Position: Communications Officer
Reports to: Vice President, Development & Communications
Founded in 1984, Agros International is a faith-based non-profit organization that breaks the cycle of poverty for farming families in rural Latin America through economic and social development. Agros creates paths from poverty to prosperity by advancing opportunities for land ownership, market-led agriculture, financial empowerment, and health and well-being. Over the past 34 years Agros has partnered with 43 rural communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua, impacting the lives of over 10,000 people.
The Communications Officer will tell the story of Agros’ programs and impact to a broad audience through a variety of channels to inspire and deepen interest, understanding, and support of Agros’ mission and to raise Agros’ profile in the community—with a primary goal of generating new, continued, and increased philanthropic support of the organization. The Communications Officer will be an excellent writer and will have strong graphic and strategic communications skills. The ideal candidate will have a passion and knack for crafting compelling and accessible messages that stick. Collaborating with the Vice President of Development & Communications, this individual will play a key support role in the development of communications strategy for Agros and will be responsible for the execution of that strategy. The Communications Officer will also support general development activities as a member of a donor-centered development and communications team.
- Manage and execute production of print materials, including developing concept and strategy, writing content, designing layout, copy-editing, and coordinating with outside vendors. Materials include newsletters, brochures, direct mail packages, annual reports, and other promotional items.
- Write content for funding proposals destined for major donors and institutional funders (e.g. foundations and corporations) and create content for direct mail appeals to community donors.
- Manage website content and work with outside web developer on site improvements.
- Plan strategy of email communications. Craft and distribute e-communications to Agros constituents. Track and report on email performance.
- Manage social media activity for the organization in a strategic manner to advance awareness, build affinity for, and inspire personal connections with and support of Agros’ mission among diverse constituencies. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
- Support promotion and planning of large and small fundraising events. This includes design of printed collateral, e-promotion, design of event materials, assisting with messaging, and staffing events.
- Manage, utilize, and contribute to Agros’ substantive library of photo and video resources.
- Lead ongoing process of gathering updated, personal stories and media assets from the field, working with colleagues, donor trip participants, and third-party organizations to facilitate story collection.
- Maintain brand and messaging consistency in all external communications. Develop communications guidelines for organization and facilitate implementation by broader staff.
- Develop relationships with local and national media to garner coverage and increase public awareness of Agros. Produce and distribute media alerts and press releases. Track coverage.
Qualifications and experience:
- Fantastic storyteller. Able to draw upon program team’s impact data, interviews with program beneficiaries, and observations from the field to craft compelling stories of the real-life, human impact that Agros is having in ways that touch people’s hearts, open their eyes, and deepen their understanding.
- Ability to take complex, multi-faceted programs and create simple, concise, and engaging messages that convey the “nugget” of what Agros does. A gift for making the organization’s work readily and easily grasped to inspire and hook the curiosity of people who have no prior knowledge of Agros.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Experience and proven skills in copy writing/editing/proofing
- Proven graphic design skills and an eye for great aesthetics.
- Experience leading graphic and web design projects.
- Experience managing social media and digital communications strategy and execution.
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite software: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat.
- Tech savvy. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite.
- Ability to manage and organize multiple projects, on schedule, with professionalism, attention to detail, and excellent quality.
- Affirmation of and commitment to support Agros’ faith-based organizational values and motivation.
- Enjoyment of collaborative creative processes as a member of a dynamic, passionate, and skilled development and communications team.
- Willingness and ability to travel occasionally to Central America.
- Proficiency/fluency in Spanish is a definite plus.
- Experience in and understanding of Latin America is also a plus.
Annual salary: $65,000. Benefits include medical and dental, retirement, and paid leave. This is a full-time, exempt position.
How to apply:
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and
interest in this specific position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Communications Officer.” No phone calls please. Those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applications are reviewed as received, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.
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