Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry (Aurora Food Pantry) is looking for a dedicated professional to support its development efforts in a new, half-time communications position. The desired candidate will provide expertise to advance Aurora Food Pantry’s interests by cultivating strong communication ties with donors, prospects, and the general public. We are looking for a communications specialist who is an excellent writer; digitally proficient across platforms including video, e-news and print; has energy, creativity, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively; enjoys building relationships; and has a talent for storytelling.
The half-time Communications Coordinator is an integral member of the Development Department. This individual will report directly to the Director of Donor Relations and work closely with pantry clients, visitors, donors, members of the governing and advisory boards, committees, volunteers, media and colleagues on the development team (Donor Relations Manager & Administrative Assistant).
Key Responsibilities Include
Write in persuasive, narrative, and descriptive styles.
Execute strategy for annual digital and print communications.
Recruit and manage volunteers and interns to support the execution of communication strategies.
Provide analysis and evaluation of completed strategies.
Research and utilize best practices in all areas of nonprofit communications.
Create and implement integrated communications products and services including: newsletters and other print publications; website, e-news, videos, social media and other online communications; press media and marketing.
Implement communication activities that promote, enhance, and protect Aurora Food Pantry’s brand reputation.
Collect and produce human interest stories to be used in communication vehicles.
Top Candidates Will Have
Commitment to Aurora Food Pantry’s mission
History of delivering effective outreach communications (writing samples required)
Exceptional verbal, written, editing, and proofing communication skills
Proficiency in social media platforms as well as analytics and scheduling programs
Competency in photo, video, and audio editing
Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships
Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
Professionalism and strong interpersonal skills
Demonstrated success as a team contributor
Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications
Photoshop, Publisher and Adobe Creative Suite skills a plus
A degree and at least 2 years of communications experience is required
Your Cover Letter, Resume and two Writing Samples are required. Please email them in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No telephone calls will be accepted.
About Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry (Aurora Food Pantry) is committed to providing nutritious food relief to our neighbors in a humanitarian and compassionate manner. Aurora Food Pantry is helping to end hunger in our community through effective programs and services most needed in our area. We believe access to fresh, nutritious food is everyone’s right. That’s why we distribute food 3 days a week, 51 weeks a year. While most pantries allow clients to visit every other week or once a month, clients may visit Aurora Food Pantry once every week. That way, if an unexpected need arises, no one has to wait for food.
At Aurora Food Pantry, clients select the food that best meets their needs. Modeled after a typical grocery store experience, clients take a cart and go up and down the aisles, selecting items. The number of items a client receives is determined by the size of their family and the stock available. By offering choice, less food goes to waste, clients can better plan meals for their families’ needs, and we are able to serve our community with dignity and compassion.
Founded in 1981, Aurora Food Pantry serves more than 19,000 unique people annually at its 18,000 square fo...ot facility. We seek candidates passionate about human services and who will help us realize our mission: To help end local hunger by ensuring that everyone has access to enough nourishing food, thereby helping our overall community stay healthy and productive.