The Intersection of Calling and Career…
Join World Vision as Senior Leader of Risk & Corporate Communications
00 At a Glance
Role: Senior Leader of Risk & Corporate Communications
Must-Have Experience: A Bachelor’s degree or 8 years of equivalent work experience. In addition, this senior level role needs a minimum of 10 years of work experience in journalism, public relations, crisis management or communications including professional media relations experience for a large, complex organization or church in the US. Your ability to serve as a spiritual role model, facilitate risk mitigation and consensus building within the context of highly sensitive work that requires collaboration across multiple stakeholders. Possess strong written communication, investigative and exhaustive researching skills, sharp intuition, judgement and analytical skills. Ability to influence decision making and advise senior leaders on appropriate response to complex humanitarian issues, program challenges and organizational policies and being comfortable being a truth-teller to power in a way that demonstrates God’s love.
Location: Flexible. Role can be based in 30+ US states.
Salary Range: $100K-120K (approx. DOE)
Benefits: Yes. Visit https://www.worldvision.org/about-us/job-opportunities/working-for-world-vision to learn more.
Company Size: 900+ at World Vision USA (37,000 worldwide)
Annual Revenue: 1 Billion+
01 The Job: At World Vision USA we invite people to positively impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children through charitable giving. Our approach includes love of all people, thriftiness, and targeting the root causes of poverty to bring about human transformation and lasting change.
As part of ongoing succession planning, we are looking for a new member to join our team. As Senior Leader of Risk & Corporate Communications your expertise will be brought to bear on work that is close to the heart of God (in the spirit of Matthew 25:34-40). See yourself leading the thinking on issues that protect and strengthen the reputation of our storied 70-year organization. Your focus will be centered around the most complex risk and communications issues facing our organization and the larger humanitarian development community today. Report to the Executive Director of Public Engagement and join our 9-person Public Engagement team bringing your sound judgement and seasoned public relations experience to lead business-critical communications functions for a diverse and challenging range of donor and partner trust topics.
As a strong fit for this role you’ll gracefully work at an executive level and possess the gifts of working effectively in a matrixed global organization, a knack for building strong working relationships quickly, possesses an extensive and ever growing set of media relations and social media skills, including strong writing skills and a proven background successfully handling business-critical issues management scenarios, and strategic instincts balanced with a bias for action. See yourself working with key business leaders and frontline staff in and outside of our immediate team at World Vision USA as well as with our World Vision International global partnership to develop and execute messaging, communications strategies, and timely responses to complicated and changing news cycles. The role will have you regularly interacting with the media on fast-moving issues with complex narratives. Be inventive along the way. Embrace the challenge of looking at your work from all angles and identify ways to innovate and introduce process improvement.
You’ll be joining the team that flipped the script on child sponsorship with the introduction of Chosen®, recognized by AdWeek, MediaPost, Upworthy, Christianity Today and winner of two 2020 ANA REGGIE Awards We’re honored to say World Vision USA has earned a 4-star rating (out of 4) with Charity Navigator as well as having received GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency for voluntarily sharing the measures of progress and results we use to pursue our mission. And fundamental to your life: you’re inspired by your faith in Jesus to love God and love your neighbors. Does this sound like you? Want to be a part of creating the future of this incredible organization? We’d love to hear from you.
02 What success looks like: (1) You consistently demonstrate leadership to the organization by preparing for and managing issues with the potential to damage World Vision’s reputation with an emphasis on leading internal stakeholders to prevent or mitigate reputational risks. (2) You demonstrate deep knowledge of issues of special concern to key World Vision audiences, that is, donors, church partners, businesses who partner with us, foundations, the humanitarian relief and development community, media outlets, charity watchdogs, and our diverse staff both here in the US and around the world. (3) Able to respond quickly to reputation issues – which can develop any time of the day or night – to ensure frontline and senior staff are equipped with clear written materials. (4) You model exemplary integrity in your work as well as challenge and inspire the organization to do the same.
03 Where this job could take your career: World Vision USA is a part of the larger World Vision International partnership. Globally, we have over 37,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries. Just over 900 of us call World Vision USA home. You’ll have opportunities to advance within our robust and talented group of over 200 marketers as you continue to stretch and grow your career for the future.
04 About World Vision USA: When you work at World Vision, your passions and talents come together to meet the greatest needs in the world today. We go to ends of the earth and into the margins. Where few go and the road is less traveled. Because Jesus is alive in the hardest places to be a child. We are dangerously soft-hearted. But just the right kind of dangerous. That’s because we’re a global Christian humanitarian organization. We partner with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We empower people out of poverty. For real. For good. For nearly the last 70 years. Jesus’ love at the center. Always. We’re Christian and follow Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. Serving every child we can regardless of faith. Are you feeling called to explore joining us? We hope so.
05 You Bring: A Bachelor’s degree or 8 years of equivalent work experience. In addition to education or work experience equivalent, this senior level role needs a minimum of 10 years of work experience in journalism, public relations, crisis management or communications including professional media relations experience for a large, complex organization.
06 Additional skills we’re interested in: Your direct experience managing high-risk media issues along with your adept ability and commitment to understanding and staying current on the most complex societal issues facing our country and how they factor into managing and protecting our reputational risk. Your deep and thorough understanding of the Christian church in the US. Your ability to serve as a spiritual role model within the context of highly sensitive work that requires collaboration across multiple stakeholders. Your strong written communication, investigative and exhaustive researching skills, sharp intuition, judgement and analytical skills. Possesses an ability to be a truth-teller to power in a way that demonstrates God’s love.
07 Let your work be your faith in action: Worldwide, thousands of children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes every day. Our call to action is urgent. That’s why we’re looking for someone who is ready to place their expertise behind helping the world’s most vulnerable children. Every reputational risk issue prevented, mitigated, or responded in an effective way can help influence whether someone chooses to donate today or not. If not you, then who?
08 Salary Range & Benefits: See approximate range above. In addition, we have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round out our total compensation package. Visit https://www.worldvision.org/about-us/job-opportunities/jobs to learn more.
09 To Apply: Click the apply link on this page. Still not sure? I really want to hear from you, even if it’s just to ask some questions about the job or have a chat in confidence. Contact Chad in Talent Acquisition at 253-815-2216 (text ok) or ckopkas@worldvisionorg.
10 What happens next? Glad you asked. We owe you that and strive to not leave you wondering. We review applications nearly every day assessing strength of fit for the role. Sometimes questions arise on our end, so we message you to learn more. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with a hiring manager. Finalists normally participate in a panel interview where the opportunity to meet additional members of our staff lends itself to more of a 360-view of the role. Our most valuable resource is our talented staff. Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time, so we have all hands-on deck to move this important work forward.
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