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Director of Communications - Jackie Robinson Foundation

Director of Communications - Jackie Robinson Foundation

Full Time

Background and History

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit national organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his achievements. Serving as an advocate for young people with the greatest need, the Foundation assists increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of four-year scholarships for higher education.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides much more than financial support. While each Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar receives up to $7,500 a year in direct support, they also become an active member in the Foundation’s unique Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, which is an extensive mentoring program that includes attendance at workshops, assignment of a peer and a professional mentor and placement into summer internships and permanent employment.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation has an operating budget of over $8.6 million and is governed by a twenty-three-member Board of Directors.  Its full-time staff numbers eighteen. The quality, dedication and creativity of the staff, and the support and generosity of its Board are strengths of the organization. For more information about JRF, please visit www.jackierobinson.org

Qualifications 

A minimum of seven years’ experience in a communications management position

Proficiency in all facets of digital and social media

Excellent organizational, management, and interpersonal skills

Strong problem-solving skills

Skilled at multi-tasking

Excellent writing and communication skills

A temperament that values and genuinely enjoys a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment 

Essential Functions

Develop and implement a dynamic communication and marketing strategies using traditional print, broadcast, cable and contemporary online approaches.

Works with the JRF staff, to effectively shape and communicate JRF’s many messages in a well–timed and strategic manner. 

Establishes protocols so that all communications and marketing materials for the organization have a consistent voice and message. 

Strategically develop and maintain a communications and marketing schedule. 

Identifies and successfully utilizes and implements new multi-faceted media strategies.

Oversees the development of best messaging and communications and/or marketing tactics to effectively increase the organization's visibility and impact. 

Conducts regular analysis of trends that impact the Foundation. This includes building and mining the available information in a database.

With consultants, regularly update JRF’s online media via its website and social media pages.

Write and distribute regular e-blasts to JRF’s constituents.

Education and Experience Required (an equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered)

Candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in communications, business, marketing or a related field. 

Seven to ten years of previous experience managing the communications function of a small to medium sized organization to include planning and execution of communications programs, goal setting and planning

Experience managing communications and marketing in a foundation or not-for-profit is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, including competencies that may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

Strong organizational skills

Experience with volunteer boards

A well–developed understanding and use of contemporary communications/marketing principles

Superior written, oral and technology skills

Excellent interpersonal and relationship–building skills

Highly productive and goal driven

Able to work independently in a multi–layered team environment fostering positive partnerships, teamwork and cooperation.

Superior expertise in researching, writing and/or editing written materials (e.g. speeches, presentations, press materials, talking points.)

Ability to develop, negotiate, manage and execute a variety of media appearances, events and conference presentations etc.

Compensation

Salary will be within a range appropriate for an organization of this size.  The benefits package includes comprehensive health insurance, including dental and a vacation and personal days off allowance.

Start Date

This position will be filled as soon as possible.  

Procedure for Application

Submit a resume and a brief cover letter describing interest, relevant qualifications and experience, in confidence, to La’Tonya Johnson (ljohnson@jackierobinson.org)