Communications Manager – Job Description

About Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
For 25 years, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) has helped our community to live compatibly with wildlife – by working collaboratively with landowners and public land managers to remove or improve fences, by empowering citizen naturalists to build our local knowledge base, and by acting to make roads safer for people and animals. Our grassroots, volunteer-supported model and hands-on approach reflects our belief that enduring conservation emerges from an engaged and committed community. Strategically, we are focused on preserving and improving the migration corridors that sustain wildlife and connect communities.

Summary of Main Responsibilities
The Communications Manager drives JHWF’s internal and external communications. The Communications Manager reports to the Executive Director, is a member of the organization’s management team, and is responsible for providing input that guides JHWF’s strategic actions. The Communications Manager connects JHWF with the public through visual and verbal storytelling, designs informative and creative communications pieces, delivers public presentations, and works to expand and diversify our support base. This position will help to establish and implement communications objectives; develop, edit and share content; and manage JHWF’s social and digital media tools. The right candidate will exhibit strong writing and interpersonal skills and will have the ability to interpret scientific concepts and conservation strategies for a varied audience. Possessing a good eye for visual presentation and design will also be a valuable characteristic demonstrated by the ideal candidate.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Content Creation and Public/Media Outreach
• Develop, curate and distribute content for annual print newsletter, monthly email campaigns, weekly blog, and timely videos.
• Design and prepare marketing collateral, press releases, reports, and presentations.
• Manage and organize digital assets.
• Develop engaging materials and tools to drive support for JHWF programs.
• Compose and emphasize key messages to be shared with staff, board and public.
• Design strategy for JHWF’s presence at external events and represent JHWF as needed.
• Serve as first point of contact at JHWF, via managing main phone and info@jhwildlife.org email account.
• Develop positive relationships with media and respond to media inquiries.
• Work with outside consultants and resources to place op-eds, stories and articles in a variety of publications.

Digital and Social Media
• Develop strategy and regularly publish/update web and social media content to support JHWF’s programs, activities and events.
• Maintain the JHWF’s website and blog.
• Maintain the JHWF’s social media channels; track and evaluate engagement to maximize reach. Utilize paid advertising opportunities as deemed appropriate.
• Monitor and constructively engage in relevant online conversations.
• Advise, train, and support staff on use of digital media tools.
• Ensure communications infrastructure is maintained, including server, website, etc.

Development and Organizational
• Contribute to long-term planning with management team and board to increase impact.
• Support JHWF development efforts by crafting donor and donor prospect communications, informational pieces and fundraising campaigns.
• Process donations, gift entry and bank deposits.
• Manage contacts database (Salesforce).
• Participate in programmatic work and contribute to organizational activities as needed.

Required Qualifications
• Minimum of two years of communications strategy and implementation experience including strong experience with digital media, social media, web design, publishing and partner relationship management tools.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field.
• Familiarity with wildlife conservation, wildlife management, large-landscape scale conservation and citizen science.
• Passionate about conservation, wildlife, volunteerism, connecting people to nature.
• Ability to work independently, set priorities and see projects through to completion.
• Ability to contribute positively within a collaborative team environment.
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
• Flexibility to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, work products and solutions to challenges.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience
• Experience working in a nonprofit or philanthropic organization (conservation/wildlife especially).
• Salesforce, WordPress, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop experience.

Compensation: salary, including benefits, based upon experience and skills.

Benefits include: Medical, dental, life and short-term disability insurance; paid sick leave, holidays and vacation.

To Apply: Please email a letter of interest and résumé with three references to: Kate@jhwildlife.org. For more information, visit: www.jhwildlife.org.

Application Deadline: June 24.

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