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Communications Manager - Rasmuson Foundation

Location: Anchorage, AK
Date Posted: 02-03-2017
Position:   Communications Manager         
Location:   Anchorage  
Pay Range:  DOE + Benefits
Relocation: No

Reporting to the Vice President of External Affairs, the Communications Manager will serve to increase understanding among stakeholders of the purpose and role of the Foundation - its mission, programs, issues and results. To do so, the Communications Manager is responsible for the selection, integration and implementation of a broad range of communication tools that ultimately serve to tell the Foundation’s story in a compelling and engaging way. The Communications Manager will be called on to work with senior staff, the board and selected grantees, to provide media relations, public affairs, and support outreach activities. 
Duties and Responsibilities:
Overall Communications: 
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s overall communications strategy, guidelines, policies and practices and maintain knowledge of current practices, trends and ideas in the communications field, and introduce applicable ideas.
  • Maintain effective internal and external communications tools, processes, and procedures to successfully articulate the Foundation’s mission, goals, and programs to internal and external audiences.
Media Relations & Counsel: 
  • Develop the Foundation’s media relations strategy and provide strategic media counsel to board, staff, and external partners; 
  • Serve as media spokesperson for the Foundation as assigned, and develop strategies for media outreach, articles, news releases and media opportunities.
Content Development:
  • Provide leadership and oversight in writing and editing copy for multi-platform distribution for internal and external audiences.
  • Create professional-level Foundation publications, compiling data from various sources including data analytics, research, and narrative-style reports that will be submitted to the Board and/or circulated in the community.
    • Serve as primary author for press releases, the monthly President’s Report, and annual chairmen’s letter.
  • Manage calendars and production schedules for press releases, web updates, and collateral development. 
  • Maintain and promote the use of Foundation style guide and brand standards. 
Communications Infrastructure: 
  • Manage the maintenance and upkeep of the Foundation’s internal and external communications functions including the website (both external and internally facing), database of collateral materials, and social media channels. 
  • Work collaboratively with administrative staff on cross-function tools such as the Foundation’s contact database, management of copyrights and digital assets, and calendars. 
  •  Issue Management: 
    • Proactively identify potential crises issues and assist in developing strategies to manage those issues with external and internal constituencies.
Strategic support: 
  • Assist in communications planning and advising program officers and other staff on communications activities including, formulating objectives, and selecting communications consultants for specific activities. 
Governance and other support: 
  • Assist the VP of External Affairs in preparing updates and reports for Board packets, management team and staff;
  • Serve as dedicated back up in the absence of the VP of External Affairs;
  • Take on special projects as assigned;
  • Act as member of the Foundation’s Operations team.
Essential Qualifications and desired skills: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Experience with communications practices, including traditional and digital media, social media, public relations, public affairs, marketing, and effective storytelling.
  • Exceptional writing skills and demonstrated ability to produce engaging prose; 
  • Excellent oral skills and ability to present professionally in public settings and on camera.
  • Experience guiding contractors to deliver work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience in creating and implementing multi-platform, integrated campaigns.
  • Mastery of networked computer environments and the word processing, spreadsheets, email, publishing, graphics, web and social tools required for effective multi-channel information sharing and communication.
  • Experience with WordPress and Photoshop.
  • Intrinsic curiosity, willingness to embrace experimentation and innovation, and passion for the work of the nonprofit sector;
  • Superior organization skills for tangible items like files and photos, and intangible items like ideas and information. 
  • Strong time-management skills with the capacity to work well with competing priorities and tight deadlines that require a high degree of independent action with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of Alaska business and nonprofit sectors, 
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and demonstrated ability to connect with people and/or organizations who have different beliefs, backgrounds, cultures, styles and needs to achieve mutual goals.
  • Collaborative work style, advanced interpersonal skills, and the ability to bring tact, diplomatic ability, flexibility, joy, and creativity to the position.
  • Five years of relevant work experience.
All qualified candidates who meet or exceed the above Position Qualifications or have relevant experience will be contacted.
AES provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. While working within the parameters of an Alaska Native Organization, hiring preference will be given to shareholders/spouses/descendants and other Alaska Natives in accordance with Public Law 93-638.

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