Job Posting: Communications & Engagement Director


The Communications and Engagement Director manages the communications strategy and activities of the organization. He or she communicates with members, supporters, partner organizations, and the public via numerous channels. They often represent the organization publicly, and support the rest of the staff doing so. The Director will work closely with colleagues, board members, volunteers and partners to advance the organization’s mission through strategic communications.

Primary Relationships  

  • Works closely with the Executive Director on the organization’s overall communications and engagement strategies
  • Serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors’ Education Committee, but also works in close support of the Policy and Membership Directors and Committees, ensuring that all organizational messages are consistent with Friends’ mission and core work.
  • Builds and leads new programs of volunteer recruitment and member engagement in support of all phases of Friends’ work.

Responsibilities 

  • Create strategic communications plans and manage execution
    • Includes crafting key messages, developing strategies and tactics, identifying relevant channels
  • Engage audiences on Facebook and Twitter with regular posting with consistent organizational voice
    • Stay up-to-date on evolving and emerging tools and adapt strategy as needed
  • Update and maintain website content using WordPress content management system
    • Manage website design and functionality using HTML, CSS and PHP
  • Write and edit – often collaboratively –  blog posts, articles, opinion pieces, and letters
  • Maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Develop relationships with reporters and pitch media stories
  • Manage triannual print newsletter publication
  • Perform basic maintenance of office computers, printers and network
  • Create and edit photos and graphics using editing software
  • Hire and manage interns, Bill Rom Fellow and volunteers
  • Monitor media outlets for relevant news and information and disseminate
  • Contribute to advocacy strategy and policy implementation
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Two or more years experience working in an office communications environment
  • Strong and efficient writing skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines while remaining detail oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  Ability to listen well and motivate others to action
  • Strong initiative
  • Proficiency in aforementioned software, programs and applications
  • Willing to be a flexible member of a small but effective and passionate team that creates impact. This includes some evening and weekend work
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Basic to intermediate IT, network and troubleshooting skills
  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem

To apply:

Submit cover letter, resume and references, preferably electronically and in one document, to:

Paul Danicic, Executive Director
jobs@friends-bwca.org

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
401 North Third Street, Suite 290
Minneapolis,MN55401

(612) 332-9624 Fax

Applications will be accepted until January 11, 2013.

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