Date Posted: January 4, 2018
Deadline: January 22, 2018
The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is a chamber of commerce for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied community. The Mission of GSBA is to combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and those who support equality for all. In addition to business development, GSBA is committed to strengthen community, advocate for small business and equality, increase tourism through our tourism initiative, Travel Out Seattle; and invest in the next generation of leaders through our Scholarship Fund.
Description of Position
We are looking for a Director of Communications who has a passion for our mission and exceptional writing skills, the ability to think critically, problem-solve, and execute with speed. The Director of Communications will be the organization’s lead on developing and executing an integrated, creative and results-oriented communications strategy for GSBA that will enhance awareness of the organization’s value proposition and increase member engagement.
The Director of Communications serves as a content creator, flexible and persuasive writer, frontline copyeditor, and proofreader for several communications channels. This is an incredibly fun and fast-paced job for a creative, energetic, and dynamic person who wants to use their skills and passion for small business, equality and education to benefit the LGBTQ community.
This position works closely with all staff and leadership volunteers to advance our programmatic, public policy, communications, public relations and fundraising goals. This position is based in Seattle and reports to the CEO. GSBA and the GSBA Scholarship Fund have a $2.5 million operating budget with 13 full-time employees. It is governed by a 30 member Board of Directors and has leadership input from a Corporate Advisory Board and a Tourism Advisory Board.
- Oversee storytelling in support of GSBA and the GSBA Scholarship Fund’s mission, vision, and values.
- Manage GSBA and the GSBA Scholarship Fund’s visual brand with consistency, clarity, and creativity.
- Position the organization as a community connector
- Is the key point person for all reactive and proactive media engagements, including pitching reporters to place stories about GSBA and its membership, fielding requests for comment from reporters, developing media talking points, serving as a spokesperson for the organization as appropriate, monitoring media mentions, and media training staff members in preparation for media appearances.
- Promote partnerships that will increase membership and sponsorship opportunities
- Craft and promote effective and cohesive messages reflecting on complex and sensitive community issues.
- Create, coordinate, edit, and deploy digital and print communications including business directory, print newsletter, eNewsletter, eblasts, online calendar, brochures, advertisements, and annual reports.
- Work with Marketing Specialist to ensure messaging of organizational materials, including the development of new print collateral, and the development and production of video or other multimedia storytelling tools where appropriate are consistent with the brand and mission of GSBA.
- Draft internal communications products including talking points, messaging documents, backgrounders, bios, press releases, fact sheets, and other materials as needed.
- Support communications needs of organization leadership by drafting remarks, blog posts, statements, by-lined articles, action alerts, press releases and other outward facing communications.
- Work with Marketing Specialist to ensure website and online marketing initiatives, including using social networks and email campaigns are consistent with GSBA’s mission and brand.
- Work with Marketing Specialist to ensure content for website and social media pages are up to date and promote GSBA’s mission, programming and advocacy work.
- Be a voice to encourage consistent community engagement through current social networks.
- Be informed of, and facilitate the effective use of, new technologies and software that will enhance and facilitate external communications.
- Work closely with the Director of Fund Development to maximize communications initiatives targeted to membership and sponsorship cultivation and donors.
- Field press inquiries and direct to the appropriate spokespeople; build and nurture relationships on behalf of GSBA with relevant reporters, editors, news directors, bloggers and media outlets; maintain organization’s media database.
- Work closely with the CEO or other senior leaders to facilitate press interviews, and conduct background research related to media inquiries on select topics.
- Must have at least five years of experience in a Communications position
- Demonstrated, deep commitment to advancing the causes of the LGBTQ community and equality for all.
- Ability to write and edit clearly, compellingly and quickly. Demonstrate capacity to write in a variety of formats, styles and voices - from short form web and social communications to press releases, long-form features, opinion pieces, speeches and more (writing samples will be requested and a writing test may be a part of the interview process).
- Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to take initiative, work independently, or as a helpful team member.
- Commitment to GSBA and the GSBA Scholarship Fund’s mission, understanding the importance of small business, social justice values and a personal commitment to equity and inclusion.
- A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be composed under pressure.
- Strong organizational and project management skills including a passion for detail and follow-through.
- An ability to work flexible hours when necessary, including some evenings and weekends for special events.
- Experience and knowledge working with Microsoft Suite, Constant Contact Adobe Photoshop and HTML
- Demonstrable experience with and enthusiasm for social media including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, blog writing/blogger engagement and other tools.
- A sense of humor and the ability to work joyfully in a fast-paced environment.
Salary is $ 60-75k, depending on experience and qualifications. Excellent employer paid benefits include 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision coverage along with short term disability insurance and option to invest in an individual retirement account with an employer match.
- The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.
- Send letter of interest, resume, three writing samples and the names, emails, and phone numbers of three professional references, and how you heard about this position to: Rachel Chernin, Director of Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please include “Director of Communications” in the subject line of your email.
- The position is available immediately. All applications will be reviewed and acted upon as they are received and the position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended, that you submit your materials as soon as possible.