Communications OFFICER

About Us

The mission of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is to strengthen communities through philanthropy and leadership. We offer donors, nonprofits and community groups the tools and expertise to achieve their philanthropic vision and goals, and identify critical areas where the foundation can leverage its relationships and leadership for lasting impact. Founded in 1987 in Salisbury, Connecticut, Berkshire Taconic serves Berkshire County, Mass.; Columbia and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, Conn. In all, we serve the residents of 70 towns and three cities across three states, within a 2,200-square mile region. 

Like most community foundations, Berkshire Taconic offers a variety of fund types that allow donors and community groups to build charitable resources and make grants and other awards over time to achieve their philanthropic goals. BTCF has also proactively established funds to address a specific issue in our region or to develop permanent charitable resources to serve a set of communities. This has resulted in the creation and growth of 11 area funds, 33 educational enrichment funds that serve every public school district in our region, and special initiatives to address regional challenges, such as the shortage of high-quality early childhood programs and affordable housing options. 

In total, the foundation manages more than 550 funds with a combined $135 million in assets that together make over $8 million in grants and other awards each year. BTCF is a learning organization that embraces a culture of high performance, transparency and flexibility. All staff participate in professional development activities on an ongoing basis and work cooperatively as a team, respectful of one another, the volunteer board that guides our work, and the nonprofits and donors who are our vital partners in improving lives around the region. More information can be found at www.berkshiretaconic.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Officer helps facilitate communications, public relations and marketing for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, with an emphasis on managing digital media and supporting donor communications. S/he serves as the foundation’s webmaster, leads digital and social media efforts, and helps develop and produce public relations and marketing materials. The Communications Officer also works in close collaboration with the Programs and Philanthropic Services teams to advance the foundation’s strategic initiatives. In this role, s/he serves as a strategist and content developer for emerging and ongoing projects for area funds, competitive grantmaking programs, the annual scholarship program and targeted donor communications.

POSITION OUTCOMES

The successful Communications Officer will achieve the following outcomes over time, working in partnership with the Communications Director and other departments:

  • An efficient and effective use of existing platforms to create and distribute news and information from the foundation 
  • A set of communications strategies that support the increasing alignment between the foundation’s strategic priorities and grantmaking through area funds and other competitive grant programs
  • An enhanced donor communications program with new communications tools for donor audiences, including content related to the community assessment and strategic planning processes currently  underway at the foundation

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In concert with the Communications Director, create an annual communications work plan and budget. Implement the plan with attention to quality of work, successful management of multiple project timelines and collaborative approach
  • Increase and improve use of website and other digital platforms, creating best practices for disseminating information, reaching target audiences, meeting users’ needs and maintaining consistent messaging
  • Support development and production of foundation’s core marketing materials (two annual print publications, quarterly e-newsletters, fund brochures, etc.) from concept to distribution, working with staff and vendors as assigned
  • Support development and implementation of media relations strategy: draft and distribute approximately 8-10 press releases per quarter; research media outlets, and build and strengthen media relationships; keep abreast of philanthropic and regional news; pitch story ideas; manage subscriptions and monitor coverage
  • Work with the three Community Engagement Officers to develop strategy and content for expanded donor communications, including stewardship reporting; communications activities for competitive grants, scholarship and enrichment funds; and content for the donor portal (DonorCentral)
  • Work directly with donors and grantees to document activities through high-quality stories and photography; when necessary, serve as photographer for grant-related events and projects
  • Assist the Philanthropic Services and Programs teams with special projects (e.g., developing print materials and event collateral)
  • Serve as liaison to a variety of vendors (printers, graphic designers, photographers, web vendors) and membership organizations, providing support for booking, scheduling and payments 
  • Provide support for tracking, analysis and reporting of performance of website, media outreach, and email and social campaigns

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, with extreme attention to detail; experience writing for donor audiences and for the media preferred
  • Demonstrated experience managing (and comfort learning new) digital and social platforms: websites, email marketing software, social media and other web environments
  • Excellent problem-solving, project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team, as well as assume independent responsibilities
  • Excellent judgment; ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously
  • Commitment to confidentiality, high standards and professional development
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) and basic photography a plus

Compensation
Based on experience and skills. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave and contribution to 403(b) plan.

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to hr@berkshiretaconic.org. No calls please.