Director of Communications
Company: First Place for Youth
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Want to make a difference? Want to help support young adults in
getting access to resources they need to be self-sustaining? Have
experience in communications, social media, and marketing? Then
come work for First Place for Youth!ABOUT USFirst Place for Youth
is the largest provider of housing and comprehensive services for
transition-age foster youth in the state of California. We're
giving young people the tools, support, and opportunities they need
to take control of their own lives and create the futures they
want. We've built a 20+ year record of success, measured not just
by the number of youth who walk through our doors, but by the
outcomes they achieve.POSITION SUMMARYThe Director of
Communications will partner with First Place leaders to build the
reach and recognition for First Place for Youth to be viewed as the
pre-eminent extended foster care provider and thought partner in
the U.S. This strategic role will elevate the First Place brand and
shape key messages that help staff and board build and cultivate
relationships and awareness among key constituencies, including
funders, policymakers, potential partners, media and internal
stakeholders. Working closely with the leadership team, the
director will partner on initiatives aimed at building capacity for
extended foster care among providers, policymakers and other
thought leaders. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer and
managing the Communications Associate, the Director of
Communications will set and guide a coherent brand strategy, and
manage digital and printed materials, events, and public relations
that consistently articulate First Place for Youth's mission,
programs, services, and activities.BENEFITS
- Full-time position
- 15 days of vacation time in year one
- 12 days of sick time
- 2 flexible holidays
- 13 paid holidays
- Paid sabbatical
- Paid maternity and paternity leave
- Employee's choice of Kaiser or UCH HMO/PPO
- Up to 90% of premium covered by First Place
- Delta Dental Premium PPO
- VSP Vision
- Retirement opportunitiesESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Evaluate current communications procedures to develop and
implement annual communications plans in concert with key
departmental, organizational and fundraising strategies. Lead
content strategy to systematically engage key audiences. Decide to
whom, what, where, and when to disseminate.
- Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of print
and electronic collateral including, but not limited to,
newsletters, annual reports, research and policy briefs, online
appeals, blog posts, brochures, and First Place for Youth's
- Manage public relations strategy including updating the key
press target list, cultivating media contacts and building a
speaker's bureau that spotlights First Place subject matter experts
for speaking engagements and content opportunities such as Opinion
Editorials, contributed editorial content and press releases.
- Mentor and manage a Communications Associate responsible for
raising awareness of FPFY strategic initiatives and outcomes with
social media, E-news, blog, internal communications, and website
updates, content, analytics as well as event logistics.
- Assure strategic and logistics management for donor events
including house parties, annual donor luncheons, small career and
resume chats, webinars, virtual events and more.
- You can paint a picture with words. You are a master at using
simple language and graphics to convey complex data for coherent,
resonant and actionable messaging online, in printed material and
in outreach to the press and the public.
- You enjoy working in data-informed organizations and conveying
the numbers that best showcase the need and outcomes for your
- You are a highly collaborative relationship builder with the
experience, flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence" and an
entrepreneurial self-starter, who enjoys implementing new
initiatives and can work independently to lead communications
strategies for key initiatives.
- You are an experienced leader and can roll up your sleeves to
get the work done at any level, with the ability to serve as a
unifying force and to position brand and communications discussions
at strategic and tactical levels.ABOUT YOU
- Bachelor's degree required.
- At least seven years of communications experience, including
website content, events newsletters, and donor communications.
Previous experience will demonstrate the ability to write and
convey complex data and information in simple terms. Expertise in
identifying and growing target audiences by optimizing distribution
channels is critical. You can share work samples showing how you
translated industry terminology for lay audiences.
- Experience managing virtual and live events: including
webinars, small virtual events, house parties, luncheons, and
galas-including speaker prep, vendors, logistics, strategy, guest
experience, and collateral.
- Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and presentation
skills, Communicates clearly and effectively with co-workers,
supervisors, and youth. Must be able to comprehend, follow, and
clearly convey instructions to others.
- Highly organized with superior attention to detail and project
- Computer Skills-Proficiency with Office 2010 applications
including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Project, and
Outlook required. Experience with performance management systems
preferred. Previous experience working in WordPress, MS PowerPoint
and SharePoint, Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, Hootsuite, and
Facebook business manager interfaces preferred.
- Must be able to work on a computer for up to 40 hours per week.
This hybrid role includes some work from home and some time in the
office as well as some work at night and on weekends as
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Committed to First Place for
Youth's dedication to thread accountability across all efforts to
support and sustain a racially equitable organization. Demonstrate
a passion for advancing organizational DEI objectives and
influencing others to approach all work with an equity lens.
Promote processes and communication that encourage organizational
cultural competence and inclusion.If First Place for Youth is the
organization you are looking for then apply today! Our team will be
excited to meet you. Review the attached job description for
position details. PI202060816
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