Advocacy Communications Specialist
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The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an Advocacy Communications Specialist who can leverage creative, global advocacy to advance Wikimedia’s free knowledge public policy agenda. The position will report to the Senior Communications Manager in the Communications department.
This is a highly collaborative role in which you will work closely with the Communications and Public Policy teams to create and execute advocacy campaigns to drive their public policy agenda, which is focused on opening access to free knowledge around the globe. You will use communications to educate and connect lawmakers and public audiences to their public policy work in the areas of knowledge access, privacy, internet regulation, online censorship, and copyright. You will build advocacy strategies that leverage communications tactics, develop key policy communications materials including blog posts, op-eds, and social media content, and measure the impact of these efforts in furthering their policy goals.
The ideal candidate is:
A strategic, creative storyteller with experience in the advocacy space and the ability to adapt nuanced policy messages into meaningful calls to action.
A motivated and organized self-starter who can consistently produce high-quality work, prioritize effectively, manage multiple tasks, and execute under deadlines.
A collaborative facilitator who can bridge communications and public policy expertise to develop high-impact, multidisciplinary advocacy campaigns.
A results-driven achiever with the ability to drive, measure, and adjust advocacy strategies over the long-term to meet their goals.
A thoughtful team player who is eager to collaborate and committed to advancing diversity, equity, and belonging in all their work.
You are responsible for:
Shaping and executing advocacy strategies, including:
Advising and advancing the Wikimedia Foundation’s public policy priorities with a focus on communications tactics including media outreach, social and digital media, op-eds, public speaking, and thought leadership.
In close collaboration with Communications and Public Policy staff, guiding the development and supporting dissemination of advocacy communications products for Wikimedia’s global advocacy work on knowledge access, copyright, censorship, internet regulation, and privacy.
Serving as the liaison between the Public Policy team and the Communications department, and ensuring that projects are being built proactively.
Collaborating with the Digital Communications team to develop and coordinate social media content for Wikimedia advocacy communications plans, and dissemination of materials via email, social media, and other avenues.
Collaborating within the Communications team to leverage earned media (media outreach, op-eds, etc.) and build relationships with reporters aligned with their policy priorities.
Developing public-facing advocacy messaging and materials that convey Wikimedia’s unique relationship to the policy issues that they pursue, and supports the work of partners and affiliates.
Proactively identifying strategic opportunities for Wikimedia to engage in policy discussions in the news, on social media, and in other thought leadership spaces (ex. conferences).
Cultivating and sustaining a network of communications advocacy partners to scale impact for major campaigns and policy initiatives.
Creating and maintaining foundational advocacy materials including one-pagers, fact sheets, blog posts, and website content.
Triaging and responding to crisis communications incidents that impact their public policy work, including censorship events.
Creating training presentations and materials, toolkits, and guides for Wikimedia community groups and members working in public policy.
Reviewing policy briefs, external statements and other materials drafted by the policy team—shaping the content to ensure that it is clear, flows logically, and conveys the message powerfully and effectively.
Developing their public policy staff as thought leaders and spokespeople with press, leading media training and identifying opportunities for staff to engage in policy forums.
Skills and Experience:
Minimum of three years experience working in advocacy, public policy, or mission-driven communications
Strong verbal and written communication, editing, and interpersonal skills
Strong organizational skills and experience managing multiple projects at once, with an interest in both independent and collaborative work
Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and a desire to tackle challenging problems
The ability to work on a team with diverse demographic and cultural characteristics, as well as the flexibility to virtually meet with people in multiple time zones
Qualities that are important to them:
Resilience—they work on new and interesting problems in public and collaborative ways
Being open, curious, and inquiring in their work
Internal motivation and high standards
Working together for outcomes, and being willing to let go to scale or change course
Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
Additionally, they’d love it if you have:
The ability to speak other languages, experience living or working outside the United States
Building email campaigns and supporter lists
Involvement or experience within Wikimedia communities and/or editing the Wikimedia projects
Fluency or familiarity with languages in addition to English
BA/BS or MA/MS
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Their vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. They believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to their shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. They host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.
The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. They receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. They also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. They encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. They do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.
If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact them at email@example.com.
U.S. Benefits & Perks*
Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: They cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually
Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials
401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., they defer to their PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.