Job Post: Communications Manager- CT Council for Philanthropy

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy seeks a new communications manager. This is an exciting moment for the organization as it launches a new strategic plan. The communications manager will have a key role in implementing this new plan, including crafting and implementing the organization’s communications strategies in service of new goals and objectives.

This is a reimagined position and an excellent opportunity for someone who enjoys using communications to support learning and collaboration as well as building visibility, brand, and influence.

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is Connecticut’s statewide association of grantmakers and works to organize, inspire, and equip a community of funders to learn, collaborate, and lead in support of a more just and thriving Connecticut. The Council’s members include foundations, business and corporate giving programs, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, individual philanthropists, and those serving the philanthropic sector. Annually, Council members grant more than $1 billion from assets of more than $9 billion.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Raising the Visibility of Philanthropy, the Council, and its Members

The communications manager will work to build the brand and profile of the Council, its members, and the sector through the development and execution of comprehensive communications plans integrating best practices in marketing, communications, and public relations.

Managing Website, Social Media, and Online Communications

The Council’s work is mostly accomplished virtually. The communications manager will manage and inform all online communications, including social media, website, email, and publications. He/She/They will work with the staff to ensure that all organizational communications are consistent, on brand, and high quality.

Developing Communications to Enhance Member Connection and Learning

The communications manager, in concert with the Council team, will develop communications tactics to improve member connections, enhance a sense of community, and support ongoing member learning.

Developing Marketing and Promotional Materials

The communications manager will support organizational events and fundraising through the development of promotional and marketing materials.

Philanthropy Expertise & Learning

The communications manager is responsible for staying up to date about trends, best practices, and innovations in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and other relevant topic areas.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly grasp the essential elements of a complex subject; identify the aspects to communicate to the specific audience; thoughtfully organize the information; and write engaging and clear reports and publications.
  • Excellent time management and planning skills.
  • Proficient in graphic design and publication software.
  • Comfortable using social media platforms, Drupal, Salesforce, Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Working knowledge of professional writing styles, like Chicago, APA, MLA.
  • Prior understanding of and a desire to continue to learn about the history and role of race and racism in the United States, Connecticut, and philanthropy would be helpful in this role.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well alone and collaboratively.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior transferable experience. Relevant experience could include: communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, social media, event planning. 
  • Experience in or familiarity with philanthropy, nonprofits, and/or public service sectors.
  • Belief that philanthropy can be a lever for social change.
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn and take on new challenges.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state when the organization resumes in-person operations.
  • Comfortable working as part of a small and mighty team.

Compensation & Benefits

The compensation for this position includes a salary range of $60,000 – $70,000, commensurate with experience, and a competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance, paid time off, and retirement benefits. Additionally, the organization is committed to supporting professional development among its staff.

The Council believes diversity and inclusion are drivers of creativity, innovation, and high quality work. Therefore, we seek candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, experiences, and perspectives for this position.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and samples of your writing to jobs@ctphilanthropy.org. Please note “communications manager” in the subject line.

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