Communications Specialist

About The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty. In 2022, the Foundation expects to provide approximately $150 million in total grant activity supporting nonprofits that provide direct services in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, and Community Services. Grants support organizations that serve a range of populations, including older adults, women at risk and their children, people with disabilities, and veterans, as well as the Jewish community.

The Foundation administers the majority of its funding in its priority communities: Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaiʻi, Israel, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco. This includes supporting nonprofits serving federally designated rural areas within, or adjacent to, these priority communities. All of these locations represent personal ties to the life and legacy of Harry Weinberg, as well as communities where Weinberg Foundation trustees reside and provide leadership. Since 1990, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $2.7 billion.

Position Summary

The Communications team works to advance the Foundation’s mission by developing compelling content and materials; organizing events with community leaders, partners, and other key stakeholders; cultivating media relationships; and engaging audiences online. The communications specialist will help execute strategies to these ends, working closely with a small and dynamic team and colleagues across the Foundation.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Create content for print and online products and events, performing research, verifying information, and reinforcing the Foundation’s editorial and visual style and standards.
  • Edit print and online content, including web content, media releases, e-newsletters, and other external and internal communications for Foundation events, projects, grants, or grantees.
  • Support planning for major projects and events.
  • Help develop and distribute Foundation e-newsletters.
  • Conduct media outreach, monitoring, and management, including scheduling of releases through media platforms and direct contact with outlets/journalists, as well as media database maintenance.
  • Develop content for the Foundation’s social media platforms as directed by the communications manager.
  • Update Foundation’s online grant search tool, including developing grant descriptions as directed by the communications manager.
  • Assist with videography and photography projects.
  • Assist with event planning, preparation, and execution as directed by the events and special projects manager.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years of full-time professional communications or journalism experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 products and Acrobat Pro. Video-editing skills a plus.
  • Communications experience working in the social sector, nonprofits, or government agencies preferred.
  • Experience meeting goals amid competing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and experience writing for print and online products.
  • Ability to synthesize and transform complex, sometimes jargon-heavy information into concise, clear, and compelling materials and presentations.
  • Familiarity with The Associated Press Stylebook.
  • Ability to think quickly with demonstrated problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, collaborate effectively with people who have diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and guide the work of vendors.

The Weinberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It embraces workforce diversity and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The Foundation encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a confidential resume and cover letter, along with salary range requirements, to jobs+cs@hjweinberg.org. If the Foundation is interested in speaking with you, expect to be contacted within 30 days of submission. Finalist candidates for this position will be expected to answer questions by email, participate in multiple interviews, provide strong current references, complete writing samples and a possible writing and/or skills test, and authorize a full background check. Please refrain from phone follow-ups. Thank you.

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