Director of Communications (Mobile)

July 20, 2018  |  Job Postings

MOBILE – The Community Foundation of South Alabama in Mobile seeks an experienced Director of Communications.

The communications director develops and implements comprehensive communications that provide education/awareness to the community about the programs and services of the Foundation, positions the Foundation as a philanthropic leader and trusted philanthropic partner, and ensures effective communications to maintain excellent donor relations. These positions supports the Foundation’s strategic plan by ensuring communications advance and support its strategic objectives.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Communications: Creates, modifies and implements comprehensive, proactive communications aligned with the Foundation’s strategic plan. Through Strategic Work Plans, communicates efforts to achieve the Strategic Plan Goals as they relate to communications.

2. Public Relations: Develops communication content for media plans that assist with targeting mainstream and press in Foundation’s eight county service area, as well as, media outlets; specialty and constituency-based media; trade publications; and Web-based media to promote the mission and programs of the Foundation. Maintains and leverages foundation media relationships, and develops/cultivates new opportunities for communicating the work of Foundation. Writes and distributes press releases, donor and grantee stories, and communication content for media events. Takes a proactive approach to building relationships with local, national, and philanthropic media. Works with management to respond to media inquiries; facilitates quotes and comments to press from key Foundation spokespeople. Provide communication content for PowerPoint presentations as needed. Works with consultants, other staff, volunteers and interns as needed to provide communication content.

3. Outreach, Education & Engagement: Works with staff to communicate the development and program work of Foundation to further its mission. Work as a member of a team to provide communications content for events such as Foundation annual luncheon. Work in conjunction with other departments, consultants, task force(s), and/or committees providing communications content as needed. Provide communication content for advertising, videos, and other mediums to effectively communicate the work of the Foundation to the staff, board, donors, grantees, and the public.

4. Publications: Provides content for newsletters, collateral and other materials as identified or needed. Interviews and writes donor, grantee, program, etc. stories. Coordinate with contract designers, other staff, volunteers and interns to provide communication content for brochures and invitations. Work with staff to provide communication content for the Foundation’s Annual Report.

5. Web Site and Social Media: Maintain, and update communication content on the Foundation’s website and provide content for social media posting to ensure timely and accurate news and information. Regularly and consistently, provide content for the website and social media to remain current and demonstrate the Foundation’s engagement in the community with its constituencies. Provide communication content for email newsletter for targeted audiences including writing articles/stories on donors, grantees, board and staff, and development/program activities to further the Foundation’s mission and work.

6. Internal Communications: Works with all departments to coordinate internal and external communication content to ensure a consistent voice in materials distributed to the Foundation’s constituencies and the public.

7. Department Oversight: Creates budgets and timelines for projects and manages workflow for the department. May supervise communication interns and volunteers. Works with the Finance and Administration department to review invoices, manage and monitor the Communication budget. Track inventory, ordering, and printing of stationery and other materials for the Foundation.

8. General: As appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure the effective and efficient operations of the Foundation. At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The Foundation may make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

1. Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of progressive responsibilities and experience in areas such as communications, Desktop publishing, or journalism.

2. Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English or related field of study or an equivalent combination of training and relevant work experience.

3. Communication Skills: Must have superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Must be comfortable in environments with high net worth donors, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and diverse constituent groups. Must have strong editing skills.

4. Creativity: Must be creative, innovative, flexible, attention to detail and highly organized with the ability and initiative to understand the products, services and mission of the organization.

5. Project Management Skills: Must be able to manage, prioritize and adjust projects to meet multiple demands/deadlines with a strong attention to detail. Ability to implement strategy and deliver results in a timely manner. Experience in creating and carrying out realistic timelines and project budgets with measurable outcomes of work essential.

6. Technology Skills: Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite is required. Working knowledge of nonprofit software helpful. Must have willingness and ability to learn the Foundation’s database system and other computer programs as needed. Must be familiar with social media tools and willing to learn new ones.

7. Supervision and Management Skills: Demonstrated skills in planning, management, and staff development and supervision. Successful managerial experience in leading a team and mentoring/coaching staff.

8. Leadership Skills: Ability to make well-reasoned decisions as part of a department and interdisciplinary team and in the best interests of the Foundation. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and levels of the organization.

9. Team Work & General Skills: Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise discretion, demonstrate independent judgment, maintain confidentiality, participate as an effective team member, demonstrate cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers at all times, and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to multi-task and work in cross-functional settings with all levels of an organization and diverse external constituencies.

To apply, please send cover and resume to Rebecca Byrne.



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