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Digital Communications Associate

Department: Communications
Location: Menlo Park, CA



POSITION: Digital Communications Associate

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Ė a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world Ė is seeking a Digital Communications Associate to join its seven-person communications team. This newly created role will assist the Digital Communications Officer and the rest of the Communications Department in executing the foundationís digital content strategy and maintaining its digital properties, as well as provide administrative and logistical support to the team. This digital strategy focuses on amplifying the voices and stories of its grantees, sharing the knowledge and expertise of its staff, and upholding the foundationís commitments to openness, learning and transparency, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. The ideal candidate is a creative, detail-oriented team player who loves producing content, using social media and learning new digital tools -- and is a mission-driven problem-solver who believes in the power of communication to do good in the world. This position reports to the Digital Communications Officer.


For more than 50 years, we have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities, and make the philanthropy sector more effective. In addition, we also make grants for special projects and to address other timely problems, such as challenges related to cybersecurity and U.S. democracy. In 2020 the foundation announced a new grantmaking commitment focused on racial justice.

The foundation is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in the United States, awarding roughly $400 million in grants in 2019 to organizations across the globe to help people build better lives. Established through the personal generosity of the Hewlett family, the foundation is wholly independent of the Hewlett Packard Company and the Hewlett Packard Company Foundation.

The foundation has approximately 120 employees, in programmatic, operational, and investment roles, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Across the organization, our employees are challenged with meaningful work, have the resources for ongoing professional development and learning, and contribute to a collegial and engaging environment where they can thrive. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion as part of our core values and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. The foundation offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries.


  • Manage day-to-day content creation and posting on social media channels; write, edit, and publish engaging content using the appropriate tools.
  • Monitor social media channels for mentions and respond, as needed; identify opportunities to amplify granteesí work and for foundation staff to engage on social media platforms.
  • Assist team in maintaining an editorial calendar for the foundationís digital channels and a production calendar for communications projects.
  • Help develop, edit, and produce content for the foundationís website. Conduct interviews and create simple graphics. Generate and pitch content ideas to Digital Communications Officer.
  • Support day-to-day maintenance of the website and ensure content is up to date; serve as back-up distributor for email newsletters.
  • Regularly monitor and report on news media mentions of the Hewlett Foundation, philanthropy trends, and key issues and grantees to support communications staff and leadership in reputation and issues management; identify opportunities for new creative products and digital content related to the foundationís strategies and its grantees.
  • In collaboration with the Digital Communications Officer, monitor and report on the performance of the foundationís online platforms and make recommendations to improve the impact of content and approach.
  • Stay up to date with new digital technologies, tools and trends, and share relevant information with colleagues.
  • Coordinate agenda and materials for biweekly communications team meetings.
  • Support other projects on the communications team as needed.


  • Bachelorís degree, ideally in journalism, communications, or related field, and a minimum of one to two years of experience in communications, marketing, or digital media (or equivalent combination of education and experience). Interest/experience in nonprofit sector a plus.
  • Experience creating web and social media content and managing, growing, and engaging online audiences (e.g., experience with WordPress, Campaign Monitor, Salesforce).
  • Experience using social media management, media monitoring, and digital analytics tools to examine and report on the performance of digital content (e.g., experience with SproutSocial, Google Analytics, Twitter Analytics, Facebook Insights, Meltwater).
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, including both design and video production tools.
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills; knowledge of AP Style.
  • Highly organized and flexible, with excellent attention to detail, deadlines and time management.
  • Sense of humor, positive attitude, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite required; knowledge of Slack, Smartsheet or other team collaboration tools a plus.


Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to spend extended periods of time at the computer. The foundation employees are currently working remotely through the end of 2020. 


How to Apply

Please apply online and submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your skills fit this position.


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation embraces the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally, in our hiring process and organizational culture, and externally, in our grantmaking and related practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

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