Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
131 Washington Street, Suite 210
Providence, RI 02903
TITLE: Development and Communications Manager
HOURS: Full-time – 35 hours / week
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities inspires public engagement with culture, history, and civic life. Through grantmaking, collaborative platforms, and statewide reading programs, the Council supports projects in every part of the state, empowering organizations to connect their visions and community priorities with people who can provide expertise and additional resources. Over 40 years, the Council has supported more than 1,600 projects that have reached millions of people. As the state’s independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council advances broad national goals as well as state initiatives to propel economic and cultural development. The Council is now expanding its capacity to attract additional private support for the public humanities and to build public-private partnerships.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications and Development Manager has overall responsibility for the strategic management and implementation of communications and fundraising programs of the Council.
In consultation with the Development Committee and the Executive Director, the Communications and Development Manager will plan and implement a comprehensive fundraising program and produce and disseminate a variety of marketing, communications, and advocacy materials.
This position includes managing key relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and staff to accomplish goals. It requires a high level of collaboration and integration with the Council’s work. The Communications and Development Manager will represent the Council at events and meetings and communicate the needs and priorities of the Council and opportunities for support.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Management of fundraising program, in coordination with Council staff and board.
• Philanthropy research and analysis, including of donors and funding opportunities.
• Writing and editing of cases for support
• Staffing of Council’s Development Committee.
• Implementation of events/activities to increase awareness of the Council.
• Writing, producing, and distributing communications pieces in coordination with Council staff and consultants across multiple media platforms, including press releases, e-newsletter, and other announcements, and to various constituencies, including state and national legislators and policy makers.
• Management of the Council’s social media and online presence.
• Maintenance of the Council’s website, including regular updates.
The successful candidate will be familiar with approaches to identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors and will have excellent written and oral communication skills. Preferably, the candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two to three years of public humanities, fundraising, communications and/or public relations experience.
Specific competencies and qualities include:
• Telling compelling and articulate stories as part of a case for support.
• Personal and professional integrity as well as sound judgment.
• Networking, forging, and maintaining relationships.
• Strategic thinking connected to realistic planning.
• Balancing priorities.
• Follow through.
• Collaboration and team orientation.
• Passion for and commitment to the humanities.
• Proficiency in Photoshop, e-newsletter applications (Constant Contact and MailChimp), WordPress, and databases (eTapestry and FileMaker).
• Preferably, experience with a Mac environment.
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is committed to workplace diversity. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is based on qualifications and experience, and benefits are available. Because the Council has a small, ambitious staff, there are many opportunities for cross-training and teamwork. The Council also offers professional development.
Please send resume and cover letter via email attachment by Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to Carole Ann Penney, Associate Director of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.