DuPage Foundation
  • 27-Dec-2019 to 25-Jan-2020 (CST)
  • Downers Grove, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Do you have a strong background in communications?  Are you seeking a position where your work will advance the strategic direction of a philanthropic leader in Illinois' second largest county?  This is an opportunity where your efforts will make a difference in fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships.  The DuPage foundation offers a collaborative work environment and strong support from its Board of Directors.

The DuPage Foundation is seeking a Director of Communications who will be responsible for advancing the strategic direction of the DuPage Foundation's marketing initiatives and management of the organization's brand.  Reporting to the President and CEO, this position will increase public awareness and build the Foundation's position through strategic communications to donors, potential donors, professional advisors, non-for-profit partners, community leaders, and the media.  Additionally this role will be responsible for the development and oversight of a broad range of marketing activities that will drive awareness and engagement of the Foundation through various media channels.

The DuPage Foundation, conveniently located in Downers Grove, IL, is DuPage County's philanthropic leader.  We help area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals and provide impactful support to our community's not-for-profits.  In addition, we foster key partnerships to address critical issues affecting our community to help raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County.  For additional information regarding our organization, please visit us at www.dupagefoundation.org.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive strategic marketing plan and budget
  • Raise awareness of the Foundation's activities and services through a variety of print, media and digital formats; media relations; advertising; and event marketing
  • Write, design, proofread and distribute print and electronic collateral including annual reports, newsletters, direct mailings, presentation decks and e-blasts
  • Collaborate with graphic designers and print vendors to refresh a wide variety of traditional and digital media including advertisements, banners, social media, business cards and presentations
  • Measure the effectiveness of all marketing initiatives and collaborate accordingly
  • Evangelize and govern the Foundation's brand standards and ensure that the identity of the brand remains relevant and fresh
  • Cultivate relationships with media contacts and secure speaking engagements for staff and volunteer leaders, positioning them as community experts
  • Create and maintain robust libraries of donor and grantee stories, photos, videos and press releases
  • Work with the leadership team to determine and execute marketing needs for key initiatives including Arts DuPage, Bright & Early DuPage and the Next Generation Initiative
  • Serve as primary staff liaison for the Marketing Committee

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing or related field
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience with demonstrated success in designing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns
  • Not-for-profit experience preferred
  • Persuasive writer and storyteller
  • A digital native with professional experience across the technology landscape including proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, social media listening, content development and data analysis
  • Highly organized, creative and self-motivated with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to build trusted relationships and be an effective ambassador for the Foundation among diverse constituent groups
  • Can work additional hours beyond regular business hours
  • Knowledge of the DuPage County community and philanthropic landscape a plus

 

The DuPage Foundation Offers:

In support of our amazing staff, we offer an excellent benefit package which includes medical, short-term/long-term disability, a 403(b) with matching up to 5%, life insurance and more!

To apply, forward resume with cover letter by clicking the apply button.

DuPage Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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