ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The mission of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) is to build stronger communities through philanthropy and leadership. We offer donors, nonprofits and community groups the tools and expertise to achieve their philanthropic vision and goals, and identify critical areas where the foundation can leverage its relationships and leadership for lasting impact. Founded in 1987 in Salisbury, Conn., Berkshire Taconic serves Berkshire County, Mass.; Columbia and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y.; and northwest Litchfield County, Conn. In all, we serve the residents of 70 towns and three cities across three states, within a 2,200-square mile region.

Like most community foundations, BTCF offers a variety of fund types that allow donors and community groups to build charitable resources and make grants and other awards over time to achieve their philanthropic goals. BTCF has also proactively established funds to address a specific issue in our region or to develop permanent charitable resources to serve a set of communities. This has resulted in the creation and growth of 11 area funds, 33 educational enrichment funds that serve every public school district in our region, and special initiatives to address regional challenges, such as the shortage of high-quality early childhood programs and affordable housing options.

In total, the foundation manages more than 550 funds totaling nearly $200 million in combined assets that together make over $10 million in grants and other awards each year. BTCF is a learning organization that embraces a culture of high performance, transparency and flexibility. All staff participate in professional development activities on an ongoing basis and work cooperatively as a team, respectful of one another, the volunteer board that guides our work, and the nonprofits and donors who are our vital partners in improving lives around the region.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation seeks a Communications Officer who shares BTCF’s vision of building stronger and more equitable communities. The ideal candidate sees communication as a means to elevate BTCF, increase understanding of and engagement in its work, and amplify the diverse voices who contribute to it. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Communications Officer has responsibility for key day-to-day aspects of the communications function at BTCF, with an emphasis on creating compelling content and facilitating print and digital communications.

POSITION OUTCOMES

The successful Communications Officer will achieve the following outcomes over time, working in partnership with the Director of Marketing and Communications and other departments:

  • Collaborative processes in place with colleagues to identify news, stories and other communications opportunities for sharing across platforms
  • An efficient and discerning use of platforms to continuously distribute news, stories and inspiration from BTCF to key audiences
  • Consistently well-conceived and engaging content for a variety of audiences

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Planning & General Support

  • In concert with the Director of Marketing and Communications, create an annual communications department work plan and budget. Implement the plan with attention to quality of work, successful management of multiple project timelines and collaborative approach
  • Create and manage editorial calendar to implement BTCF’s communications strategy through digital channels, print publications, media outreach, events, speaking engagements and other vehicles
  • Support colleagues as editor and proofreader, messaging and content developer, and brand steward

Digital

  • Maintain and improve BTCF website; generate compelling content and intuitive navigation throughout site; maintain consistent messaging and style; support planning and content development for blog articles; develop process for ongoing monitoring and refreshing of site, anticipating updates to content, photos, graphics, navigation and more
  • Draft and produce content for email communications: monthly newsletters, quarterly grant deadline roundups, quarterly statements, event invites, an annual report to the community and more; liaise with colleagues to develop distribution lists and maintain constituent contact information
  • Maintain social media channels with engaging content for target audiences
  • Provide support for tracking, analysis and reporting of performance of website, email and social media campaigns
  • Provide support in developing branded materials and events: webinars, registration pages, PowerPoint presentations, email signatures and more

Print

  • Support the development and production of BTCF’s print newsletter from concept to distribution, working collaboratively with staff to generate ideas; draft stories and plan for photography; liaise with colleagues to develop distribution lists and maintain constituent contact information; coordinate with print vendors
  • Help maintain BTCF collateral and identity materials
  • Assist the Philanthropic Services and Programs teams with special projects and events collateral

Press

  • Draft press releases; research media outlets and keep contacts and lists up to date; develop ideas for pitches; manage subscriptions; distribute releases to press; monitor and capture earned media; keep abreast of regional and philanthropic news

Photography/Video/Graphic Design

  • Coordinate with BTCF’s freelance photographer and videographer to plan shoot days around the region to capture work of grantees, donors and other partners
  • Support collaboration with BTCF’s freelance graphic designer to plan and manage projects; handle minor design projects or edits as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will have

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with keen eye for all details; experience writing for nonprofit donor audiences and for the media preferred
  • Demonstrated experience managing (and comfort learning new) digital platforms: websites, email marketing software, social media and other web environments (e.g., Zoom, Eventbrite)
  • Excellent problem solving, judgment and time management; ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team, as well as assume independent responsibilities
  • Commitment to confidentiality, high standards and professional development
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite; basic photography and video production skills desired
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Teams (or other collaborative platforms) and demonstrated skill in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)

B.A. degree with 3-5 years of experience in marketing, communications and/or public relations

COMPENSATION

Starting salary is $55,000, negotiable based on education and/or experience. Berkshire Taconic is an equal employment opportunity employer and offer competitive benefits including: a 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution; generous paid vacation and sick time; health, dental and life insurance; opportunities for professional development; and a hybrid work model.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit resume and cover letter to Controller Brenda Trierweiler.