VP, Communications

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Upwork ($UPWK) is the leading tech solution for companies looking to hire the best talent, maintain flexibility, and get more done. We’re passionate about our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. Every year, more than $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled professionals who want the freedom of working anytime, anywhere. Top companies connecting with extraordinary talent around the globe? Upwork is how.

Are you a B2B communications leader looking for a company with a great mission where you can make a significant impact? Then you’ve come to the right place. Upwork is the world’s leading online talent solution, and our mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. We’re already making a big impact: each year $1.7 billion of work happens through Upwork.

We’re looking for an outstanding  VP, Communications to lead our strategic communications function. This is the perfect opportunity for a strategic, creative and innovative leader who is willing to take calculated risks, be bold and explore new ways and approaches to achieve our goals. This role works closely with our CEO and executive team, and leads a team of talented communications, media relations, internal comms and social media professionals.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and lead our overall communications strategy, inclusive of public relations, media relations, crisis communications, internal communications and social media/community functions
  • Develop and advance the strategy and voice for CEO and executive communications, including speaking engagements, media interviews, media preparation and internal communications
  • Develop our corporate narrative and messaging pillars - and activate this throughout our communications programs
  • Lead a robust media relations function, with a focus on delivering exceptional results that effectively position Upwork
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with journalists and influencers
  • Lead, develop and expand our economist media platform
  • Lead crisis communications efforts
  • Build, train and retain an exceptional team of communications professionals
  • Develop and lead our spokesperson program, including training and media prep
  • Align our communications strategy with business strategy
  • Collaborate cross-functionally across the organization to deliver on our communications strategy
  • Manage our agency partner relationship
  • Be a problem solver for day to day communications needs

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 15+ years of experience in B2B communications or PR with a public company
  • 10+ years of people leadership, with the demonstrated ability to recruit, develop and retain top talent
  • Proven track record for developing B2B communications strategy that deliver business results
  • History of working closely with executives and a deep understanding of the business
  • Media results that spotlight your ability to deliver outstanding media coverage
  • Exceptional writer and dynamic speaker
  • Ability to create compelling, data-driven stories and campaigns that showcase trends, impacts and customer success
  • Experience in developing and implementing new communications/positioning strategies
  • A persuasive influencer who has the ability to build consensus and momentum
  • Entrepreneurial-minded, business-savvy leader
  • Extensive experience working with media, including top-tier national, regional, financial, and trade outlets

How to really knock our socks off:

  • Staffing/talent industry or two-sided marketplace experience
  • A leader who creates a culture of both excellence and engagement
  • Proven track record of attracting and developing high potential communications talent

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. We’re a remote-first organization supported by offices in Santa Clara and Chicago, working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. 

Our vibrant culture is built on shared values and our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives. We build amazing teams, put our community first, and have a bias toward action. We encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work and grow together through development opportunities, mentorship, and employee resource groups. Oh yeah, we’ve also got amazing benefits.

Check out our Life at Upwork page to learn more about the employee experience. 

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Location

Our San Francisco office is located in SOMA. We are close to public transportation, restaurants, and Oracle Park.

An Insider's view of Upwork

What are some social events your company does?

I love how excited Upwork gets for the holidays. In December, we set up a Giving Tree for low-income households. On Thanksgiving, the leadership team serves employees lunch from the buffet table. My favorite event of the year, though, is Halloween. From in-office haunted houses to costume contests (dogs welcome!), it’s always a spooktacular time!

Elisabeth

Communications Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My teams and I are challenged with the tasks of building our native applications across Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Integrating delightful user experiences into the apps requires heavy collaboration across the company and in the end, it’s rewarding to know that we are further enabling others to work from anywhere in the world.

Mike

Engineering Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

I've joined a companywide Leadership Program that includes weekly check-ins with a leadership/executive coach. If you express the interest and show that you have the drive, work ethic, and dedication; Upwork will support your growth. They really do put their money where their mouth is.

Akilah

Operations Manager, Talent Acquisition

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

My team works on the matching systems that connect talent with jobs. One fun thing we do is come up with names for all the different kinds of work that are done on Upwork. Are you a designer or an illustrator? Is that a framework or a library? We write the catalog of what’s possible on Upwork and it’s always growing.

Zack

VP, Engineering

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started out working on mostly tactical features to address minor, well-understood issues to improve the user experience. Over time I’ve had the opportunity to drive solutions for increasingly more complicated and ambiguous problems, learning a lot about how to better lead and work more effectively with cross-functional teams along the way.

Cary

Lead Product Manager, Match

What are Upwork Perks + Benefits

Upwork Benefits Overview

Upwork proudly offers a comprehensive set of benefits to ensure employees are able to bring their whole selves to work. To allow for that, we aim to deliver world-class offerings and perks that cover your medical, dental, vision, emotional and family well-being. If you are an active, regular, full-time employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week you are eligible for all lines of coverage.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
In addition to company organized opportunities, we offer paid time off for volunteering at your favorite local organizations.
Partners with Nonprofits
The Upwork Foundation is Upwork's social impact arm–our goal is to make sure the future of work is inclusive, especially for communities at risk of being left behind by changing technology.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Upwork employees can contribute up to $2,750 annually to their healthcare FSA and up to $5,000 annually for Dependent Care FSA for single or married filing jointly.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 66.7% of annual salary up to $10,000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Acme Co. provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide 12 weeks of parental leave for all parents.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home on Wednesdays.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast and lunch every day of the week.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is dog friendly daily.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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