The Center for Community Progress seeks an experienced and innovative communications professional to develop a forward-looking communications strategy that will effectively highlight the organization’s achievements and build broader recognition and understanding of the vital importance of stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods through the prevention of blight and the reuse of vacant properties.
This senior level position will work in partnership with Community Progress’ President and CEO and senior staff to develop a strategic communications framework to further the mission of Community Progress and the field of vacant property reuse more broadly. The Communications Director will be responsible for building an in-house communications team and managing all related tasks including strategic framing and messaging, media relations, managing our social media efforts, and writing and editing including blogs, newsletters and op-eds.
DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Develop a communications strategy for the organization and provide strategic communications counsel to Community Progress and occasionally to external partners;
- Enhance Community Progress’ image and identity as a leader in advancing neighborhood stabilization and revitalization strategies through the use of print, online and other media strategies;
- Identify opportunities for and write/edit a variety of communications including articles, press releases and advisories, fact sheets, talking points, op-eds, blog posts/web content, letters to the editor and commentaries;
- Improve and manage Community Progress’ websites and other online Community Progress resources;
- Manage the production and distribution of a regular e-newsletter;
- Track organization/staff in media and maintain an electronic library of media;
- Develop/implement plans to grow mailing lists;
- Stay current and informed about policy developments related to Community Progress issue areas;
- Manage social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, Hootsuite, LinkedIn); and
- Participate, as appropriate, in conferences and other events by providing communication support and possibly developing and presenting panels or training
Community Progress seeks a communications expert, who can lead the development and implementation of a communications strategy for Community Progress. The Director of Communications should:
- Have experience developing a communications strategy;
- Have experience implementing a communications strategy using both traditional outlets and social media;
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Have experience managing communications staff and working closely with program staff;
- Have knowledge of, or ability to learn about, the policy issues facing America’s cities as they relate to vacant properties, land use and revitalization;
- Have interpersonal skills that embody collaboration and a team-oriented approach;
- Be an avid reader and keen observer of politics and policy strategy and be experienced in framing issues and developing messages;
- Be highly computer literate with solid experience in web research, social networking, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and database management;
- Have advanced experience working with web publishing tools, content management systems, CRM software, and social networking sites;
- Have ability to learn design software (e.g. In Design, Adobe Photoshop);
- Have excellent copy-editing and proofreading skills;
- Have ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt to changing directions, and work independently;
- Be detail-oriented and work well under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Have a demonstrated commitment to public and community service with an enthusiasm for Community Progress’s mission; and
- Be willing to travel domestically.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in nonprofit communications or other related experience.
Degree in communications or related field; experience with journalism, especially surrounding housing and community development issues.
The Director of Communications will be based either out of the Flint, MI or Washington, D.C. office and will report directly to the President and CEO.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a cover letter (including salary expectations), resumé, writing sample, and three references via e-mail to Leah Landes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT
The Center for Community Progress is an equal opportunity employer.