Director of Communications
The Director of Communications uses the voice of Meyer Memorial Trust to advance Meyer’s vision and priorities. Partnering with the leadership team and across every department, the Director creates an annual communications plan and effectively implements it, making the most of all Meyer has to create a more equitable Oregon. The Director serves in a leadership position, overseeing a dedicated staff of skilled communicators as well as a team of consultants. The Director works closely with the CEO on executive communications and oversees all external and internal communications. S/he/they are responsible for developing a robust, multi-faceted communications program for Meyer, directly manage communications activities that enhance Meyer’s position as a champion for Oregon and for the sector and strengthen Meyer’s role as a platform for advancing equity and justice. The successful candidate will bring a vision for how Meyer’s voice and public presence can enhance its substantive work.
The Director of Communications reports to the CEO and serves on the Meyer’s senior leadership team. The Director is the organization’s go-to communications expert, using Meyer’s voice and reputation to increase impact. This individual operates at the enterprise level across Meyer and as a thought partner to the program staff in the individual issue areas.
USE THE POWER OF COMMUNICATIONS TO ADVANCE MEYER’S VISION
- Create a proactive communications strategy and plan that aligns the overall organizational strategy (which is being updated).
- Demonstrate deep knowledge of Meyer’s ambitions, goals and priorities, and connect this knowledge with what is going on in the world to seed and shape conversations internally and externally to enhance the work.
- Serve as a trusted, sought-after leader and counselor throughout Meyer.
- Stay well-informed about Meyer’s priorities, as well as those of its partners, to take advantage of emerging opportunities to use Meyer’s voice strategically in real time.
- Knowledgeable about and applies best practices for effective communications.
- Build and maintain strong media relationships to improve quantity and quality of media coverage about the work and impact of Meyer’s grantees and partners.
- Work, in collaboration with others, to identify potential opportunities to showcase the work and leadership of Meyer’s grantees and partners.
- Maintain relationships with community and policy leaders to keep the CEO connected and informed.
- Articulate and socialize CEO vision.
- Use communications to demonstrate Meyer lives its values.
- Project management of goals and deliverables, including triaging to ensure time sensitive responses are delivered quickly.
- Conduct crisis communications to manage reputational threats to Meyer.
ESTABLISH CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF MEYER
- Oversee effective planning and implementation of institution-wide, executive, program and business/investment related internal and external communications.
STRENGTHEN MEYER AS A COMMUNICATING ORGANIZATION
- Manages culture of communication through regular training and professional development for staff on strategies, procedures, messaging, tools and social media.
LEAD AND MANAGE A HIGH-FUNCTIONING TEAM
- Lead, manage and motivate a well-directed, impactful and diverse communications team whose efforts are aligned with Meyer’s priorities.
- Hire and manage consultants as needed to have the capacity Meyer needs to conduct high-quality and high-impact communication efforts.
- Develop a communications team that is known organization wide as creative, responsive, trusted and collaborative.
- Measure progress and results of the team and recognize performance.
- Manage and maintain comprehensive communications budget, expenses and vendor contracts.
Our goal is to make equity as much a part of our everyday operations, as it is a part of Meyer Memorial Trust’s mission: To contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. We believe if we really want to achieve a flourishing Oregon, we cannot get there without equity. To that end, this role requires you to:
- Offer personal interest and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive work environment that places a high value on equity.
- Participate in promoting a positive workplace culture of collaboration, innovation and respect.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment (please refer to Meyer’s Equity Statement).
- Engage in equity training and serve on related work groups as needed.
The successful candidate is a strong storyteller, narrative shaper and will have 15 or more years of progressive strategic communications experience, including five years in a leadership position. Preference for those who have worked in Oregon. The Director of Communications will have a proven track record in the development and implementation of integrated communications programs, strategic communications, digital marketing, branding and message framing and positioning.
We are looking for someone who is a quick study, can get up to speed on various issues and players and sees opportunities and ways to connect dots. The person will have extensive experience creating effective communications strategies, setting agendas in public spaces, managing teams and serving in leadership roles, particularly in the philanthropic sector.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to partner with, counsel and influence an executive leadership team to drive strategic outcomes. They will have fluency with new and emerging communications practices and a track record of operating at consistently high standards and within budget.
The most qualified candidate thrives while working in a highly collaborative and dynamic work environment, shows good judgement and has a passion for the purpose behind Meyer’s work.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES, SKILLS and EXPERIENCE
- Dynamic, curious, creative leader with a nimble mindset.
- Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with strong verbal communication skills, good storytelling and top-notch writing.
- Communication style that reflects authenticity, transparency, approachability, inclusivity, relevancy and humor.
- Ability to set realistic goals, hold the team accountable for outcomes and oversee course corrections when necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of diverse groups as evidenced by excellent listening and communication skills, balanced and reasoned approaches to problems, ability to inspire trust and confidence and flexibility and openness to differing points of view.
- The ability to integrate the communications functions into all aspects of the organization.
- Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.
- Capable of effectively addressing sensitive issues such as power dynamics, gender and racial inequities in communications.
- Ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate them, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team and manage performance.
- Leader with high emotional intelligence who is self-reflective, develops and maintains strong relationships, takes initiative and follows through on commitments and recognizes and navigates power dynamics.
- Creates a sense of purpose and meaning for the team.
Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Experience with or working knowledge of communication guidelines for private foundations in the advocacy space.
- Have strong knowledge of Oregon, including direct experience with people from all regions of the state, esp. nonprofit sector.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
Meyer Memorial Trust is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and compliance with all federal, state and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, Meyer ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race; color; age; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; religion; marital status; national origin or ancestry; citizenship; lawful alien status; physical, mental or medical disability; veteran status; or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.
Transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary job applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities and applicants with criminal record histories, are encouraged to apply.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will:
- Engage in regular communication in person as well as through electronic means.
- Routinely use computer laptops, tablets, desk phones, photocopiers and monitors, including digital screens.
- Occasionally move up to 10 pounds.
- Work in a business setting of open cubicles with an estimated 45-60 decibel noise level.
- Work primarily from home or any quiet place while Oregon wrestles with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The physical demands and work environment described are representative of those for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Salary range $145,000 - $165,000
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental plans, a flexible spending account (F.S.A.) or health savings account (H.S.A.), a generous 401(k) plan with employer match, vacation time, tuition reimbursement and transportation options for the active commuter.
To be considered, Motus Recruiting must receive applications no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard 5/1/2021.