COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Who We Are

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

We strongly believe that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work.

Position Overview – What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the Communications Associate will develop and implement a wide range of communication strategies to extend the de Beaumont Foundation’s reach, influence, and impact. The ideal candidate will have experience in nonprofit communications and agency communications and be able to juggle multiple priorities, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and add value to all types of communications.

The communications team sets the strategic direction of the foundation in broadening its reach and increasing the awareness and impact of its programs and partners. The foundation is at an exciting point in its history with a lot of potential for continued growth, including a refreshed brand, a new website, and significant growth in web and social media engagement. The communications associate will play a key role in supporting the foundation’s growing portfolio of programs intended to advance policy, build partnerships, and support public health systems to improve health at the community level.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Writing: Write, edit, and proofread print and digital content, including but not limited to website content, blog posts, reports, fact sheets, program overviews, and media materials.
  • Website/Social Media: Help lead content strategy and engagement for the de Beaumont website and social media channels. Develop and implement editorial calendar; post and update content on deBeaumont.org; and track and report on analytics on traffic, engagement, referrals, popular content, etc.
  • Media Relations: Create outreach plans to garner earned media, including targeted media lists, story angles, and supporting media materials.
  • Paid Advertising/Marketing: Contribute to strategic planning for paid campaigns to improve engagement, improve SEO results, drive web traffic, and promote programs to target audiences. Create content for advertising and marketing campaigns.
  • Project Management: Develop and implement editorial calendars for web and social media content. Oversee vendors and consultants, including communications agencies, digital consultants, website developers, photographers, videographers, and others.
  • Creative Development and Technical Tasks: Create or work with designers to create graphics for print, web, and social media. Oversee the foundation’s branding guidelines (logo, color, fonts, etc.).

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least five years of experience in strategic communications, preferably including nonprofit communications such advocacy or fundraising.
  • Agency experience preferred.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Ability to translate complex subject matter for a general audience.
  • Experience developing and implementing editorial plans, including social media content.
  • Comfort and hands-on experience with digital systems and tools.
  • Familiarity with the following tools and systems is not required but is a plus: WordPress, Google Analytics, Constant Contact, Photoshop or other photo-editing software, project management systems, and advertising (Google Adwords, SEO, social media marketing).
  • The Communications Associate will not be required to have professional design expertise, but should have familiarity and comfort doing basic design tasks such as:
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations using existing templates
  • Formatting e-newsletter in Constant Contact
  • Selecting, cropping, and resizing photos
  • Uploading videos and images to social media channels
  • Trouble-shooting and fixing broken links, web content that doesn’t display properly, etc.

Personal Qualities/Attributes

  • Detail-oriented. Enthusiastic about grammar and spelling. You take pride in being the final set of eyes for reports, newsletters, digital content, and other communications.
  • Hands-on. You are strategic and contribute ideas, but are also willing and eager to lead execution (creating media lists, fact-checking, updating web content, compiling reports on communication results, photo research and editing, etc.).
  • Mission-driven. You want to make a difference and have experience in advocacy and cause-driven communications.

Application Information

The de Beaumont team is collaborative, passionate, and deeply committed to creating bold solutions for healthier communities. This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, Md, just outside of Washington, D.C. Moderate travel is required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. The salary range is $75,000 to $80,000 depending on experience. The Foundation also offers excellent benefits and a collegial work environment.

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Mark Miller at miller@debeaumont.org. Candidates moved into the interview process will be asked to complete a writing exercise.

The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

 

 

Publication date: July 3, 2019