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Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Communications Manager
Job Description

Job Title: Communications Manager
Status: Fulltime; exempt
Reports To: Executive Director

Summary: The person in this position will manage communications for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement public engagement strategies to increase awareness about hunger and educate the public about hunger in Arkansas
  • Work with Alliance team to design and implement a communications plan to support programmatic priorities, and maintain a master list of program statistics and facts
  • Maintain a photo and video library of Alliance events
  • Write and design materials such as press releases, news advisories, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, brochures, fact sheets and other materials, in a timely manner
  • Secure statewide and local media coverage related to priority programs, campaigns, and fundraising events
  • Plan media-friendly events across the state such as press conferences, briefings, program walk-throughs and other media activities to advance the program goals of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
  • Write and update electronic messaging including web copy, quarterly e-newsletters, and social network messaging
  • Track and respond to media coverage affecting the Alliance, federal nutrition programs, and issues relating to hunger
  • Proactively pitch stories to media outlets about the programs and the issue throughout the year
  • Update and maintain Alliance web content using Word Press content management software
  • Develop media coverage analysis, reports and summaries for internal and external stakeholders
  • Support the work of Alliance members and partners by following them on social media, and sharing information

 

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities.

 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with communications background in non-profit advocacy organization, PR agency and/or political communications
  • Success in working with traditional and social media; relationships with key Arkansas media outlets a plus
  • Experience in planning and executing media and other special events
  • Experience in garnering media coverage around issue campaigns
  • Experience working with non-profit agencies and faith groups
  • Experience in writing a variety of communications materials
  • Experience in working with communities in more than one region of Arkansas

 

Other Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both one-on-one and with a group
  • Excellent written skills, including knowledge of Associated Press style guide
  • Proficient use of technology to achieve job-related objectives (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Publisher, Word Press, etc. for PC operating system)
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to work evenings and/or weekends
  • Ability to travel
  • Professionalism including excellent work ethic and the ability to clearly articulate the mission
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with the media, community leaders, business leaders, and with state government staff
  • Ability to build and manage media lists

 

Other:

This is a grant-funded position for one year; the position may be re-funded. Salary is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Kathy Webb, Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger relief Alliance, 1400 West Markham, Suite 304, Little Rock, AR 72201 or kwebb@arhungeralliance.org.