Director of Communications and Engagement
The Fund for our Economic Future (“Fund”) seeks a full-time Director of Communications and Engagement to join its small leadership team. The Fund is primarily an in-office environment, with some remote work and schedule flexibility possible. The Fund seeks to attract both established and emerging leaders. This position reports to the President of the Fund. It has a starting salary of $95,000 with upward flexibility for a candidate with demonstrated capabilities and significant relevant prior experience.
In existence since 2004, the Fund serves as a creative space for civic leaders in Northeast Ohio to advance more equitable economic growth. For more about the Fund for Our Economic Future, please visit www.thefundneo.org.
The person most likely to succeed in this role is a creative, highly effective communications and engagement professional. (S)he/they finds joy in distilling complex economic ideas, planning learning and engagement events, and developing exceptional products. (S)he/they understands people and the wide variety of ways individuals are informed and inspired, is capable of appropriately bringing levity to serious subjects, and aspires to use the Fund as a platform to advance big ideas for equitable economic growth.
The Director of Communications and Engagement is responsible for building and using the Fund as a platform to drive better and more equitable outcomes. Responsibilities include: overall communications strategy development and execution, brand development and management, commitment-building and member experience.
Communications Strategy Lead. The Director is the lead staff for the Fund’s overall communications strategy. Responsibilities include:
- Leading development and execution of comprehensive strategic communications plan for the Fund with internal and external stakeholders (i.e., board members, staff, grantee partners, local and national funders, media, civic leaders, and community members), including branding, content development, media relations, events and community outreach;
- Managing contracted execution support partners and associated budget;
- Determining whether and how to advance a potential re-branding campaign with the objective of positioning the Fund as inviting, inclusive and impactful;
- Serving as chief of quality control on external-facing products, ensuring they live up to our level of professionalism and are consistent with established brand standards; and
- Elevating Fund staff and board members as key experts in their field.
Commitment-building. The Director is charged with raising awareness of the Fund’s work. Responsibilities include:
- Determining when and how to drive commitment-building campaigns on specific initiatives and issues, including developing goals, benchmarks and execution strategies;
- Supporting execution of commitment-building and/or change agendas of specific Fund initiatives, e.g., Paradox Prize, job hubs, and Where Are the Workers research; and
- Developing and executing public-facing events to support shared goals for change.
Member Engagement. The Director is charged with stewarding the Fund board member experience. Responsibilities include:
- Strategy and tactics for enhancing the Fund’s function as a forum for members to come together, learn, build networks, set joint priorities, and bring talents to bear;
- Planning and executing interesting and enjoyable Fund board meetings quarterly;
- Regularly communicating with members and other partners on the work, with insightful and easily accessible content in a variety of formats;
- Synthesizing who we are, what we do and our impact so members act as empowered ambassadors of the Fund; and
- Developing and supporting the execution of member on-boarding program.
Education and Experience Specific to the Position:
- Evidence of exceptional written communication skills, critical thinking ability and diplomatic and professional leadership are required.
- Prior experience leading related communications work, e.g., communications campaigns or designing community engagement events is desired.
- Working knowledge/basic proficiency with the following systems/tools is required: WordPress content management system and basic web design/post creation, Social media and digital monitoring tools (such as Buffer, Google Analytics, Twitter, LinkedIn, FB/Instagram), Canva, Virtual meeting tools (Teams, Zoom), Office 365, especially PowerPoint and Word, Constant Contact. Experience with Adobe InDesign and/or Photoshop a plus.
- Other important qualities include a service orientation, ability to self-manage, ability to manage and facilitate others, and oral communication skills.
- Interested candidates will be asked to provide a sample of:
- Self-authored content (a writing sample) to demonstrate communications style; and
- Content developed and executed with partners, for which the candidate served as the lead (e.g., setting the vision, selecting and/or managing execution partners)
- While no specific level of education is required, a background in marketing or communications is desired.
Good to Know:
- This is one of three full-time positions currently open at the Fund. Interested candidates who believe they are a good fit for the vision of the job, but don’t yet have the experience level required or the capability to cover the full scope described, may still be considered with commensurate adjustments to the overall role, responsibilities and salary.
- The Fund is a mission-driven organization. Candidates best suited to this work are those excited about and ready to engage on the tough issues related to advancing a growing, more equitable economy for all residents of Northeast Ohio, regardless of race or place.
- The Fund values its staff and offers (and encourages use of!) paid time off, medical and dental coverage, and short- and long-term disability policies.
- We seek to build a caring, high-performance culture. We also strive to be an environment where achieving excellence at work doesn’t prevent team members from living full outside-of-work lives.
- The Fund is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. We embrace and celebrate diversity and strive to create genuine belonging for all.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and requested content samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.