Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Seeks Communications Officer

March 3, 2011

THE MARY REYNOLDS BABCOCK FOUNDATION seeks a values-driven Communications Officer with at least five years experience and a passion for economic and social justice to fill a new position. A key goal of the Foundation is to increase investment in and visibility and impact of nonprofits in the Southeastern US that are helping people and places move out of poverty. This is an exciting professional opportunity in a progressive and innovative organization to work closely with the Executive Director and Program Team to create the Foundation’s communications strategy, policies and activities for accomplishing this goal.

WE SEEK A COLLEAGUE WITH SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE TO HELP US BUILD FROM THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:

  • Our focus is on increasing investment and impact on moving people and places out of poverty, not on promoting the Babcock Foundation. The communications function is integrated into the Foundation’s Program Team and annual program goals. Our primary audiences are investors, policy makers and practitioners who are, or could be, working to reduce poverty in the Southeastern US.
  • Partnerships with grantees and other foundations are our preferred way of doing business. We also seek partners for shared communications goals and strategies.
  • We believe communication is a live, two-way encounter; therefore, relationships are at the core of effective communications.

Each year, the Babcock Foundation makes between $6 million and $7 million in grants to local, statewide and regional nonprofits in the Southeastern US that have established track records of helping low-income people build assets and transform economic conditions in their communities. In addition to grantmaking, the Foundation also provides Program Related Investments (PRIs) to achieve its objectives, as well as supporting organizational development and capacity building opportunities for its grantees.

The Babcock Foundation is based in Winston-Salem, N.C., an attractive community in the mid-Atlantic region. For more information on the Babcock Foundation, go to www.mrbf.org.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Is APRIL 8, 2011 or until position is filled.
Please electronically submit a resume and letter of application to Leslie White, administrative secretary, at lwhite@mrbf.org. Letter should describe applicant’s experience and skills relevant to the following position description. We look forward to
receiving applications from a diverse pool of candidates. The Babcock Foundation is an Equal OpportunityEmployer committed to maintaining a diverse staff.

The Babcock Foundation offers competitive salary and benefits based on individual experience.

MARY REYNOLDS BABCOCK FOUNDATION
Communications Officer
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Winston-Salem, NC
The Communications Officer is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating communications strategies that support fulfillment of Babcock Foundation values, mission and goals. The Communications Officer will be a member of the Foundation’s Program Team, providing communications expertise to accomplish team goals. He/she will report to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES

  • Develop understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the Southeastern US as it relates to moving people and places out of poverty, including the Foundation’s current and historic investments in the region
  • Working closely with staff and board, guide the development of communications strategies and policies consistent with the Foundation’s values and long-term goals
  • Develop, implement and evaluate an annual communications plan to support the work of the Foundation and grantees, in collaboration with the Program Team
  • Plan, prepare and oversee the production of Foundation communications using a broad range of communications tools, including the Foundation’s website and new media
  • Write and edit Foundation communications, including stories on grantee impact; website and social media content; speeches, presentations and talking points; articles and reports,
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends in strategic uses of communications and new media; ensure that the Foundation’s communications strategy and practices are suitably adapted
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships with media and news organizations covering the Foundation and its grantees
  • Maintain effective and efficient administrative systems for supporting communications, including a system for tracking the impact of communications activities toward annual and long-term program goals

WORK COLLABORATIVELY AS A MEMBER OF THE PROGRAM TEAM

  • Help Program staff and grantees build their capacities for employing strategic communications to build and maintain relationships, advance public discussion about moving people out of poverty, and create systemic change in thinking, practice and policy
  • With Executive Director and Program Officers, develop and sustain a network of partnerships with grantees, foundations and others to achieve shared communications goals
  • Understand and use the Foundation’s outcomes tracking system as a source of stories on grantee impact and lessons learned
  • Participate as a thought partner to help develop, support and enhance programmatic work
  • Contribute to a transparent organizational culture where ethical policies are practiced.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree required (communications, journalism, public relations, public affairs or related discipline preferred)
  • At least five years of increasingly responsible work experience in a communications-related field (communications experience with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations a plus)
  • Commitment to, and passion for, Babcock Foundation mission and values
  • Knowledge of the Southeastern US
  • Direct experience with nonprofits related to the Foundation’s mission
  • Experience planning and implementing communications strategy, including partnerships with shared communications goals
  • Experience with website creation, management, content development and technology; familiarity with Web 2.0 and social media, electronic publications, blogs, and communications tools to advance the Foundation’s communications goals
  • Experience in media relations and working with print, radio, television, and on-line media outlets
  • Proven ability to develop and use project management systems to coordinate and complete projects on time, within budget, all focused on goal accomplishment
  • Demonstrated capacity to collaborate successfully with staff, consultants, vendors, and external partners
  • Proven track record of working independently and exhibiting mature judgment within a team-oriented environment
  • Excellent writing, interviewing and editing skills; a demonstrated ability to tell compelling stories and translate complex concepts and practices into easily understandable language
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent technology and software skills, including proficiency with MS Office

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