Job Description: Communications Director
The vision of the Heartland Workers Center’s (HWC) is to build a community that works for all. We work toward this vision by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through legal information sharing, training, and organizing.
Reporting to Senior Leadership, the Communications Director will help the Heartland Workers Center (HWC) continue to grow by supporting the development and implementation of our communications, project evaluation, and fundraising efforts. This position will develop, oversee, and evaluate strategy, write communications and fundraising materials, support the implementation of our reporting tools, and lead collaborative initiatives. The Communications Director must have strong written and verbal communication skills, a strong track record of supporting successful fundraising efforts, and the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
1. Overseeing and managing HWC webpage and social media sites.
2. Implementing and developing a Communications & Public Affairs Policy.
3. Developing annual communications plan.
4. Creating the HWC’s Annual Report.
5. Work with Senior Leadership and Board of Directors to implement strategic plan.
6. Develop tracking mechanisms for program outcomes/successes, which can then be shared internally and externally as needed; train staff on using them.
7. Develop innovative strategies to engage with current and new donors, increasing HWC fundraising efforts.
1. Take a lead role in developing messaging strategies and creative content.
2. Advise HWC staff on branding, messaging, and media relations.
3. Coordinate internal and external communications across all platforms to ensure effective targeting and maximum engagement with intended audiences.
4. Develop strong relationships with media leaders and outlets in Omaha and rural Nebraska.
5. Generate public statements, press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and other documents as needed.
6. Write and design flyers, newsletters, digital content for website and emails, and other content targeted toward HWC audiences.
7. Oversee other staff assigned to assist HWC communications.
8. Recruit and help manage volunteers and consultants to support communications, evaluation, and fundraising needs.
9. Build and maintain strong and trusting relationships with stakeholders.
10. All other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
1. Strong passion for and commitment to the mission of the HWC; demonstrated interest in social justice.
2. Three to five years of professional experience in communications and fundraising.
3. Success with creating and implementing communications, reporting, and fundraising strategies that delivered desired results.
4. Excellent creative writing, editing, and public speaking skills. Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish preferred.
5. Experience working with technical or data-related communications preferred.
6. Strong track record of taking initiative while working within a team environment.
7. Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal guidance and deliver high-quality outcomes.
8. Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work with demographically and ideologically diverse stakeholders.
9. Highly organized, superb attention to detail, and timely follow-through skills.
10. Able to create a program of work and establish metrics to track results.
11. Able to work flexible hours including early mornings, evenings, and weekends when necessary.
12. Willingness to learn new skills.
13. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe, HTML, and Social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
14. Regular local travel and limited out-of-town travel.
15. Requires valid driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation.
1. Bachelor’s degree in communication Journalism, English, Communications, Marketing, or other related field.
2. Education may be supplemented for extensive communications experience and success.
This full-time exempt position provides a very competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and education and includes benefits (paid sick and vacation time; health, vision, and dental insurance and 403b plan) as defined in the Heartland Workers Center Personnel Handbook.