Madison Community Foundation - Communications Director

AFP SE WI Administrator
March 8, 2019


Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Communications Director advances the mission of Madison Community Foundation (MCF) by strategically communicating MCF’s brand and value proposition in a consistent and high profile manner. Vehicles for the distribution of these messages include, but are not limited to: electronic and print publications, website, social media, news media, events, and video. In carrying out these activities the Communications Director will work with other staff to develop key materials and messages for their constituencies, and secure design and other consultant expertise as needed.

Duties & Responsibilities:

50% time

  • Collaborate with Donor Engagement and Community Impact staff to identify, develop and communicate compelling stories that reflect MCF’s work
  • Produce annual report, electronic and print newsletters, and other MCF collateral
  • Build strong media relationships and engage media in MCF’s work
  • Strengthen MCF brand through consistent application across venues
  • Develop and implement an annual communications plan and budget, differentiating target audiences and creating content for each

40% time

  • Work with Donor Engagement staff to produce and update collateral for their constituencies
  • Manage staff blog
  • Represent MCF at community events
  • Identify appropriate metrics to determine effectiveness of efforts
  • Provide Community Impact grant recipients with ideas to promote their grants
  • Build MCF social media presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Develop and maintain MCF website; build Internet presence 10% time
  • Ensure MCF signature events deliver brand and key messages effectively
  • Educate board, staff and community leaders on the unique value / brand of MCF
  • Maintain/update MCF photo gallery and print and online archives
  • Develop and place print and electronic media advertising
  • Effectively deploy budget resources
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills; ability to develop and tell compelling stories
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Office, web content management, social media platforms & desktop publishing
  • Strong work ethic / ethical compass / ability to maintain confidentiality

Education and/or Experience

Undergraduate degree required. A minimum of five years of experience in communications, journalism, marketing or related field.

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Madison Community Foundation Communications Director Candidate Profile

Madison Community Foundation (MCF) was founded in 1942. Its mission is to enhance the common good through philanthropy, and it employs the values of integrity, generosity, effectiveness and permanence while implementing this mission.

MCF has a binary focus – working with donors to connect them to the causes they care about most; and working with nonprofits to utilize grant funding in effective and efficient ways. MCF’s five grant-making focus areas include: arts, environment, learning, nonprofit capacity building and community development. Our mission demands that we listen to donors and respond to opportunities to enhance our community’s assets and address its challenges. And as the demographics that comprise this region change, so too is the composition of MCF’s board, staff and committees. MCF is proactive, intentional and unceasing in its efforts to be more diverse, inclusive and equitable.

MCF is currently seeking a Communications Director. This position is responsible for advancing the mission of MCF by strategically communicating its brand and value proposition in a consistent and high-profile manner through a variety of communications vehicles.

The ideal candidate will be able to work with other MCF staff to communicate relatively complex ideas (in grant-making, fund development and investments) in simple, compelling terms. This requires excellent written and verbal communications skills; working knowledge of the unique aspects of brand management, marketing and communications; the ability to develop and tell stories; and strong planning, organization and project management skills. Proficiencies in MS Office, web content management, social media platforms and desktop publishing are a must.

While other MCF staff help on various initiatives, there are currently no other permanent staff dedicated to this department; which reinforces the need for the ideal candidate to excel at self- management and working across teams. There may occasionally be interns to add some capacity.

Personal attributes that are fundamental to the role include: creativity, humility, strong work ethic, strong ethical compass, an ability and willingness to engage with people of varying ethnicities, backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels, and a warm collegial style.

An Undergraduate degree is required. A minimum of five years of experience in communications, journalism, marketing or related field.

This individual will report to the President and work closely with all departments. Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to by April 12th, 2019.

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