Manager, Communications

  • Ancestry
  • Aug 30, 2021

Job Description

About Ancestry:
When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.

With more than 27+ billion digitized global historical records, 100 million family trees, and 18 million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.

At Ancestry, we believe that learning more about yourself and understanding your own story is the first step on a powerful journey of discovery. A deeper understanding of yourself, your heritage and your history helps create deeper connections across generations and uncovers shared experiences that bind us together. It gives greater insight into what makes someone who they are and sparks meaningful conversations that enrich lives, strengthening our identity and sense of belonging. That’s why at Ancestry, our mission is to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped people learn more about themselves by connecting them to their past so they can gain meaningful insights to shape their future. Ancestry is looking for a Manager, Communications to join our team. This position will report to Lauren Danis, VP of Communications and will be based in our San Francisco office.

What You Will Do

  • Develop and execute strategic, high-profile, proactive communications programs to support Ancestry’s business priorities and secure earned media coverage of Ancestry’s unique product and technology innovation
  • Work closely with Ancestry’s product, technology, AncestryDNA, digitized records, legal and marketing teams to generate key messaging for news opportunities and story narratives
  • Forge and nurture trusted, personal relationships with influential U.S. consumer technology journalists
  • Simplify complex ideas into understandable and conversational language for press and social media
  • Create and execute an annual speakers bureau and targeted communications plan to support Ancestry’s Chief Product Officer, SVP of AncestryDNA and other key product, technology and data science team leads
  • Collaborate with the International communications team to drive consistent product and technology messaging in local market outreach
  • Develop a range of communications materials including blog posts, FAQs, press statements and interview briefing materials Keep a pulse on relevant news cycles, consumer technology trends to ensure we’re inserting Ancestry’s innovation narrative in targeted, culturally relevant media opportunities
  • Collaborate with communications external agency teams on integrated programs

  • Who You Are

  • 5-7 years of consumer technology product/ platform communications experience
  • Exceptional written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills that are clear, concise and direct; must have keen attention to detail
  • Has established relationships with consumer technology media and opinion leaders in the U.S., but also has a global mindset Journalistic instincts and skills in uncovering and developing stories
  • Experience in crafting communications strategies into relevant, timely and engaging story narratives
  • General understanding of social media, digital platforms and influencer marketing
  • Unique balance between analytical skills and creativity
  • Demonstration of strong leadership, influence and project management skills
  • Experience working with and interpreting consumer insight and research
  • A high level of intellectual agility and capacity for original thoughts Proactive, energetic, self-starter
  • Proven ability to collaborate cross-functionally, within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to thrive in an ambiguous environment

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    Additional Information:
    Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

    All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  

    Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.