About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylands Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
About Weave: The Social Fabric Project
Weave: The Social Fabric Project was launched in May of 2018 under the leadership of David Brooks (Executive Director) of The New York Times. Weave started with a national listening tour where we identified and then went out and got to know people all around the country who are building community through caring relationships. We did this in big cities like Chicago and Houston, medium size places like Greenville, Youngstown and Missoula, and rural places like Wilkesboro, North Carolina and Nelsonville, Ohio.
What we found inspired us: people who selflessly serve others. We found that people all across the country, across many different divides were expressing and living out the same values, even though they dont even know about each other, even if they dont have time to step back and express their values as a coherent philosophy.
Weave has identified the core problem of society as hyper-individualism. Its a cultural wave that has lasted 60 years know and prioritizes the self over society. But these community weavers embody a philosophy you might call relationalism. It is a philosophy, a set of values and way of living that puts relationship building at the center, not the self. It emphasizes the whole personheart, soul, body and mind. It emphasizes radical mutualitywe are all walking together. It practices radical hospitality and aims at deep connection. Weave will champion this creed, which we think the entire Aspen Institute has been living out and embodying for the past many decades.
As we enter into the next phase of our work, we look to find ways to introduce these stories and this creed into the national conversation. Partly we will do it with the stories we write, the videos we will produce, and cultural products we develop to engage the hearts and minds of individuals. We will do this through a big gathering in May, which will bring together a large group of writers, donors, community weavers and non-profit leaders around relationalism and its distinct definition of the good life. This work is just the beginning of the cultural splash that Weaves director of communications will help design, execute, and amplify.
The Director of Communications for Weave: The Social Fabric Project brings proven experience developing and executing strategic communications approaches at national scale. The director plays a key role in supporting Weave byleveraging storytelling and developing cultural products that engage hearts and minds to shift culture from a hyper-individualistic focus to one that prioritizes relationships. The director oversees a communications unit of 4 full-time staff, interns, freelance writers and vendors to design and distribute content and resources that showcase promising practices, conceptualizing and conducting local and national media outreach that elevates Weaves messages and supports a growing national movement around identity. The ideal candidate is a gifted communicator with an exceptional work ethic, sound judgment, and experience creating and implementing an effective integrated communications strategy using mixed media. He/she will be highly motivated, creative, and passionate about the goal of shifting culture using grassroots and national approaches. To accomplish this work, the director will develop and execute a communications plan and provide team leadership to accomplish our goal of shifting culture within the American public.
1. Communications Strategy
2. Content Development
3. Content Distribution & Media Partnerships
4. Public Relations
5. Management and Staff Operations
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The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.
Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.