Communications Associate

New York
Apr 11, 2013
May 11, 2013
Ms. Human Resources Manager
Full Time

Director of Communications

JOB SUMMARY: Working closely with the organization's marketing and communications team, the Communications Associate will help develop, implement, and monitor innovative strategies to increase the Foundation Center's visibility, effectively communicate about our products and services, enhance our reputation, and contribute to the successful achievement of the organization's goals. The Communications Associate will have an acute understanding of Foundation Center resources, our target audiences, and the nonprofit sector as a whole. The person in this position will work on a wide variety of projects that strengthen both internal and external communications - in print, online, and in person.


-Communication Strategies: Assist with the development and execution of strategies that promote awareness of the Foundation Center brand, products, and services. Help coordinate activities across multiple channels, including social media and internal communications tools.
-Media Relations: Assist in fielding and tracking press/media inquiries and news coverage; work closely with communications staff and outside vendor(s) to ensure accurate and timely delivery of quarterly reports; support the production and dissemination of internal and external periodic reports and press coverage lists. Support e-mail and web posting of press releases. Carry out these responsibilities utilizing tools such as Cision, MS Office, and CheetahMail.
-Communications Materials Development: Assist with the development and maintenance of printed and online collateral, including the annual report, brochures, and select web pages (such as About Us and Press Room). Ensure the material is accurate and proofread, and handle distribution across channels (i.e. e-mail, web site, print, etc.) as required. Help develop and maintain digital press kit. Assist with editing of library newsletters, as needed.
-Support the organization's digital strategy & emerging media goals/projects by collecting/assessing metrics, executing campaigns, and supporting special projects as required.
-Support for new strategic organizational initiatives, such as combined federal campaigns, convenings, knowledge services, content-sharing with partners, and the rebranding of specific programs.
-Support outgoing e-mail communications to the Foundations for Education Excellence (FFEE) community.
-Maintain communications contacts database and perform custom research for specific outreach campaigns/press releases, as required.
-Monitor the communications e-mail inbox on a daily basis, handling inquiries, reprint requests, and/or routing requests to internal staff as appropriate.
-Provide support for select communications-driven special events,
-Assist with proofreading, copyediting/writing, and fact-checking to ensure that communications materials are accurate, well-written, relevant to their target audience, and aligned with our style guide and brand identity standards.

-Build trust, value others, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, solve problems creatively and proactively, and demonstrate high integrity.
-Maintain professional internal and external relationships that meet the core values of the organization.

-BA/BS degree, communications or related field preferred
-2-3 years professional experience required; previous experience in the nonprofit sector and/or media relations preferred
-Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, administrative/organizational, and interpersonal skills
-Experience writing for print and web for a variety of audience groups
-Works effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, - both independently and as part of a team - with minimal supervision
-Excellent time and project management skills, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
-Ability to work on everyday details with an eye towards long-term strategy
-Confidence and composure to represent the organization externally - on the phone, online, and at events
-Experience with PR software and media databases strongly preferred
-Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office, basic HTML, and social media
-Knowledge of Photoshop, Quark and/or InDesign, Google Apps and Analytics; and popular e-mail service providers (especially CheetahMail) preferred

Please send resume and salary requirements to:

E-mail: (Please put the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line)

Human Resources Manager
The Foundation Center
79 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Do not telephone.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

The Foundation Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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