and developing organization-wide communications using multiple communication channels including newsletters, intranet, presentations, all staff emails, training material, etc..
- Ability to articulate a clear point of view on complicated issues in a clear, concise manner. Experience developing (writing and editing) communication content and materials, including technology related content.
- Ability to work with a team.
- Experience working with and communicating to all levels within an organization including senior leadership.
- Capacity to meet deadlines; ability to be flexible and versatile in a breaking news environment .
- Have a solid grasp of - and commitment to - our mission and vision.
- Experience with communications tools is preferred but not required (e.g., Zoom, Slack, GSuite).
- Channel your passion in a stimulating environment.
- Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization.
- Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory.
- Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis.
- Have fun while you make a difference.
You will work remotely and on your own schedule; we require a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week. (Though doing more is not discouraged!) Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Zoom, Slack (direct messaging system) and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner.
If you possess a high level of self-motivation; work well independently but also have strong collaboration skills; enjoy the opportunity to partner with other senior leaders; and can commit quality time per week on a regular basis to help achieve team goals, we’d like to hear from you.
To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. Please provide a cover letter in the space given or send it to email@example.com. You should confirm, in writing, your understanding that this is a volunteer position. Thanks!
PO BOX 1103, NEW YORK, NY 10276, US
WhoWhatWhy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization aiming to discover and share the truth about matters affecting us all. We launched with the idea that the public deserves courageous and thorough investigations into powerful institutions, entities and individuals that shape our world. We pride ourselves on having no sacred cows, and covering stories that no one else will touch. At WhoWhatWhy, we believe that quality information changes minds--and that when you change minds, you change everything.
WhoWhatWhy embodies a form of investigative reporting that is rigorous, relentless, and scientific - we call it forensic journalism.
We take on controversial topics others will not touch and dig deep to uncover and name the institutions and persons shaping our world. Our organization is neither partisan nor ideological and only provides accounts based on extensive research and thorough sourcing.
In addition to producing rigorous investigative reporting, we seek to further the long-term survival and betterment of the news industry as a whole.