Communications Manager

The Communications Manager will report to the Managing Director, Communications, at Schmidt Futures and will help increase the impact of Schmidt Futures programs through clearer message and branding consistency. This person will collaborate with Schmidt Futures leadership, program leadership, and partners to develop external messaging, monitor paid and organic media campaigns, develop global outreach strategies to everywhere in the world and ensure that all messaging is consistent with the goals and mission of Schmidt Futures. This person will also help build the target audiences and communities around our programs by developing consistent outreach to these audiences, highlighting community members across platforms, and creating opportunities to engage with and involve community members on various platforms.


Key responsibilities

  • Manage all internal and external messaging for programs across Schmidt Futures and ensure it is consistent with the broader Schmidt Futures narrative
  • Develop and implement effective strategies that create brand awareness, raise the global profile of programs at Schmidt Futures and build a global community around them
  • Manage the design and production of digital content across various program platforms, including but not limited to Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Discord, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Develop and oversee program’s paid media campaigns, with a focus on message, creative, targeting, and analytics.
  • Develop and manage a targeted email program to various program’s communities
  • Identify global press opportunities and draft the necessary press releases, media kits, and other materials to secure coverage
  • Interface with communications teams of global partner organizations, prepare digital toolkits, and help secure press coverage
  • Work with external communications consultants to achieve communications goals, including the creation of videos, digital ads, influencer campaigns, and other materials
  • Collaborate with other teams within the program teams, leveraging partnerships, programming, selection, and analytics to develop effective communications strategies
  • Prepare detailed media activity reports for the governance board
  • Manage the day-to-day communication needs of various programs


Knowledge, skills and abilities

Some of the desired capabilities include:

  • Experience working with or creating messaging for youth aged 15 – 17, particularly across multiple nations and cultures.
  • Proven track record creating content, drafting copy, and building large followings across Gen Z platforms
  • Experience developing and managing successful paid media campaigns, particularly across multiple nations and cultures
  • Eye for design and detail, with ability to build Mailchimp templates, create social graphics, and edit videos—and/or work with external consultants on these projects from vision to execution
  • Strong knowledge of communication practices and techniques
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated teamwork ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
  • Values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality



Applicants must:

  • Have at least 5+ years of work experience in communications and community relations
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Be based in New York and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed


About Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together.  We knit talent into networks, bet on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equip people to scale through partners and modern tools. To realize this vision, Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools — including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity — for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. Our initiative brings together the efforts of various charitable and non-charitable entities to improve our potential impact by making diverse types of capital available to the efforts we support.

Futures Action Network, LLC, which operates Schmidt Futures, is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.