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Communications Manager

Employment Status: Full-time

Department: Communications

Reports to: Senior Director of Communications

Salary: $60,000 – $70,000 based on experience and qualifications + benefits

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, references, and two creative samples that showcase content creation, copywriting, and/or design (social media posts, press releases, etc.) to humanresources@wfmn.org.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervises: N/A

Location: Hybrid work environment. Office requirement is approximately 25%. As a community foundation with a statewide focus, community context is an integral aspect of creating effective marketing and narrative shifting strategies to achieve the Foundation’s mission. As such, the incumbent to this position should reside within the state of Minnesota.

Summary
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota seeks a seasoned, passionate, and creative Communications Manager to produce, drive, and manage the production, dissemination, and use of communication tools to inform, amplify, and demonstrate the impact of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and our community partners. This role develops, implements, and manages communication projects to ensure the flow of work is in alignment with the organization’s annual operating plan and communications calendar. The person in this role will work closely with the Communications team and partners across departments and communities, using an intersectional framework (gender, race, place, additional identities), reflective of the depth and breadth of the Women’s Foundation mission and commitment to driving systems change for gender and racial justice.

Primary Responsibilities
Communications Project Management (50%)

  • Manage both print and digital projects by facilitating creative job requests, understanding and documenting project requirements, coordinating and managing project plans, and managing expectations throughout the process.
    • Applies communications knowledge, experience, and project management to coordinate the day-to-day workflow within the Communications department and works with team members and external vendors to ensure quality results on deadlines.
  • Lead project management and work plan delivery for publications.
    • Marketing materials, e-newsletter, annual impact report, marketing materials, research and listening sessions, including the Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota, and other projects specified in annual operating plan.
    • Coordinate timely delivery and production of all communications projects to printers, designers, and partners.
    • Review and approve proofs, copy, and lists with an eye for detail, accuracy, and efficiency.
  • Support the Sr. Director of Communications to maintain and ensure collaborative Communications partnership with Advancement, Community Impact, and across the Foundation.
    • Develop and maintain all print-production and mail plans, including appeals, e-newsletter, marketing materials, research reports, and other mailings, as needed.
    • Support communications requests from Advancement and Community Impact.
    • Project-manage communications materials in support of Foundation events
    • Manage virtual platforms (Zoom, etc.) and provide technical support for WFMN events.

Marketing & Digital Communications (50%)

  •  Contribute to digital and print projects, in partnership with and directed by Senior Director of Communications including press releases, marketing materials, email, research and other reports, event communications, and mailings.
  • Manage development, production and related tasks, for digital and print materials including copyediting.
  • Plan, produce, and manage content and visual graphics for social media amplification and engagement.
  • Lead social media strategy and design with creative partners to amplify and leverage WFMN partnerships, impact, grantmaking, policy, and research.
  • Explore and implement best practices, trends, and innovation in social media for philanthropy, aligned with Foundation’s annual operating plan.
  • Create and execute social media strategy for high-priority initiatives aligned with annual operating plan and event calendar.
  • Ensure that content is current, and messaging is consistent with overall work of the Foundation.
  • Monitor, measure, and analyze analytics to increase engagement across all channels.
  • Scan media for relevant articles to post and share with Foundation staff.
  • Create and collaborate with Communications team on digital strategies to drive engagement through website, blog, and social media in partnership with Community Impact, Advancement, and Policy teams.
  • Implement the dissemination of online email management (Mail Chimp), Blackbaud NetCommunity, and related projects for digital communications, aligned with annual communications plan and calendar.
  • Content development and calendar, design, production, and distribution to constituents.
  • Partner with database manager for timely and accurate delivery of lists.
  • Monitor and track all analytics.
  • Lead and manage digital outreach, editorial, marketing analytics on public relations initiatives, events, and other media activities.
  • Maintain and update statewide media contact lists, social media lists, and communications and media files on the Shared Drive.
  • Distribute press releases.
  • Monitor and track media coverage.
  • Monitor and track organizational website and social media through Google Analytics.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Participate as an active member of the Foundation staff by working collaboratively with other staff, volunteers, and stakeholders.
  • Attend Women’s Foundation of Minnesota events, as requested by the Senior Director of Communications.
  • Perform all other projects and tasks, as assigned by the Senior Director of Communications.

Job Specifications
Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, marketing, public relations, or related field.
  • Minimum 3+ years of direct project management experience in communications and creative services such as social media, marketing, communications, graphic design.
  • Experience working with diverse communities (Black, Indigenous, and communities of color) to develop critical messaging on important community issues.
  • Strong creative project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including copywriting, editing, and messaging.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading creative projects, digital strategies, and social media analytics to meet narrative change and strategic communications initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Highly organized, adaptable, and detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrates initiative and a solution-focused attitude while positively contributing to our team work environment.
  • Understands and applies an Intersectional Equity Framework™ (gender, race, place, additional identities) to each project to ensure WFMN’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Proficiency in technical tools is required: PC computers, Microsoft products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Mail Chimp, Basecamp
  • Proficiency in creative and publishing tools is highly desired: design software (Canva, Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), eSpatial, WordPress, Adobe Acrobat, Blackbaud NetCommunity, and basic HTML coding.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.
  • Commitment to gender and racial justice, including actively participating in WFMN’s learning culture in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Ensure that external communications connect to and benefit Foundation’s grantee-partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to understand and take direction and ask questions as needed to clarify work.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills including relationship-building skills to effectively work with a diverse variety of people and backgrounds.
  • Self-directed and able to plan and manage their own projects.
  • Works as an effective and proactive team-player.
  • Aligns with and actively practices our core cultural norms and values: hope, generosity, courage, inclusion, belonging.

Physical Requirements Necessary to Perform This Job

  • Hear and speak in order to use telephone and communicate with people both in and out of the office environment.
  • Sit at desk for extended periods, as well as move around office area repeatedly throughout the day.
  • Apply manual dexterity for computer keyboarding and office equipment use.
  • Visual ability to review detailed reports and information.
  • Physical ability to move around office area repeatedly throughout the day.
  • Flexible work hours. Must be willing and able to work and attend events on evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must have reliable transportation to visit off-site locations in the Twin Cities and, on occasion, in areas of greater Minnesota.

Tools and Equipment Used

  • Candidate must be able to use standard office equipment (telephone, printer, computer, postage machine, and other technical tools).
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite software, graphic design (Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop), publishing (WordPress, MailChimp), and other digital tools as needed.

Applications accepted through May 10, 2022 or until filled.

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