Creates and executes communications strategies that drive the organization's mission and vision forward with key donors and stakeholders, and continues to position the Ounce as a leader in early childhood education. This manager collaborates closely with the fundraising/development division of the organization to lead the development and execution of marketing and strategic communications for key brand and fundraising campaigns and events. Additionally, in partnership with marketing communications colleagues, the manager plays an integral role advancing the marketing communications initiatives that support the organization’s mission - to ensure that all young children have the best possible chance for success in school and in life.
Essential Job Duties:
Serve as liaison and primary point of contact between the development and marketing communications teams, provide ongoing marketing communications support and counsel, identify, and address marketing communications challenges and facilitate areas of opportunity.
Manage the development cycle for communications projects, often cross-functionally, leading external vendors, multiple internal stakeholder inputs, within a well-defined budget and with aggressive timelines.
Create, edit and optimize development-related communications, manage the production schedule and delivery process for event invitations, and programs and brochures, develop fundraising appeals, digital content, and other marketing collateral as needed.
Build comprehensive, annual communications plans for development-related events and outreach - in collaboration with development and marketing communications leadership.
Partner with the external communications senior manager to lead marketing communications and development projects that amplify organizational news and increase awareness of our brand, programs and original research with the donors and charitable giving communities.
Collaborate with the internal communications lead to identify and leverage brand storytelling opportunities to steward donors and perspective donors.
Serve as a brand ambassador and program lead at key fundraising and organizational brand events.
In collaboration with the major gifts and individual giving teams, design and develop online and traditional donor communications across multiple channels and vehicles.
Perform other job-related duties as requested.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or related field.
At least three to five years of experience in marketing, internal, strategic or executive communications.
Demonstrated experience leading non-profit development communications, a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Excellent communications skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) with a collaborative approach to project development and management.
Understanding of fundraising and development within a non-profit organization
Knowledgeable about marketing and communications best practices and committed to identifying and applying emerging approaches to communications.
Success in managing multiple, complex projects simultaneously, maintaining precise attention to detail, upholding high standards of excellence and relentlessly meeting deadlines.
Proven experience creating communications strategies and leading and accomplishing the goals of an annual communications plan.
Skilled in navigating across an organization to collaborate and seek input and insight from a variety of teams; incorporating that feedback into a single, cohesive plan or approach.
Experienced in identifying key themes and relevant details from complex subject matter and developing thought-provoking and engaging narratives that motivate and inspire action.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences. Strong interpersonal skills and experience interacting with and influencing executives and peers.
Ability to think strategically and deliver tactically.
Demonstrated ability to be diplomatic and make sound judgments while thinking and working independently with minimal direction in a fast-paced, deadline driven, ambiguous environment.
Ability to travel nationally up to 15%.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Must be able to travel within and between sites. Some sites may necessitate climbing stairs.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day.
Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to type regularly.
Must be able to lift objects up to 15 lbs. in weight.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.