Background and Purpose
The Wean Foundation is a private foundation that leverages its resources and experience to accelerate community building in the underresourced communities of Warren and Youngstown, Ohio.
Every day, we partner with residents, organizations and civic leaders through a dynamic combination of grantmaking, capacity building and convening and partnerships. Since our founding in 1949, we have refined our strategies and dedication to creating a future where race has no influence on how a person fares in society.
The Wean Foundation seeks to use our communications to provoke fresh thinking, partner with residents and organizations and disrupt the conditions that hold problems in place. We seek to:
- Enhance knowledge and understanding of our funding opportunities, programs, and events.
- Deepen understanding of the issues being addressed through our work.
- Provide greater exposure for the work of our grantees and partners.
The position of Communications Officer is a newly created position and will be an integral team member; the individual chosen will be the sole professional responsible for leading the Foundation’s communications efforts to advance its vision, mission and values.
The Communications Officer will be responsible to drive the following:
- Implement and monitor the 2020 Communications Strategy, developing organizational practices to ensure the Foundation’s brand, positioning and voice are consistently reflected in all external and internal communications.
- Develop systems, procedures and applications to optimally deliver information in a variety of formats (website, social media, published reports, print materials, promotional materials)
- With leadership, develop and manage communications budget.
- Prepare communications to complement and support a wide range of program areas, initiatives and audiences including the drafting and editing of:
- Written materials including publications (e.g., reports, press releases, articles, presentations).
- Promotional material (e-blasts, ads).
- Website content.
- Social media posts and campaigns.
- Scripts/talking points.
- Develop and manage crisis communications, policies and procedures.
- Coordinate with local media outlets; pitch stories and respond to media inquiries.
- Coordinate with grantees to amplify their voice and advance their work in the community.
- Manage and oversee outsourced work of communication firm and vendors. (graphic design, photography, videography)
Team Learning and Partnership
- Manage communication projects, coordinating staff, tasks and timelines.
- Identify relevant communications opportunities and emerging issues and execute appropriate strategies.
- Provide staff support and training on communication activities such as social media, speaking engagements and media interviews.
Education and Experience:
- BS/BA or MA degree in communications, public relations or journalism.
- A minimum of five years of professional work in a communications agency or in-house experience is ideal. Previous experience in philanthropy or nonprofits (or managing their communications as an external partner) is highly valued.
- Demonstrate a current understanding of the Mahoning Valley’s political, cultural and media contexts, issues and challenges.
- Possess a track record of designing and executing communication strategy effectively, using internal and external resources to achieve measurable impact.
- Exceptional writer, compelling storyteller and gifted communicator.
- Adherence to organizational and AP Style Guide.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite.
- Proficiency in social media platforms (FB, Instagram, Twitter).
- Experience managing online content management and email marketing platforms (WordPress, Constant Contact).
- Proven project management skills that include vendors/consultant components.
You Are a Candidate If:
- You are confident, professional and desire to use your persuasive skills to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley.
- You thrive in a work culture that values diversity, racial equity and belonging. You possess a genuine interest in amplifying the voices of the people least heard in society.
- You are energized by the power of listening and feedback to create positive change.
- You are a lifelong learner applying current research, data and fact checking to enhance your work, educate and inspire your audience and maintain credibility.
- You are action-oriented and tackle problems as they arise, taking advantage of available resources to address challenges and opportunities. You enjoy figuring out the pieces of the puzzle and see barriers as an opportunity to work through.
- You are a strategic thinker with the ability to implement tactically. You set goals and objectives, translate ambition into tangible activities and results, and analyze performance using data and insights.
- You are a thoughtful relationship builder and engaging communicator. You communicate ideas in ways that inspire others to action. You have strong presentation skills and convey integrity and empathy when presenting to a group.
- You are flexible, self-directed, well-organized and can efficiently handle multiple priorities. You are at home in a lean environment with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of rapid change. You play well with others, pitch in wherever is needed, and can work autonomously and as a team player.
- You have a high degree of self-awareness relative to your strengths and opportunities for growth.
- Full time (40 hours per week)
- Compensation: Ranges from $55,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience
- Competitive benefits package (health, dental and retirement)
Reports To: President
With a commitment to racial equity, the Foundation strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.