When Liberty Hill began in 1976, it was a daring new foundation that turned philanthropy on its head. Today it is a national leader in social justice. Organizing and advocacy powered by Liberty Hill has changed national policies, launched social change movements, transformed neighborhoods, and nurtured hundreds of community leaders who respond to the experience of injustice by fighting for their rights.
As a trusted adviser to the CEO, and an integral member of the executive team, the Chief Communications Officer will be responsible for the development, planning and execution of the foundation's communications initiatives in support of Strategic Plan goals. This individual will be responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of activities that elevate the Foundation's stature and thought leadership, highlight key contributions of LHF's grantee partners, support LHF's fundraising goals, and advance LHF's programmatic and community organizing goals. The CCO will be an ambassador for LHF and will advance the position of LHF with relevant constituents as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support.
The CCO will be a highly skilled leader with at least 10-15 years of experience. This person will have expertise in developing communications strategies to galvanize support for social change issues, understand how to align communications and advocacy activities, and is skilled at working with executives at the highest levels. Utilizing a strong background in leadership, this individual will provide guidance to a team of four and will develop a close collaboration, with the Chief Development Officer and their team.
This is a unique opportunity for a Communications leader to develop a team in a fast moving and growing social justice organization.
The Chief Communications Officer will work standard business hours, Monday-Friday and weekends and evenings as necessary and will be based out of the Liberty Hill offices in Los Angeles.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Communications Strategy and Leadership
- Responsible for developing and then implementing a culture that reinforces the LHF strategic orientation and ensures that the LHF culture, values and beliefs are integrated into its communications efforts and they are consistent across channels.
- Responsible for continuously assessing the functional capabilities of the broader communication team in light of changing needs and adjust accordingly.
- Create marketing/public relations strategy that will allow LHF to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers.
- Identify and manage the implementation of communications tactics such as events, speaking engagements, and collateral material development.
- Facilitate opportunities for earned media and news coverage in key outlets.
- Work in concert with Development team to provide support on donor-engagement communications activities.
- Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning, and staff development.
Team Development & Management
- Responsible for assembling, managing and developing a team with the capabilities and perspectives needed.
- Promote a culture within the team of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
- Mentor the staff using a supportive and collaborative approach.
- Recruit and supervise communications consultants and freelance contributors including but not limited to copywriters, editors, videographers, social media marketers, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers when there is a demand.
- Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, and conduct annual performance appraisals.
Technology / Innovation / Accountability
- Responsible for being the early adopters of new technology and communications channels.
- Responsible for ongoing innovation and experimentation on foundation media products to maintain competitiveness for donor engagement within overall media environment.
- Provide information and insight as to mass media trends and emerging best practices.
- Train and educate staff and foundation community on changes in media landscape.
- Initiate and/or participate in regular review of communications media products' effectiveness, viability and sustainability; recommend adjustments in production processes, quality standards and funding as needed to prioritize support of the LHF mission.
- Minimum of BA level degree Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or Marketing, required.
- Minimum of 10-15 years of communications, public relations, or marketing experience with progressively increasing responsibilities required with a special interest/experience in social justice being highly desirable.
- Extensive successful writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications media.
- Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations and marketing program to advance the LHF mission.
- Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
- Experience in building, mentoring and coaching a team of communications specialists.
- Ability to gain the credibility and respect of the CEO and Board of Directors.
- Persuasive communicator.
- Ability to act as both an effective tactical and strategic thinker.
- Goal-orientated, positive attitude, self-directed, passionate and motivated.
- A strong network of outstanding collaborative contributors/freelancers.
- Ability to manage and execute multiple projects effectively, as well as manage and meet deadlines.
- Passion for the LHF mission.
- Experience working within a political/social justice/advocacy environment.
- Advanced degree.
- Extensive travel in L.A. County required. Must have valid California Driver's License and an insured and reliable vehicle.
Liberty Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to having the rich diversity of our community reflected in our workforce.
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