Communications and Program Services Director
Full time, hourly, 40 hours/week including special events & meetings as needed. Is expected to report to the Foundation office from 8:00am to 4:00pm during the work week.
Continue to develop and implement an integrative communications and marketing strategy, elevating community knowledge, while overseeing program and special project development.
Communications & Marketing Responsibilities
- Creating written and visual material such as the annual report, advertisements, brochures and invitations
- Leads in the development, production and delivery of publications and presentation materials, including brochures, flyers, posters, direct mail solicitations, presentations, charts and graphs, and other development and communications support materials.
- Maintaining a basic knowledge of the other activities of the Foundation
- Leads with development of creative concepts and marketing strategies (including digital) for promoting the work of the Marietta Community Foundation, with input from CEO and Marketing Committee
- Create concepts into print, online and other collateral materials
- Plan and shoot photography, as well as produce short videos, working with outside vendors as needed, for dissemination to various online audiences.
- Develop content for promotional materials including newsletters, website, social media stories, media releases, and other materials as needed
- Development and upkeep of grant, fund, and donor stories and materials to demonstrate the power of philanthropy
- Continue to develop social media presence which includes developing content and providing scheduled Facebook posts and updates, attracting nontraditional donors
- Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories. Grow and maintain relationships with local, statewide and national media outlets and identify opportunities for media coverage.
- Design flyers, graphics and other marketing material as needed
- Ensure archival of MCF-related press clippings, photos, videos, press and information kits for easy use, reference and distribution. This includes management of a tracking system.
- Supervise Marketing & Communications Interns as needed
- Assist with Annual Event planning; theme, schedule, nonprofit contest component
- Participate in planning meetings with CEO for internal theme development
- Develop Marketing Plan and schedule for the year in conjunction with Marketing Committee. Responsible for upkeep of communications calendar to coordinate upcoming deadlines and initiatives.
- Monitor web, mobile, social and creative trends in order to assist MCF’s evolving digital media strategies.
- Manage public relations related to grants and scholarship programs.
- Create a high degree of positive visibility for the Foundation among the diverse constituents within the local community and the community foundation network.
- Providing avenues for community input, ideas and connecting
Grant Administration Responsibilities
- Assist CEO in reviewing and analyzing proposals through written materials, site visits, interviews with other funders and relevant agencies, as well as comparing the funding request with what is known in the field of the proposed program.
- Respond to inquiries, with particular emphasis on grant inquiries and questions about specific grant opportunities
- Coordination of grant and grantee tracking for ensuring grants, their impacts, and grantees are catalogued and supported
- Work directly with grantseekers to provide clarification of community foundation priorities, direction regarding application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
- Organize grantwriting workshops as is deemed necessary
- Conduct research on issues or concerns of importance to the community foundation through written materials, interviews, community meetings, computer networks, or other useful vehicles.
- Help identify grantees with capabilities for additional or new projects
- Provides outreach to the nonprofit community and other public and private organizations to develop partnerships to strengthen the region.
- Promote & Facilitate civic participation, volunteerism
- Prepare and maintain list of community resources and services, nonprofit organizations and programs
Scholarship Administration Responsibilities
- Gain knowledge and understanding of the various scholarship funds of the Foundation and the qualifications for receipt of awards from these funds
- Represent and serve as spokesperson / staff liaison for the scholarship funds within the regional framework having contacts/audiences with: students; parents; school officials; donors and related parties associated with scholarship funds; and staff, scholarship committee and board members in the various Foundation communities
- Ensure that all scholarship committee members properly complete necessary forms (nomination forms, conflict of interest forms, etc.) to maintain compliance with each fund’s charitable purpose and legal and other requirements associated with such types of funds and that all such forms are maintained in the appropriate office files
- Coordinate and evaluate scholarship applications, reports, and information relevant to the success of programs, tracking that all requirements are met and all follow-up reporting submitted.
- Respond to scholarship inquiries and questions about specific opportunities
- Organize scholarship information sessions as is deemed necessary
- Manage scholarship award presentations and present as needed
- Promote the goals of the Foundation through the development of relationship with individual donors, financial and investment institutions, foundations, corporations, non-profit organizations, community leaders, attorneys, CPAs, and financial planning professionals.
Other duties as assigned by the President & CEO
- Maintain contemporary skills and knowledge within the field of philanthropy—attending seminars and professional training institutes as appropriate.
- Represents the Foundation by serving on various community and statewide committees and attending community events.
- Computer literate and willing to learn and use the foundation's programs. Knowledge of design software; Adobe Photoshop & InDesign
- Excellent time-management and organizational skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills, outgoing. Able to interact with grantseekers, board members, donors, and foundation staff from diverse backgrounds
- Familiarity with Marietta and its nonprofit sector.
- Self-starter who is creative, flexible and accurate
- Flexibility and responsiveness
- Strategic thinking skills—plans, develops and coordinates visionary directions for the foundation.
- Highly developed analytical thinking skills.
- Commitment to the mission of the Foundation and its Strategic Plan.
- Professional, positive appearance and personality.
- Able to thrive on change and succeed in an environment with a rapid pace and heavy workload.
- Able to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a high functioning team.
- Minimum 2 years professional experience in Communication/Design field required
- Minimum 2 year degree or certificate program in Communication/Design field preferred
Competitive pay and benefits based on experience and skill set.
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