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Director of Communications
Type
Full-time
Organization
Hamilton Community Foundation
Location
Hamilton, OH
Director of Communications
Job Summary

The Director of Communications oversees the planning, development, and implementation of integrated marketing, PR, and communications strategy to support HCF's strategic plan and organizational goals. This role is responsible for creating communications strategies that advance the foundation’s strategic goals and enhance its reputation while promoting its work and supporting the foundation in its activities and engagement within the community. The Director works across all areas of the Foundation including Affiliates assisting with marketing efforts and ensuring all efforts are integrated. Grow and maintain strong partnerships in the community that increase the Foundation’s and Affiliate’s brand awareness and impact and manage public engagement-driven projects and programming.

Job Description

Position Title: Director of Communications

JOB STATUS: Full Time Exempt

Background: The Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) is a public charity with over $140 million in assets and more than 900 funds. Created in 1951 and located in the historic Lane Hooven House, HCF manages individual, family and corporate funds, as well as nonprofit agency endowments. The Foundation provides annual grant awards in excess of $5 million each year to qualified charitable organizations in the greater Hamilton area.

REPORTING TO: President & CEO

PURPOSE OF JOB: The Director of Communications oversees the planning, development, and implementation of integrated marketing, PR, and communications strategy to support HCF's strategic plan and organizational goals. This role is responsible for creating communications strategies that advance the foundation’s strategic goals and enhance its reputation while promoting its work and supporting the foundation in its activities and engagement within the community. The Director works across all areas of the Foundation including Affiliates assisting with marketing efforts and ensuring all efforts are integrated. Grow and maintain strong partnerships in the community that increase the Foundation’s and Affiliate’s brand awareness and impact and manage public engagement-driven projects and programming.

Professionalism
• Support the Hamilton Community Foundation’s mission, vision and values as outlined in the strategic plan.
• Abides by the Foundation’s standards of conduct, policies and procedures.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop and implement an integrated marketing and communications strategy for the Foundation and its affiliates.
• Manage and maintain oversight of the Foundation’s brand, ensuring brand integrity.
• Develop and monitor the Communications budget, adjusting accordingly as needs change.
• Oversee and/or coordinate production of marketing/communication materials (digital and print), presentations, digital media, website, and social media messaging in the context of the communication strategy.
• Responsible for production of the Foundation’s annual report, newsletter, and press releases
• Supervise relationships with vendors involved in marketing and communications, including preparing and overseeing those budgets.
• Responsible for the development and maintenance of foundation’s website; create and/or approve content, facilitate website updates, implement digital best practices, and ensure compliance with current accessibility and other industry standards.
• Develop or help support the implementation of special events for fundholders, advisors, nonprofits, or other key stakeholders.
• Coordinate market research and other research related to the foundation’s public profile and constituent interests.
• Serves as the central point of contact for all press inquiries; pitches stories, cultivates relationships with media, develops content in collaboration with staff.
• Prepare written reports and analysis of Communication activities. Knowledge and Skills
• Experience in marketing and communications planning and implementation that aligns with organizational plans and goals
• Experience in demonstrating effectiveness in marketing and communications/public relations/media relations with diverse audiences
• Experience in project planning, implementation, and consistent follow-through
• Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including meeting facilitation
• Experience in collaborating with diverse and creative colleagues and contract professionals
• Expertise with digital and social media engagement, mass email tools – Constant Contact
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others
• Self-starter with ability to prioritize effectively, organize workload, meet deadlines, be flexible, pay attention to details.

Minimum Qualification
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, PR, fundraising or other relevant discipline required. Masters preferred. 5+ years’ experience in marketing/communications Previous experience with nonprofit organizations preferred

COMPUTER OPERATIONS
• Demonstrated use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software. Experience working in a network environment with integrated database. Ability to learn the foundation’s software - Foundant Technologies as needed.
• Knowledge and experience with social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Salary commensurate with experience level. To apply, please send your resume to Katie Braswell, Vice President kbraswell@hamiltonfoundation.org 

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