Head of Communications

New York City, NY /
Communications – Communications /
Full-time
OXMAN
 
OXMAN is a hybrid Design and R&D company that fuses design, technology, and biology to invent multi-scale products and environments. The fusion of disciplines within our work opens previously impossible opportunities within each domain—allowing design to inspire science and science to inspire design.
 
At OXMAN, we question dominant modes of design that have divorced us from Nature by prioritizing humanity above all else (human-centric design). Although it is design that has caused this rift, we believe that design also offers the greatest opportunity to heal it.

We propose a Nature-centric approach that delivers design solutions by, for, and with the natural world, while advancing humanity. In this pursuit, we reject all forms of segregation and instead call for a radical synergy between human-made and Nature-grown environments.
 
This approach demands that we design across scales for systems-level impact. We consider every designed construct a whole system of heterogeneous and complex interrelations—not isolated objects—that are intrinsically connected to their environments. In doing so, we open ourselves up to moving beyond mere maintenance of Nature toward its advancement.

Summary
 
The Head of Communications will be an integral player in the next step of OXMAN’s journey as it prepares for the formal launch of the company to introduce the company’s mission to the public. The role will own the company’s strategic narrative and be responsible for increasing the visibility of the company, promoting its key initiatives, positioning the company as the thought leader of Nature-centric design, and telling the brand story to target audiences.
 
This position reports directly to the CEO.

Core responsibilities

    • Develop overarching strategic narrative that serves as the ‘north star’ for communications activities.
    • Create comprehensive communications strategies, plans, and roadmaps to reinforce our thought leadership, strategic vision and mission, overall reputation, and more.
    • Originate and drive story ideation, communication, and placement across media channels (broadcast, print, digital).
    • Manage the development and maintenance of the corporate website including methods to deliver core messages, ease of navigation, and clarity of information.
    • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on all media interactions.
    • Draft, edit, and distribute pitches, press releases, op-eds, and other communications materials.
    • Manage and support execution of media and press events.
    • Coordinate across internal teams to develop collateral necessary for media opportunities.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key media players.
    • Assist the CEO and leadership in developing presentations, speeches, and messages.
    • Develop and implement processes and policies to define the communications function within the organization.
    • Advise the CEO on new media opportunities that affect her personal brand.

Qualifications & competencies

    • 10+ years of experience in relevant fields with an industry background in architecture/ design or science/ technology.
    • Public company experience is a plus.
    • Bachelor's degree required.
    • Entrepreneurial/ business-oriented mindset and a creative problem solver with a demonstrated ability to push the business forward with limited guidance.
    • A demonstrated ability to understand complex and technical subject matter, along with the skills needed to simplify and explain these topics for a broad audience of stakeholders.
    • Stellar writing and storytelling skills with clear and concise prose.
    • Strategic mindset and ability to formulate big picture ideas tied with polished tactical execution.
    • Solid working relationships with top-tier architecture/ design and technology reporters.
    • Coordination skills to work effectively across various teams to deliver shared objectives.
OXMAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.