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OrganizationTess Ortega
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2020
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$95 - $105,000
Phone(434) 338-7380


At the Mind & Life Institute, we bridge science and contemplative wisdom to better understand the mind and create positive change in the world. At this critical moment in history, we’re expanding our reach beyond individual well-being to focus on societal flourishing and interconnection.

For over 30 years, Mind & Life has forged a dialogue about how science and contemplative wisdom can break down barriers within us and between us. As we deepen and expand that work, our hope is to spark a global transformation toward a society where we embrace our shared humanity.

Position Summary:

The Director of Digital Strategic Communications is a member of the senior leadership team of the Mind & Life Institute (Mind & Life) and leads a team by setting strategic direction, planning, developing, implementing, distributing and managing the digital content for all Mind & Life digital platforms.  The ideal candidate will be a strong and proven leader who inspires others, building our creative and digital strategy to a new level as we grow our organization with current and new audiences.

Job Duties

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Create communications and content strategies that effectively reach target audiences and achieve the desired impact set forth by our mission, with a particular focus on our robust digital assets, archive and channels.
  • Work with other Mind & Life leaders to ensure digital strategies are integrated with both Mind & Life’s overall institutional and stakeholder communications strategies as well as revenue generating opportunities.
  • Bring extensive digital insights and expertise to these strategies, including an understanding of how to determine audience profiles, motivations, needs, and digital content consumption habits in order to inform strategies and tactics.
  • Establish and manage new partnerships and distribution networks for initiatives that lie outside of Mind & Life’s own digital channels.
  • Direct the production of innovative content that translates complex, nuanced concepts and academic research into compelling and inspiring user-centric materials and digital experiences for our audiences.
  • Manage Digital Strategic Communications team, which currently includes three staff as well as third party contractors.
  • Oversee MLI digital outreach channels and platforms, such as the production and pilot of a new podcast series, film products, and other digital storytelling. Develop and hone messaging and positioning, inspiring the team by taking creative output to a new level while bringing efficiency and discipline to digital content.

Skills Required


  • Bachelor’s degree in digital technology or similar field.
  • 5+ years in leading successful digital content efforts, 10-12 total years in digital content production.
  • Energetic, charismatic, innovative, and organized leader.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to represent the organization’s interests to a wide spectrum of constituent groups.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Substantial experience strategizing, developing and implementing digital programs, including podcasts, video, websites and other online content from concept through delivery.
  • Able to build and maintain effective, high performing team with strong morale.
  • Actively contribute to an environment that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. Must have command of cultural sensitivity and must value and embrace cultural, political, and social differences.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Mind & Life.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday

Flex work hours between 8 am – 6 pm

Additional Info

  • Mind & Life is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and following best practices to support a thriving organization with a diversity of perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
  • We strive to create a healthy and respectful work environment. Additional employee benefits include remote work day once per week, subsidized parking at our downtown pedestrian mall location, monthly staff lunches, and bi-monthly chair massage.
  • Please submit cover letter and resume to using the subject line “Director of Digital Communications”. Position is open until February 1, 2020.