Open position: Communications Director

01. 03. 18

The Position:

The Communications Director reports to the CFO and is a senior-level professional position at the Foundation. The Director will be a seasoned communications professional who is expected to bring high-level communications strategy to the Foundation, working with other Foundation staff to craft communications that advance the Foundation’s desired results within its four priority areas, funding strategies, and advocacy agenda.  This position will lead the development and implementation of the Foundation’s annual strategic communications plan, serve as liaison with our external communications consultant, draft/review internal and external communications, and manage the Foundation’s media outreach, public events, website content, and social media accounts.  

The Foundation will consider qualified candidates who are seeking to work a consistent schedule of between 30 – 40 hours/week.  The position will remain open until filled.    


  • With support from the Foundation’s Senior Team and Communications Consultant(s), lead the development and implementation of the Foundation’s communications strategy
  • Identify and implement new and innovative communications ideas/activities based on Foundation goals, current events, news reports and grantee work
  • Draft quarterly electronic newsletters, press releases, op-eds, presentations, and other external and internal communications
  • Effectively communicate the Foundation’s point of view with the media and other key stakeholders  
  • Proactively identify strategic media and other opportunities to advance the Foundation’s mission and promote its work   
  • Manage website to ensure content is robust, relevant and easily accessible
  • Ensure all external materials, including our website, are consistent with brand standards reflected in the Foundation’s style guide
  • Ensure internal and external “Knowledge Management” system (e.g. website) is robust and contains recent and relevant best practices, articles, white papers, and websites related to our priority areas  
  • Manage the Foundation’s social media strategy (Twitter, Facebook), establish annual engagement goals and track analytics
  • Coordinate press events and conduct media outreach
  • Plan and implement events, such as conferences, speaker series, etc.
  • Work with the Senior Team to report the results of the Foundation’s grants and initiatives to diverse audiences, including our Board of Directors
  • Oversee the Foundation’s contact database
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences and demonstrate an ability to work with diverse audiences and constituencies 

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate will be well-grounded in strategic and day-to-day communications. She or he will be adept at setting a vision for the Foundation’s communications, and seeing to it that the vision is realized. She or he will have experience advancing multi-channeled communications and designing and implementing campaigns to promote key messages/initiatives.  She or he will possess a proven ability to synthesize and communicate complex data to a wide range of audiences.   Finally, the Director will be someone with a working knowledge of policy issues associated with the Foundation’s work.

As importantly, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the success of the Foundation’s mission and goals versus individual accomplishment. She or he will be willing to work as part of a larger team to support all of the Foundation’s priorities. She or he will be committed to the values and principles of the Foundation and be able to demonstrate that commitment in his or her work. The ideal candidate will be flexible and comfortable with the complexity sometimes associated with a growing organization.


  • Masters Degree and 4 years of work experience in a relevant field or a Bachelors Degree and 8 years of work experience in a relevant field;
  • A demonstrated understanding of the communications, public policy and media landscape in Maine;
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills;
  • Strong oral communication skills;
  • Good judgment, instincts and excellent social skills;
  • Experience with traditional media outreach, social media and website management;
  • Experience with planning and executing events;
  • Knowledge of office practices, processes and computer software programs including Word, Outlook, Excel, Access and PowerPoint;
  • Sense of humor and ability to work as an effective team member;
  • Ability to produce timely and accurate reports;
  • Ability to travel throughout the state, as needed;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects on deadline; and
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.


Starting salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A strong benefit package will be provided as well. 

How To Apply:

To apply, please submit all of the following: a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and your desired work schedule/number of weekly work hours (between 30-40) to by January 26, 2018.

The John T. Gorman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.