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The Partnership for Better Health is seeking a Director of Communications & Development to lead the foundation’s public relations, marketing, and community fundraising. The director will assist the foundation with community outreach, media relations and our annual community fundraising campaign. The director will have a keen understanding of the relationship between communications and fundraising work and will lead the execution of the foundation’s community outreach. Reporting to the Executive Director, the director will serve as a thought leader, influencer and trusted expert on health communications and fundraising.

Strong candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Partnership for Better Health offers an attractive compensation and full benefits package, including competitive salary, paid time off, employee wellness, medical, dental and life insurances, and retirement benefits. At 32 hours a week, the position supports a healthy work/life balance. We are respectful of all people and the ways in which they identify across race, class, ability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age and other characteristics. This is a local/on-site leadership opportunity. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1.     Public Relations and Media Strategy:  Develop and implement an annual public relations/marketing plan for review by the board and staff. Serve as a liaison between foundation staff and media contacts. Develop press releases and recommend strategies to promote foundation activities to the general public and targeted audiences. Track and record news media coverage about the foundation and its partners. Use customer relationship management (CRM) software strategically to optimize engagement of online audiences. Regularly share relevant media articles with the community (via enewsletter, etc). Maintain electronic foundation media archive. Develop photo library by routinely securing and posting photographs of foundation and grantee activities. Adopt a health equity lens that prioritizes diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice across community outreach strategies.

2.     Communications Materials: Design, write and edit publications and related communications materials in line with the foundation’s annual public relations plan (including annual report, newsletters, enewsletters, email marketing, brochures, and health publications). Maintain a consistent brand image for organization. Develop culturally relevant content to engage a range of diverse and underrepresented communities. Curate and post regular content on the foundation’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter). Maintain, edit and update website. Plan and manage annual budget lines for communications and fundraising activities. 

3.     Fundraising: Lead the foundation’s annual community fundraising campaign: Match Madness. Cultivate meaningful relationships with grantees and donors. Build a strong case for support and craft fundraising solicitations and agreements, including planned gifts, grant requests and annual fund donations. Work with foundation staff and board to ensure donor stewardship and recognition. Establish and report annual goals for donor outreach and gift management. Actively inform a cycle of continuous improvement and a culture of learning among colleagues, volunteers, stakeholders and grantees.

4.     Special Events & Community Engagement: Lead the planning and hosting of special community events and related initiative activities, including our annual Champions for Better Health awards. Serve as a compelling spokesperson and thought leader in considering pathways to engage more people in the foundation’s health mission.

  • Identify and apply best practices in the fields of communications and fundraising to advance the foundation’s mission.
  • Cultivate positive working relationships with other community partners, press, fundraising staff and influencers in the region.
  • Develop pathways to give community residents a meaningful voice in the foundation’s work.
  • Lead the creation of foundation presentations (including PowerPoints, photo, and publication displays). Identify and recommend strategies to positively engage community members and volunteers in the foundation’s work. Represent the foundation at community events and/or assist in preparing related displays for other foundation staff and volunteers. Coordinate and convene committee and foundation meetings.
  • Advance inclusive and equitable volunteer recruitment strategies.
  • Directly engage in the foundation’s strategic planning efforts and strategic goals through leadership in staff, community, and board planning.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Strong knowledge of public relations, marketing, communications, and special events planning.
  2. Demonstrated success with fundraising and project management, with the ability to meet both short- and long-term fundraising goals. Grant writing experience is a plus.
  3. Excellent written communications skills, with attention to grammar, editing, and compelling prose.
  4. Strong listening skills, with an effective ability to tell the stories of others.
  5. Demonstrated social media and online design skills (e.g., Canva, Photoshop, Facebook, LinkedIn).
  6. Skilled in using CRM software. Experience managing and developing website content.
  7. Self-starter with the capacity to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse teams and community environments, with an emphasis on adaptability and inclusivity.
  8. Ability to multi-task, assess priorities and work efficiently under deadlines. Proactive initiative and sound judgment to bring new work to life. Get it done / can-do attitude.
  9. Creative entrepreneurial spirit. Apprised of new and emerging best practices in communications.
  10. High levels of diplomacy, candor, sound judgment, compassion, discretion, and friendly decorum when interacting with community volunteers, colleagues, consultants, local residents, and others.
  11. High standards of professionalism, commitment to excellence, and accountability in all aspects of the foundation’s work. Thoughtful interpersonal and volunteer engagement skills.
  12. Ability to contribute to an inclusive, positive, and respectful workplace. Goodwill to periodically assist with unexpected assignments to further the goals of the organization. Confident and comfortable team player willing to help with a wide range of tasks, both small and large.
  13. Experience working with nonprofit boards and committees is a plus.
  14. Proficient and adaptive in the use of new technologies. Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Google Suite, WordPress, social media, and contact relationship management.
  15. Enthusiasm for and genuine interest in the work and health mission of the foundation.
  16. Ability to occasionally lift 20 pounds to move records in the office and carry supplies for events.
  17. Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel locally and regionally. The position is in-person. 

The Partnership for Better Health is seeking a Director of Communications & Development to lead the foundation’s public relations, marketing, and community fundraising. The director will assist the foundation with community…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
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    September 21, 2022
  • Education
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    4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level
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    Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
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USD $60,000 - USD $67,000
/ year

Benefits

The Partnership for Better Health offers an attractive compensation and complete benefits package, including competitive salary, paid time off, employee wellness, medical, dental, and life insurance, and retirement benefits. At 32 hours a week, the position supports a healthy work/life balance. We are respectful of all people and the ways in which they identify across race, class, ability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and other characteristics. This is a local/on-site leadership opportunity. 

The Partnership for Better Health is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As a college town known for its rich cultural heritage, great restaurants, and vibrant business community, Carlisle won the 2021 All-America City award from the National Civic League, and the 2016 national competition to be named Strongest Town in America. Carlisle Borough Council has a Truth & Reconciliation Commission to address systemic racism and organizations are collaborating to improve racial and health equity (e.g., YWCA, Moving Circles, Hope Station, Victory Circle, and Carlisle Responders Network). Located just minutes from the Appalachian Trail, regional parks, lakes, and forestlands, our surrounding region has much to offer. Carlisle is 25 minutes from Harrisburg, two hours from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and three hours from New York City and Pittsburgh. As the fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania, Cumberland County enjoys a healthy economic climate.

The Partnership for Better Health offers an attractive compensation and complete benefits package, including competitive salary, paid time off, employee wellness, medical…

Location

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On-site
274 Wilson St, Carlisle, PA 17013, USA

How to Apply

Qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to email a cover letter, resume and three references to Casandra Jewell Sweeney (Cjewell@ForBetterHealthPA.org). The position will be open until filled, with interviews beginning to be scheduled after August 8. You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your resume within 3 days of submitting your application. If you do not receive it, please contact Casandra (717-960-9009 x 0). 

Qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to email a cover letter, resume and three references to Casandra Jewell Sweeney (Cjewell@ForBetterHealthPA.org…

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