The Norwalk Community College Foundation, Inc. (NCCF) is a 501(c) (3) corporation that supports and raises funds for the benefit of Norwalk Community College (NCC), its students, faculty and programs, to further the educational purposes of NCC. The Communications Manager is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. The Communications Manager provides creative and innovative leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy for NCCF to engage NCC and the community, and writes grant applications and reports. A successful communications strategy will enhance the image of NCCF within the broader community and serve to increase financial support for NCCF.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Works with the Executive Director to develop a vision of NCCF’s long-term communications strategy
•Translates the vision into an actionable plan measurable in quantitative terms (i.e., detailing a one- two- and five-year schedule with metrics to measure success)
•Defines messages and determines the methods to convey those messages consistently and effectively.
•Evaluates effectiveness of implemented strategies to adjust and revise as required for sustained improvement.
•Writes and edits a broad range of print and digital materials.
•Oversees the development of a new website, including written content, graphics and photos, and maintains the website with regular updates to keep the material fresh, current and in line with NCCF’s communications strategy.
•Launches targeted and systematic effort to strengthen media relations and secure positive news coverage for NCCF.
•Manages third-party relationships.
•Other duties as assigned.
•Deliver strong project management to ensure that grant writing deadlines are met.
•Develop paragraph templates to compellingly describe why NCC and/or the NCCF is an excellent investment for corporations and foundations locally, regionally and nationally.
•Coordinate all phases of the College Advancement Grant development process.
•Write and submit customized proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects working closely with the Executive Director to best represent the NCCF’s work.
•Effectively interface with a variety of constituents within the College to stay abreast of College activities, review grant implementation, and take advantage of publicity opportunities.
•Maintain excellent records of correspondence, grants, and formal reporting in Raiser’s Edge and NCCF’s shared drive so information is accurately captured, filed, and easily retrieved as needed.
•Develop and manage a streamlined, continually updated grant and publicity tracking process which insures timely submission and reporting along with keeping the Executive Director informed.
Knowledge – Skills & Abilities:
•Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or related field with a minimum 5 years of experience in strategic communications planning and the successful design and production of print and digital materials in a non-profit environment.
•Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills as well as proficiency in engaging effectively in print and digital outlets with a wide range of external and internal constituencies.
•Ability to think strategically, analytically, and creatively, and to reorient strategy in response to new opportunities and changing priorities.
•Ability to deliver high-quality work within designated timelines.
•Self-starter that meets deadlines and has excellent organization, attention to detail and teamwork skills.
•Ability to build strong relationships, work independently, make decisions, maintain confidentiality, multitask, organize, and prioritize while maintaining high standards.
•Knowledge of fundraising goals and techniques preferred.
•Proficiency with technology, including all Microsoft Office products, as well as experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
•Required: A successful candidate will have multiple writing samples with a portfolio of successful print and digital materials.
Please send a resume and cover letter by email to:
Norwalk Community College Foundation