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Senior Program Associate, Editorial

Department: WEAVE
Location: Washington, DC
Salary:

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Leadership Division of the Aspen Institute builds off?its 70-year history of developing leaders across generations and place to become more effective, values-based leaders. Today, the Division supports the life-long development of leaders through its seminar offerings, youth programs, and the?Aspen?Global Leadership Network. Weave: The Social Fabric Project operates within the Leadership Division, supporting and learning from grass-roots community leaders and connecting them with Aspen’s leadership network. 

Weave: The Social Fabric Project is a backbone organization supporting and strengthening the grassroots trust brokers whom we call weavers. Weave identifies and supports the people quietly working to strengthen America’s communities. 

Weave aims to solve the problem of broken social trust that has left Americans divided along many lines, isolated and unable to address our common needs. Without trust, we cannot ensure individual happiness and equity, strengthen our communities, or sustain our democracy.

Weave works in three ways:

  • We support the people (“weavers”) who are spreading trust and tackling important issues in their neighborhoods by providing them with resources and connection to a community of other weavers

  • We lift up these often under-appreciated trust builders to be seen as resources and leaders of community change

  • We inspire new generations of weavers

Learn more and read stories of weavers at WeAreWeavers.org

Basic Function
Weave’s Senior Program Associate for Editorial works with and reports to the Communications Director to manage and implement Weave’s content strategy across all our audiences, from weavers to partner organizations, Aspen colleagues and donors to the public. We use content to 1) connect and support weavers, 2) lift them as leaders of community change, and 3) inspire new generations of weavers. We work across many channels, including Aspen publications, the Weave website and community platform, social accounts, newsletters, events, public presentations, earned and paid media, op-eds, and partnerships. We advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racist efforts in all that we do. 

You are a fit if you: 

  • have at least five years of full-time work experience related to communications, and are passionate about shifting our culture to one that prioritizes compassion, connection, and trust across difference.

  • have a strategic mind when it comes to content, write easily, quickly, and effectively in many formats, and know how to efficiently use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as a force for good.

  • like to meet and engage folks you have never met, and have passion for helping people weave their communities together. 

  • are comfortable with a starting salary of $68-74,000.

The essential duties and responsibilities include:

Editorial Strategy and Implementation

  • Implement an editorial strategy to create stories, resources, and events that support the needs and interests of weavers who follow us or are in our community and connect them around peer learning

  • Implement an editorial strategy, with target audiences, to explain and invite new weavers

  • Assist with gathering information, writing copy, and publishing Weave’s newsletter

  • Write about or present Weave’s work and weaver stories to colleagues, donors, and external audiences

  • Collect and monitor data on the effectiveness of Weave’s public communications and areas for growth

Website Strategy and Implementation 

  • Design a web strategy to meet Weave goals

  • Define new user requirements and oversee web development and site maintenance (no coding)

  • Implement content strategy by writing and updating web copy, commissioning and publishing stories

  • Monitor and moderate comments on the site

  • Use web analytics to monitor progress on goals and adjust tactics to meet goals  

Social Media Strategy and Implementation

  • Set social media strategy and goals and oversee its implementation, potentially with a contractor

  • Oversee posting and write, edit, and schedule social posts

  • Monitor and manage daily re-sharing of weaver and influencer social posts and respond to comments

  • Prepare monthly analytic reports and adopt lessons to meet social media goals

Project Management

  • Know how to take a great idea, break it into tasks, share responsibilities, monitor progress, stay organized and on track, and communicate up, down and sideways about what is going on

  • Consistently and effectively use our Asana project management system for individual and group work

Weaver Engagement and Relationship Building

  • Support team in responding to discussion forum posts and blogs in the online Weave Community 

  • Support team in welcoming and orienting new members of the Weave Community

  • Support team in creating content and events for our community

Other duties, as assigned

Level of Authority

  • Non-supervisory position

  • Budget authority up to $1,000

Travel

  • Ability to travel to conferences and occasional meetings, perhaps 3-5 times a year

Knowledge, Education and Experience

  • Five years of full-time experience in communications, including implementing content strategy

  • Published (or widely distributed) writing you have done for varied audiences (please share examples)

  • Comfort and ability to work independently, devise creative solutions and need only light editing

  • Three examples of managing a multi-step project from start to finish that involves external partners

  • Maturity and judgment to always demonstrate Weave and the Aspen Institute’s values in public posts

  • Experience bringing a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to responsibilities and relationships  

  • At least one year involved in overseeing, monitoring, and growing social accounts

  • Local community involvement is helpful experience for this role

  • Fluency in languages beyond English is appreciated

Reporting 

  • Communications Director, Weave: The Social Fabric Project

Key Relationships

  • Community Manager, Weave

  • Community Coordinator, Weave

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The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

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