Director of Communications Specifications and Core Competencies

Job Specifications
  1. Four year college degree required with course work in the areas of English, communications, social services, business and other areas related to the work of a nonprofit required.  Comparable experience and training may be considered.
  2. Strong analytic, problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
  3. At least three years paid experience in public relations, community relations, communications, marketing, or related experience.
  4. Excellent oral communications skills.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to establish good working relationships with Foundation staff, colleagues, news media, donors, consultants, and a wide variety of members of the community.
  6. Ability to work independently and to take initiative, as well as to be an effective team member.
  7. Proven skills and track record of writing, designing and producing publications within schedule and budget.
  8. Proven track record of successfully dealing with the media.
  9. Computer literate, including Internet experience.  Knowledge of desktop publishing and website management a plus.
  10. Ability to perform responsibilities in a professional manner and to effectively represent the Foundation in the community it serves.
Core Competencies
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; Builds appropriate rapport;  Builds constructive and effective relationships; Uses diplomacy and tact; Can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably
  • Technical Learning: Picks up on technical things quickly; Can learn skills and knowledge; Is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical knowledge – like internet technology; Does well in technical courses and seminars
  • Written Communications: Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; Can get messages across that have the desired effect
  • Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard; Is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; Not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; Seizes more opportunities than others
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; Easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; Tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings
  • Composure: Is cool under pressure; Does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; Is considered mature; Can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; Can handle stress; Is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; Doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; Is a settling influence in a crisis
  • Drive For Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; Is constantly one of the top performers; Very bottom line oriented; Steadfastly pushes self and others for results
  • Boss Relationships: Responds and relates well to bosses; Would work harder for a good boss; Is open to learning from bosses who are good coaches and who provide latitude; Likes to learn from those who have been there before; Easy to challenge and develop; Is comfortably coachable
  • Peer Relationships: Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; Can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; Can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; Is seen as a team player and is cooperative; Easily gains trust and support of peers; Encourages collaboration; Can be candid with peers
  • Self Development: Is personally committed to and actively works to continuously improve him/herself; Understand that different situation and levels may call for different skills and approaches; Works to deploy strengths; Works on compensating for weakness and limits