Update: July 2018: This position has been filled
About OPAL Community Land Trust
The mission of OPAL Community Land Trust is to help sustain Orcas Island as a healthy, economically diverse community by providing permanently affordable homes and related education and support for islanders—families, seniors and singles—whose housing needs are not met by the traditional market.
To accomplish its mission OPAL: (1) acquires land and buildings; (2) develops land in an environmentally and socially responsible manner; (3) constructs or renovates buildings to be healthy, durable and energy efficient; (4) educates and counsels homebuyers and rental tenants; (5) facilitates financing for mortgages and home repairs, and (6) stewards what it creates for current and future generations.
The position is part-time and year-round, budgeted for 20 to 25 hours per week. The work schedule is flexible, although an agreed-upon schedule of deadlines will determine the work plan. Compensation is commensurate with experience, starting at $20.00 per hour plus benefits. This is an at-will position hired, supervised and evaluated by OPAL Community Land Trust’s Executive Director and guided by OPAL’s Fundraising Manager.
The Communications Manager is responsible for educating about the need and reporting on the impact of OPAL’s work and engaging OPAL supporters in meaningful ways. Specifically, the responsibilities are:
• Planning: Work with the Communications Committee and other staff to develop and implement annual and long-range communications plans that demonstrate the need and impact of OPAL’s work.
• Storytelling: Interview people and write or edit content for written word and video essays.
• Facilitating the Communications Committee: Provide staff support to convene, manage and effectively engage members of the Communications Committee.
• Producing Print, Digital and Video Communications: Create, write and edit content for print newsletters, impact reports, campaign updates, thank-you messages, e-blast messages, website content, social media posts, and video content. Coordinate production with volunteers and independent contractors for graphic design, photography and video.
• Media and Community Relations: Manage contacts with relevant media outlets; develop and distribute timely news releases about OPAL’s activities, accomplishments and events; anticipate and pro-actively reach out to neighbors of OPAL projects when development is planned and in process.
• Events: Plan and coordinate implementation of events that engage and strengthen relationships with supporters. These include but are not limited to the Annual Meeting, and selected donor cultivation and stewardship gatherings.
• C.R.M. Tracking and Analysis: Track supporter and volunteer activities in Salesforce. Create campaigns targeted to discrete audiences, and generate reports to analyze the effectiveness of communications efforts;
• Photography and Photo Archives: Take photographs and maintain relationships with photographers, and collect and maintain a searchable inventory of photos for communications and marketing purposes.
• Internal Communications: Keep notes at Board meetings and draft minutes and status updates for review and final edit by the Executive Director.
• Volunteer Program: Engage supporters to learn how they like to be involved, track volunteer time and provide proper expressions of gratitude.
• Office Support: Provide back-up for OPAL’s Office Manager by answering the phone, greeting visitors, and completing occasional office tasks as necessary or as assigned by supervisor.
Skills and Qualifications
1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
2. Ability to work well with diverse individuals and balance a variety of needs;
3. A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently;
4. High energy and collaborative work style that draws out the best in each member of a team including staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and supporters;
5. Maturity and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels;
6. Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives;
7. Excellent computer and cloud computing skills. Regular use of Word, Excel, SalesForce, Word Press, Facebook. Preference for familiarity with Photoshop or design and layout software (such as InDesign); and
8. Interest in and commitment to affordable housing, sustainable economic development and a healthy island community.
• At least five years of comparable work experience with communications and publications;
• Candidates selected for interviews will be requested to provide references and a portfolio of writing samples, photography and/or graphic design products.
To Apply for the Position
Send or deliver a cover letter and resume to Lisa Byers, Executive Director, OPAL Community Land Trust. Prefer email submittal with attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position is open until filled with the initial deadline for applications being Monday, June 4, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) by email or at the office of OPAL Community Land Trust, 286 Enchanted Forest Road, PO Box 1133, Eastsound, WA 98245.