Director of Communications

Position: 
Director of Communications
Employment: 
Full time
Location: 
Denver
Organization Name: 
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 10, 2023
Job Description: 

About the Foundation

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation (BSF) invests in inclusive, diverse, and equitable arts & culture organizations and nonprofit leaders to create a thriving and just Denver. We are rooted in values of equity, collaboration, continuous learning, responsible stewardship and imagining what is possible. The foundation’s assets are roughly $90 million, we grant approximately $3.5 million in the Denver metro region annually and leverage our grantmaking through collaborations, strategic partnerships and impact investing.

Background on the position

This is a newly created position and a component of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s three-year strategic framework that incorporates strategic communications and storytelling to enhance our mission and programmatic objectives.

With the addition of this role, we strive to communicate our values more effectively, and the importance of a vibrant, equitable, diverse cultural sector and community of nonprofit leaders. Our hope is to augment our philanthropic investments through robust and effective storytelling about our work, but more importantly, the work of our grant partners and Livingston Fellows. An additional goal is to foster more philanthropic support for art and culture in a manner that conveys the importance of a diverse, equitable cultural ecosystem. As Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has been deeply engaged in impact investing work for several years, our objectives also include better communicating about how we integrate values alignment into 100% of our investments.

The Foundation’s five-person team culture prioritizes collaboration, sharing and teamwork, constant learning and adapting to changing environments and responsibilities. The position will report to the President and CEO and will work in support of, and in close partnership with all staff.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate

  • Ability to think strategically, while remaining grounded in the day-to-day responsibilities required to execute the strategy.
  • Knowledge and experience with the elements that constitute a comprehensive communications strategy. 
  • Connection to the Foundation’s mission and values, especially our equity and anti-racism values, and will ensure that all work is advancing and aligned with these values.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, Slack, communications and social media platforms, website design and management platforms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and storytelling skills.
  • Design skills and sensibilities around graphic design and competency in one or more graphic design platforms. Familiarity with video and other media formats used in storytelling.
  • Ability to manage/prioritize multiple projects and competing priorities, and work well independently and in a collaborative team environment.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a communications strategy incorporating our newly developed strategic framework that results in a unique and identifiable “voice” for the foundation that aligns with our mission and values. This includes messaging to reach BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Collaborate with foundation colleagues to identify ways to communicate the Foundation’s work, the work of our grant partners and Livingston Fellows and the importance of a robust, diverse, and equitable cultural sector and community of nonprofit leaders.
  • Create and manage all social media accounts and postings, newsletters, e-blasts and other communications as needed.
  • Maintain website, including overseeing overall design, functionality, and periodic content updates.
  • Provide communications support for CEO, grantmaking, leadership, and impact investing.
  • Seek opportunities for media coverage, write articles for written and online publications or journals as needed.
  • Identify and track performance measures to determine effectiveness and reach of communications strategies.
  • Identify and manage external consultants to supplement work as needed.
  • Work with partner organizations to collectively advocate for the visibility of, funding for and public policies in support of arts and culture for all communities

Education/Experience

  • While some degree of formal communications-related education, either undergraduate or graduate is helpful, relevant experience is most important. This is a senior level position and competitive candidates would likely have at least 5-10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in elements to achieve job responsibilities, including values alignment, are the key qualifications.

Salary/Work Environment/How to Apply

This is an exciting opportunity to define a new role and bring your professional expertise in support of significant impact as an integral part of a small, mission driven team. The position is designed to be full-time. The Foundation operates on a hybrid schedule with time in our offices and the flexibility to work remotely for a portion of the week. Salary will be commensurate with experience within a range of $85,000 - $110,000, including generous paid leave, medical, vision, dental and retirement plan contribution.

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to an inclusive, diverse work environment. Applications (cover letter and resume) should be emailed by 5:00 pm on February 10, 2023 to admin@bonfils-stanton.org and include “Communications Director” in the subject line. Note:  Due to the expected high volume of applicants, we may not be able to answer individual inquiries about the position.