Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) seeks candidates for our Communications Manager position. Applications will be reviewed starting June 30, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
Triangle Land Conservancy is one of the Southeast’s most successful and respected land trusts, having protected over 16,500 acres in the rapidly developing Triangle region of North Carolina. For 30 years, TLC has conserved land to safeguard water quality, to support family farms and the local food economy, to protect important natural areas, and to connect people with nature. TLC’s headquarters is in vibrant downtown Durham.
The Communications Manager is responsible for ensuring that TLC’s marketing, communications and public relations activities are tightly integrated and operating in support of our mission, fundraising efforts, and conservation programs. This position serves as the communications expert within the organization and works with the Director of Development to define the direction of TLC’s communications efforts to deepen ties with our members, increase membership, and build financial support for our work in the broader community.
The Communications Manager reports to the Director of Development, supervises communications interns and/or part time staff, and works closely with Conservation and Stewardship staff.
The Communications Manager develops creative marketing, communication, and public relations strategies to advance individual program initiatives and position TLC as a land trust leader in the fields of conservation, community building, natural resources stewardship, ecosystem services, and healthy, livable cities.
Communications Duties Include:
Branding and Marketing
• Developing innovative, competitive, and goal-oriented communications strategies and plans in support of the organization’s fundraising efforts that
• highlight TLC’s key achievements, historical legacy, and vision for the future
• Communicating a compelling vision and making the case for TLC’s importance and relevance
• via messaging, social media, and coalition relations
• Designing and developing media and project-specific campaigns that elevate TLC’s presence at the local, state, and national levels
Written Communications and Social Media
• Developing short- and long-term communications strategies for increasing TLC membership, engaging current members and increasing donations through print and social media
• Producing and managing electronic and print communications before publication to ensure consistent messaging
• Drafting and editing government, corporate, and foundation grant proposals and individual fundraising appeals in cooperation with management staff
• Engaging Conservation and Stewardship to showcase key programmatic issues via social media and print communications
• Utilizing the latest in social media to increase community involvement and to increase membership and donations
• Facilitating fresh, time-sensitive web content for TLC programming and news
• Creating media opportunities for TLC to highlight the relationship between vibrant cities and healthy lands
• Identifying trends, emerging opportunities, and upcoming challenges related to TLC’s mission to pitch to the media with media releases, stories, and news conferences
• Working with the Director of Conservation to translate complex environmental issues into understandable content for public outreach
• Engaging diverse community partners with inspirational, mission-driven messaging via e-mail and social media outlets
Other Areas of Responsibility and Expectations
• Maintaining a high level of professional conduct when faced with challenging or difficult situations with both partners and colleagues
• Supporting or leading the coordination of conferences, symposiums, member events, donor events, and public meetings
• Various duties as a key member of the development and communications team
Essential Experience, Technical Skills, and Competencies:
• BA/BS and 5+ years related experience preferred (e.g. journalism, communications, NGO communications experience)
• Exceptional writer and storyteller
• Competent, passionate, and current in effective utilization of print and social media to galvanize support
• Familiarity with the Triangle, land trusts, and/or conservation helpful
• Proficient using Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Constant Contact (or similar), Wordpress, and experience with other online communications tools
• Great communicator: You have excellent written and oral communication skills. You demonstrate poise, diplomacy, and tact when appropriate, but have a natural tendency toward sharing joy, inspiration, excitement, and passion.
• Detail and deadline-oriented: You are attentive to details, generally get it right the first time, but invite input from other staff. You are accountable.
• Engager: You are skilled at bringing people into a community and are skilled at making the case (emotionally, politically, economically, socially) for why a project is relevant to a community.
• Flexible and capable: You manage changing priorities with ease and get the job done. You take projects from start to finish and anticipate changes in schedules.
• Process-oriented: You are efficient with setting up and maintaining systems to create high quality work in collaboration with others.
• Go getter: You are mature, supportive, dependable, easily shift back and forth from working autonomously to working collaboratively, and desire to undertake new and varied projects and responsibilities.
• Team player: You actively support a culture where people encourage each other and work together to succeed and/or celebrate the successes of others. You ask for help when you need it and also pitch in to support others.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary in the $36,000 to $40,000 depending on experience, with excellent benefits
How to Apply:
Please send a single PDF with your cover letter, resume, list of three references, and one piece that you would like to highlight from your portfolio (writing or multimedia) with a two to three sentence description of why you chose to share this piece. If this last item is larger than 5 MB, please send a link to where we can find it online (e.g. Dropbox).
Email your application to email@example.com
Candidate applications will start to be reviewed on Monday, June 30, 2014. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled.
Triangle Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.
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