Communications Consultant


​​​​​March 2022

The Wallace Foundation works in communities across the country and seeks to support, publish and disseminate reports that ensure that the insights learned through our work reach the widest possible audiences. Our editorial review process considers four key factors: clarity, including language accessible to non-specialists; organization of argument; support for and limitations to claims; and non-partisanship. 

We are looking for a few communication consultants to assist in our editorial review process. Among other tasks, consultants will be asked to provide editorial suggestions for consideration by the authors of reports and studies that are intended to help amplify the research findings and contributions to the field.

Assignments include, but are not limited, to:

  • Reviewing drafts of Wallace-commissioned research reports as part of the foundation’s formal editorial review procedures
  • Drafting reader-friendly briefs describing the research and its key findings
  • Drafting editorial content for Wallace’s website on research findings
  • Drafting blog posts about the research as well as Wallace’s work on the ground with grantees
  • Editing blog posts written by others
  • Assisting with tweeting, Facebook posting and other social media activity.


  • Ability to write and clearly present information accurately


  • Demonstrated ability to write about social science research for a non-researcher audience
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Wallace staff and commissioned researchers
  • Knowledgeable about one or more of the following areas: K-12 education, the arts, arts education, social and emotional learning, and/or afterschool and summer programming for young people
  • Experience in covering issues related to equity or marginalized communities

Compensation will be commensurate with knowledge, skills, and abilities.

As independent contractors, communications consultants work remotely. Regular work in the office is not required. However, we will invite consultants to meet with the editorial team on occasion at our New York office once staff move into a hybrid working arrangement, and in accordance with our COVID- 19 requirements.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Elly Kirschner The foundation w​ill consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals it believes are most qualified for the position.


The Wallace Foundation—an independent, national, New York-based philanthropy with $2 billion in assets—traces its origins back more than half a century to DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Our mission is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone.

We have a team-based structure and seek employees who are both highly skilled in their professions and able to work collaboratively with others. As reflected in our Statement of Core Values, we value behavior that demonstrates a commitment to mutual respect and support, diversity, continuous learning, collaboration, excellence, and accountability.

The Wallace Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace where differing perspectives are a source of strength.