Job Opening: Communications Manager – Washington, DC

Job Description

UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the largest scholarship granting and advocacy organization in the United States for students of color, is seeking a seasoned marketing, communications and media professional who is grounded in traditional public relation principles, proficient in digital media, experienced with pitching stories and promoting events through earned media and has a proven track record of engaging a diverse array of media outlets. This person should possess strong oral, written, storytelling, digital and media relations skills and a solid list of national media contacts. In addition, s/he must be a self-starter, demonstrated team-player and project manager with experience and a passion for education.

This individual will work within the Branding, Marketing and Communications department and directly with the local office development staff and special events teams.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinating media outreach efforts and providing media outreach support to local offices
  • Preparing event briefing documents
  • Pitching stories for earned media and facilitating media interviews
  • Developing and implementing local market strategies
  • Amplifying the work of the local offices
  • Promoting and spreading the word about UNCF events
  • Drafting and distributing media advisories, press releases and post releases
  • Developing key messaging and tool-kits for local offices
  • Conducting research as needed
  • Developing relationships with national, regional and local media
  • Staffing UNCF events
  • Preparing and assembling press kits
  • Developing content for website, social media, newsletters, e-marketing campaigns, presentations
  • Monitoring traditional media coverage around local markets
  • Serving as a thought leader around local UNCF markets

Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate is a collaborative individual with 5-10 years of experience working in the fields of traditional social media, communications, journalism, media and/or public relations. S/he will be comfortable dealing with the ambiguity associated with strategic implementation and should also have the following qualifications:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage own time effectively
  • Interest in and understanding of the broader media landscape, with passionate ideas about what defines strong content
  • Strong oral, written and storytelling communications skills
  • Strategic thinking skills, with the ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to manage and execute highly complex or specialized projects or processes
  • Previous experience as a communications manager for a similar organization would be a strong advantage
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or relevant master’s degree would also be an advantage

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