Offer: Job: Manager Of Communications, Women's Funding Network, San Francisco, CA
Women’s Funding Network (WFN). San Francisco, CA, USA.
Women’s Funding Network (WFN) is a network of 166 women’s foundations and funds of various sizes and capacities from around the globe with assets totaling more than $535 million. More than 80% of women’s funds’ grants are made to marginalized populations of low or no income, and are directed to programs that address social justice issues through women-led solutions. Women’s Funding Network supports and champions the work of member funds around the world who believe that a better world for women is a better world for all.
About the Position:
Communications Manager will develop and implement strategic Communications initiatives to support Women’s Funding Network’s vision, mission and revenue objectives. We are seeking a talented, energetic and creative Manager of Communications who will be the nexus, catalyst and facilitator of all communications for WFN. This person is responsible for all strategic messaging, engagement and branding efforts for WFN, making sure these activities are advancing WFN’s strategic goals. Using skills in marketing, design, digital media, press relations, this Manager will coordinate communications/engagement strategies with all key constituencies, including members, donors, external stakeholders, and the general public. The Manager will help propel WFN’s visibility to new levels and shape the debate on the importance of social investment in women.
Collaborating with all departments within WFN, the Manager is responsible for creating a strategic vision for the messaging, look and feel of all communications, and working with other WFN staff and member funds to promote the leadership and innovations that occur throughout this global network. With the goal of developing a truly two-way relationship with key constituencies, the Manager is responsible for helping to develop strategy and overseeing
implementation of engagement strategies utilizing digital and social networking tools along with old-fashioned storytelling and other communications skills.
The Manager is responsible for graphic design and layout of print and digital collateral materials as well as working with outside designers or technical consultants when appropriate. The Manager is responsible for content and updating of WFN website, and coordinating work of other WFN communications staff as well as website technology consultants. The Manager is responsible for creating and overseeing a strategic and organized system for integrated communications flow from WFN, overseeing design and branding elements to assure consistency and alignment with vision and culture of the organization.
The Manager is responsible for helping with the development of and coordination of WFN’s crisis communications plan, serving as a spokesperson as necessary.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Marketing and PR Projects
Creates and implements communications/marketing/PR strategy and tactical initiatives.
Manages vendors, including graphic designers, photographers, technology consultants.
Develops relationships with key media, pitches stories, develops creative ideas for media outreach and planning.
Develops and oversees strategy for growing Women’s Funding Network’s engagement with all key constituencies (members, donors, press, external stakeholders) utilizing online channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Creates and implements strategies for integrating social media marketing for key Women’s Funding Network programs and events, including our annual conference.
Website and e-marketing
Oversees content for Women’s Funding Network’s website, including managing and implementing regular content updates.
Works with team to create online communications strategies, including newsletters, listservs, and other engagement tools for members and donors.
Liaises with website maintenance vendor on back-end updates and as-needed refreshes.
Writing and Editorial
Writes and edits communications and marketing materials, including web copy, fact sheets, in-house marketing collateral, annual report, briefing papers, speeches, position papers and news releases.
Oversees external communications and newsletter distribution across the organization to ensure coherence of brand and message.
Communications capacity building
Offers advice and counsel to member women’s funds on communications issues.
Coordinates collaboration by member funds communications staff and provides services to help them upgrade their communications capacity.
Creates and manages online resource kits member women’s funds can use to increase visibility and advocacy around key issues.
Oversees development of robust communications systems, including: media database/media monitoring processes; case study library; library of communications assets, including photography, video and publications.
Helps develop internal communications guidelines and ensures that all communications are consistent and aligned with the organization’s brand.
Undergraduate degree required. (Preference for Journalism, Graphic Design, Marketing or related fields).
Relevant graduate degree (Marketing, Journalism, Communications) a plus.
5-8 years experience in Marketing and Communications.
Writing for the media and for a range of marketing applications (including marketing collateral, social media and web).
Experience managing integrated web and e-marketing projects, especially Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn.
Successfully pitching stories to the media.
Working with, briefing, and managing marketing vendors, including designers, web agencies and photographers.
Producing and implementing marketing and PR plans for projects – including demonstrable evidence of outcomes.
Experience developing brand and messaging guidelines.
Producing a wide range of marketing collateral.
Working with/ managing PR agencies or consultants.
Required Skills and Attributes:
Excellent oral and written communications skills, including:
Strong editorial and proof-reading skills and high level of attention to detail.
Ability to quickly build rapport with a wide range of stakeholders.
Ability to work with and understand the needs of senior influencers and VIPs.
Technology literacy, including fluency with Microsoft Office suite and social networking tools.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment – responsive, quick and energetic.
Ability to work in a matrixed organization, to develop and implement cross-functional communications initiatives.
Ability to follow through on requests, queries and pitches and get rapid results.
Ability to work autonomously and without a high level of administrative support.
Demonstrated creativity, flair for devising and implementing creative and innovative marketing and PR ideas.
Ability to work occasionally outside of normal office hours and to travel.
Sense of humor and ability to juggle competing demands and schedules.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Experience working in a network organization and/or a corporate environment.
Experience using a content management system, ideally Drupal.
Experience using Adobe Creative Suite 4, specifically InDesign, and Photoshop.
Experience developing strategies for and using social media tools for visibility.
Knowledge of ConstantContact or Salsa e-mail marketing platforms.
Knowledge of and experience working in PR or branding organization.
To apply, please e-mail cover letter, résumé, and samples of written and design work to: firstname.lastname@example.org, including “Manager of Communications” in the email subject line. Please no phone calls or drop-ins.