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Ford Foundation Seeking Media/Arts Program Officer

The Ford Foundation (www.fordfound.org) is looking to hire a Program Officer for its Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program in the Media, Arts and Culture Unit — a good opportunity for anyone interested in D & D and the arts, technology and democracy. The Program Officer for Media and Cultural Policy will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating the Foundation’s US programming in public service media with a primary focus on media and cultural policy. The work will fit under the Ford Foundation’s mission statement, Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom (KC&F) values of identity, community and creativity, and the unit’s goal to advance media, technology, information resources and policies to strengthen diverse communities and promote democratic values.

The position will have several major responsibilities with respect to shaping the Foundation’s work in this area. Building on the knowledge gained from the Foundation’s lines of work in media policy, the Program Officer will develop a new grantmaking program that integrates both media and cultural policy. Using a framework of Intellectual Property Rights and Freedom of Expression, this policy portfolio will naturally overlap with the primary interests of the MAC Unit, including Journalism and Public Service Media. The programming will focus strategically on policy that affects the entire system of creating and distributing culture and information, and that advances quality of life and the public interest. Fundamental to this line of work is the importance of culture and media as centerpieces of public discourse, essential ingredients of individual freedom and community, and spaces for the exploration and articulation of identity. Convenings, technical assistance, public information and capacity building will be used as supporting measures. Individuals with knowledge, interest and experience in media and cultural policy and its application in multiple media platforms are encouraged to apply.

Working with the Director of Media, Arts and Culture (MAC) unit and other Foundation staff, the Program Officer will develop grantmaking strategies; identify prospective grantees; solicit, review and respond to grant proposals; and prepare recommendations for Foundation funding. The Program Officer will also collaborate especially with colleagues in KC&F, and in the Foundation’s other programs and overseas offices to advance a worldwide agenda around the Foundation’s goals in the Media, Arts and Culture fields.

QUALIFICATIONS: An advanced degree in communications and media, or equivalent experience. Substantial professional experience with media and cultural policy in the public interest as well as the fields of arts/culture and media in the U.S. Substantial experience with issues related to diversifying staffing and programming. Interest in and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in arts and culture as well as media both in the U.S. and overseas, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Russia. Superior analytical skills and the capacity to write and speak effectively. Interest in working collaboratively and through teams; familiarity and/or experience with business planning and policy frameworks overseas. Location: New York, USA . Target Start Date: Fall 2007

Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided. To apply for the position, send full application materials (consisting of substantive cover letter, c.v., and a 5-20 page sole-authored writing sample) to Mr. William Burgess at resumes@theburgessgroup.com, by June 30, 2007.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at the Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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