Job type full-time
Full job description
The linux foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoptionTogether with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history.
Founded in 2000, the linux foundation today supports massive developer communities and provides tools, training, research, and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company or entityIt has over 2,000 corporate members from over 41 countries, including every single one the fortune 100The linux foundation has proudly created over $54b in shared technology value since inception.
The linux foundation supports hundreds of open source initiatives that encompass the most pervasive technologies and standards across technology, health, energy, automotive, financial services and other industry sectors.
Reporting directly to the chief marketing officer (cmo), the linux foundation seeks an experienced vice president of communications to lead its full-spectrum, integrated communications programs and to create a center of excellence serving each business unit within the organizationThis position will be critical to championing the communications, voice, brand reputation, and core messaging of the linux foundation’ as a leader at the center of the global open source community.
The linux foundation is a 100% remote organizationThis position can be based anywhere in the united states.
In your role as vp of corporate communications, you will be responsible for leading the company’s integrated communications team responsible for media relations, social media, executive communications, crisis management, and internal communications to help further our vision of creating the greatest shared technology resource in the world.
You will have the opportunity to leverage your strengths and skills to oversee the development, integration, execution and evolution of an innovative and strategic communications planYour plan will raise awareness of the linux foundation and its content, training, event and research offerings with the media and influencers, grow our audience, and cultivate our voice and brand in the community.
You will be responsible for managing a team of direct reports and external communication agenciesYou will also collaborate with line of business leaders and pr professionals inside of our business units to share best practices, align editorial calendars, measure impact, and optimize operationsYou will also be responsible for building a center of excellence of communications and pr resources, services and technologies that support the business units in varying stages of growth.
The ideal candidate for this position will be mission driven, innovative, use data to support goals for audience and revenue, have strong media ties, and bring experience with managing multiple pr agencies.
We want you to bring a proven record of driving paid, earned, shared, and owned (peso) media across markets and experience implementing and integrating them to drive market awareness, core revenue and growth strategiesThe vp, who reports to the cmo, will work closely with the leadership team and regularly strategize with editorial, product, business intelligence, sales and marketing on the execution of effective external and internal communications and social strategies.
Excited to come on board?
We’re looking for someone who is a hands-on leader by natureYou’ll bring a highly creative, analytical and nimble growth mindset to take on:
Communications strategy, vision and leadership
Establish departmental and individual goals and metrics, and monitor performance and results for audience and revenue development
Gain a deep understanding of the linux foundation’s technology sectors, thought leaders / spokespersons, content and revenue generating products in order to manage the communications team, plan, and strategy to help meet the foundation’s revenue, growth and coverage targets
Develop breakthrough ideas, new strategic partnerships and programs that will further the foundation’s brand awareness and consideration
Strategize with agency partners to achieve exceptional outcomes, evolve their engagement with us, and hold them accountable for results.
Analyze data to inform strategic decisions and report findings to executive leadershipUse analytics tools to provide valuable performance insights for business unit stakeholders, agencies, and internal teams
Provide strategic communications counsel to the linux foundation’s senior leadership team on: media relations; crisis preparedness and management; and regulatory, policy and legislative initiativesThis includes anticipating and identifying challenges and emerging issues that may affect the foundation’s reputation, and proactively developing strategies to address them.
Negotiate and manage contracts with external agencies/vendors for pr and social and other communication needs for the company.
Direct and manage the communications budget
Build, develop and lead a high performing, growth-focused communications team
Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments
Craft, manage, optimize and evolve our communication campaigns and editorial calendar that result in excellent coverage through a combination of paid, owned, earned, and shared mediaCommunications will span: new product offerings, acquisitions, events, industry and foundation milestones, research findings, policy direction, partnerships, and open source community endeavors.
Create and implement internal/executive communications tailored to an engaged and involved employee and community population; effectively partner with peer departments to align messages and timing of content
Oversee the development and implementation of mixed-media media support materials (e.g., press kits, press releases, faqs, bios, videos, vlogs/blogs, social, etc.) for the linux foundation - while guiding the same for internal business units - in order to deliver engaging, purposeful, and comprehensive content.
Develop and implement social media strategies for distributing content across platforms including, but not limited to, facebook (443k followers), twitter (373k followers), linkedin (159k followers) and youtube (147k subscribers) designed to build audience engagement as well as leverage the platforms to grow qualified audience acquisition
Provide strategic direction for peso editorial and advertising initiatives across platforms as needed, and optimize to ensure roi goals/kpis are met
Coordinate with various internal marketing and business unit teams to support announcements, program updates, and more.
Lead and support communications and pr research projects to help internal teams and executives better understand and act on community directions trendsStrengthen our employees’ connection to our mission, our strategy, and the community.
Leverage news-jacking approaches to generate opportunistic public relations outreach.
Lead the creation and on-going maintenance of messaging and communication frameworks that ensure a consistent “one voice” presence in our target markets
A proven track-record
Demonstrated track record of success developing and executing successful communication programs and driving business growth and concrete results for an organization.
Experience with providing strategic communications guidance to senior executives and key stakeholders.
Recognized as a leader that people want to work with and forSomeone that not only focuses on delivering their personal best, but developing the career experiences of those around them.
The right mindset
Impeccable judgment and the ability to remain calm under pressure, including representing senior leadership in a variety of situations
A nimble mindset, that uses a combination of proven and experimental approaches, to deliver winning outcomeYou’ll bring a creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized
Strong analytical skills, with ability to drive meaningful actions from large data sets
Ability to flourish in a fast-paced, diverse, and growing digital environment
Avid consumer of media and passion for all things communications
A willingness to experiment with new approaches to communications and pr in order to drive unfair mindshare.
The right skills
Excellent managerial skills, with experience managing a combination of in-house and agency resources
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal and has strong emotional intelligence
Well versed with modern social and public relations strategies and practices and emerging platforms
Strong analytical skills, with ability to drive meaningful actions from large data sets
Experience using cpv/cpc/cpm-based business models and paid search
Knowledge and experience with pr, sentiment and social tools, such as or similar to meltwater, sprout, hubspot, sprinklr
What you’ll likely bring to the table
Minimum 5 years of experience in progressive senior leadership roles responsible for public relations, social media and corporate communications
Minimum 15 years of experience across pr, social media, digital, marketing/ audience development, including responsibilities for planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications and directories
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or social sciences
What it is like to work on our team
Talent is our best asset!
We invest in people with passion and potential who understand the linux foundation’s dedication to the open source community.
Entrepreneurial, mission-driven culture with core values of quality and integrity
Focus on fostering personal and professional growth
Competitive benefits including paid vacation time, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training
Collaborative work environment ~ fun, diverse, inclusive and ambitious co-workers