Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is seeking a full time Communications Coordinator to support all development and communications activities, including institutional and individual fundraising, online and print communications, appeals and fundraising campaigns, and engagement events. This position will work closely with the FOW community to inspire people and institutions to invest in our conservation mission in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Applicants should have strong writing and communications skills, experience managing donor data, and understand the crucial role of fundraising, communications, and engaging storytelling in building/maintaining a broad base of support and ensuring a thriving organization.
Reports to the Director of Development. Regular weekend and evening availability as well as reliable transportation are required.
About Wissahickon Valley Park and Friends of the Wissahickon
Friends of the Wissahickon, official park partner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, conserves and improves the 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park. Popularly called “the Wissahickon,” the park is an urban oasis of dramatic scenery, dense forests, rugged trails, free-flowing streams, and over 50 miles of wooded biking, hiking and equestrian trails that wind through a deep gorge surrounding Wissahickon Creek.
The FOW staff and volunteers work with expert contractors and environmental scientists to mitigate stormwater runoff into the watershed, reduce erosion, and address the impacts on the native habitat posed by climate change. In an era of shrinking public funding, FOW and its volunteers respond quickly, effectively and thoughtfully to the most pressing needs of the park and make the Wissahickon more accessible for all who visit. Membership dollars and volunteers support FOW’s work to sustain this special urban oasis for current and future generations.
- Assist with external correspondence, draft communications and develop sophisticated presentations and printed materials for multiple audiences including board of directors, staff, funders, prospects, and stakeholders.
- Develop an annual communications calendar. Provide input on communications strategy.
- Produce the weekly e-newsletter and blog: Solicit stories from FOW staff and external constituencies (volunteers, partners), organize and write content, and coordinate media.
- Manage social media channels. Ensure that all channels have regular activity and relevant content, and that there is ongoing audience engagement. Regularly report on insights and engagement.
- Update and maintain website.
- Liaise and provide support for development staff and contractors.
- Assist with event logistics and staff outreach tables at local events several times a year.
- Manage event and marketing data.
- Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required with sufficient experience.
- Reliable transportation
- Strong writing and communications skills
- Ability to follow written and oral direction involving multiple task assignments
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to keep accurate records, organize information, follow established procedures and prioritize tasks among several assignments
- Ability and willingness to work as part of team and learn new skills
- Interest in environmental conservation.
- Must be able to sit at a standard desk for periods of 4 hours or more, and lift up to 25 pounds. (Standing desk and other ergonomic options may be available.)
- Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends
- Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, WordPress
Friends of the Wissahickon is an equal opportunity employer.
$35,000 – $37,000
Health insurance and retirement benefits offered
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
HOW TO APPLY
Submit resume, cover letter, and a writing or marketing sample in a single PDF document.