Director of Communications and External Relations

Minimum starting salary of $96,953 annually, plus full benefits. Final compensation package will be determined by experience and education.

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

May 13, 2022

Under the supervision of the President and CEO, this position is responsible for
managing internal and external communications for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable
Trust. The position helps ensure consistent and effective communication of the Trust’s
mission to various audiences. The Director provides the Trust with in-house expertise in
writing, media relations, community relations, internal communications, social media and
special events management. In addition to the usual communications responsibilities, the
position will play a large role in helping the Trust develop and articulate its programs and
provide opportunities for grantees to convene around community concerns and common
interests.

• Responsible for conceptualization, strategy development, annual planning, program execution and budgeting of the organization’s communications program.
• Develops and maintains all communication vehicles and channels, including web, email, social media, print and electronic media, including the annual report and the Connections and In Five newsletters. Works directly with graphic design and website manager vendors.
• Establishes ongoing relationships with print, broadcast and electronic media in Indiana and Arizona. Writes and disseminates Trust press releases and assists grantees in announcing Trust grants and developing media relations strategies.
• Develops and oversees the communication and external relations plan commemorating significant Trust milestones.
• Serves as brand champion, ensuring the Trust’s principles, tone/personality and image are consistently and relevantly communicated throughout the organization, among nonprofit partners and within the broader community.
• Develops collaborative relationships with potential partners, including nonprofits, media entities, community stakeholders and foundations to further shared interests in promoting Trust initiatives and programs.
• Prepares speaking remarks for trustees and CEO and provides guidance to other senior staff as needed.
• Develops and manages special events, with staff support, in Phoenix and Indianapolis, including the annual Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars’ luncheons, local environmental journalism awards and the convening of grantees and community experts around issues of common concern.
• Makes presentations to and leads discussions with the trustees and senior staff on communications strategy.
• Provides media training and prepares trustees and senior staff for media interviews.
• Directs the Culture Club to ensure focus on improving and maintaining organizational culture.

• Strategic and creative thinking about how communication tools and convening opportunities can enhance the mission and objectives of the Trust and its nonprofit partners.
• Outstanding skills in creating and making formal presentations.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment with shared roles and responsibilities, and to develop effective and collegial relationships with staff in both Trust office locations.
• Ability to work effectively on diverse projects simultaneously, meet deadlines and relate effectively to a variety of audiences including nonprofit, philanthropic and private sectors.
• Knowledge of philanthropy and the nonprofit organization sector a plus.

• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field. • Five to eight years’ experience in communications and public relations dealing with multiple constituencies. • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and media experience. Mastery of Associated Press writing style. • Proficient in MS Office applications and demonstrated skills in Adobe Creative Suite products.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to hiring@ninapulliamtrust.org.