Director of Communications

Director of Communications
Organization Fairmount Park Conservancy
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 31, 2023

Organizational Overview:

Fairmount Park Conservancy brings parks to life. We work with the City of Philadelphia and its communities to steward our parks and nurture our shared environment, cultural resources, and public health.  We lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage investments, and develop innovative programs throughout the 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park, six other watershed parks, and more than 130 neighborhood parks and gardens around the city.

Position Overview:

The Director of Communications leads the organization’s overall communications, public relations, advocacy, and marketing efforts, ensures there is one cohesive voice across the many programs and projects, and directs the lifecycle of engagement and experience for Fairmount Park Conservancy stakeholders. This role is tasked with raising the profile of the Conservancy to create a wider base of support for our work. The ideal candidate must be highly skilled at working with multiple partners across various sectors and simultaneously leading numerous projects.

Responsibilities:

Overall Strategy and Management

  • Create and oversee the implementation of the communications plan for the organization at large as well as for each program and project
  • Design and implement comprehensive marketing strategies to create and grow awareness of the organization’s programs, projects, and services, to support the Conservancy’s development and fundraising efforts, and to enhance public perception and understanding of the Conservancy by a broad audience
  • Develop, refine, and prioritize the Conservancy’s “core” messages to ensure organizational consistency

Public Relations

  • Guide strategy on press outreach, including messaging in press releases, creation of press kits and materials, interview preparation, and responses to media requests
  • Promptly respond to media inquiries and publicity opportunities
  • Plan publicity strategies and campaigns
  • Organize and attend promotional events such as open houses, site visits, and tours
  • Produce presentations
  • Manage constituency engagement through surveys and other feedback channels

Brand Management

  • Serve as the brand director; ensuring all internal and outward facing communications, materials, and programs are within the brand standards of Fairmount Park Conservancy
  • Ensure that brand identity, messaging, and marketing and communications strategy are infused in all organizational efforts (programming, development, network support)
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual marketing and communications plan that includes social media, print and digital content, and email marketing
  • Work with external website design and development partner(s) on existing and new projects related to Fairmount Park Conservancy’s web and mobile presence

Content Strategy and Management

  • Lead the strategy for engaging digital content for Fairmount Park Conservancy’s website, social media, and email channels that leads to measurable action and successful fundraising
  • Oversee the development, design, distribution, and maintenance of high-quality print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to signage, annual reports, brochures, presentations, and newsletters

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, marketing and communications, or relevant field
  • 7+ years of communications experience, with experience in the non-profit sector preferred
  • Proven track record developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Self-starter who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Have an interest in and commitment to the mission of the Conservancy
  • Expect to work some weekends and evenings
  • Reliable access to transportation is required as FPC operates under a hybrid model and in-office work is required 2-3 days per week
  • Must have a valid driver’s license to operate FPC vehicles if necessary

Reporting and Management Duties:

This position reports to the Chief Communication & Community Affairs Officer and directly manages the Communications Manager and the Marketing & Branding Coordinator. The Director of Communications is also the primary Communications liaison with the communications team at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and other long–term partners including consultants for PR, videography, photography, and website needs.

Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $110,000. Additionally, Fairmount Park Conservancy offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision, as well as life, disability, and retirement benefits.

Anti-Discrimination Policy:

The Fairmount Park Conservancy does not discriminate based on ethnicity, race, gender, or sexual orientation and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

All employees at the Fairmount Park Conservancy must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful applicants will be required to show proof of vaccination. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for those with qualifying medical or religious exemptions.

To Apply:

Thank you for your interest in the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Please prepare a formal letter of interest, resume, and three work related references as either PDF or Word documents and submit at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d250369117dd488baa22a899d5c26268.

Please, no phone calls or mailed applications. Application deadline is January 31, 2023.

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