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Director of Communications

  • Monday, May 02, 2022 11:30 AM
    Message # 12763951
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

    Position:  Director of Communications

    Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

    Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt 

    Reports To: President & CEO

    Summary: The Director of Communications will work with the Foundation staff, Board, Fund Advisors, and other constituents to effectively market and communicate a positive image of the Foundation to build confidence and trust for the organization with stakeholders and the public. The Director of Communications will be responsible for implementing and continuously improving a cohesive marketing and communications plan with established goals and deliverables. 

    Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following in addition to other duties as assigned by the President & CEO. 


    Primary Responsibilities 


    • Market services and programs by developing and implementing marketing and advertising campaigns.
    • Identify key target markets working with Community Foundation staff.
    • Track data on the effectiveness of various campaigns and techniques that are used to motivate existing donors and track additional donors to the Foundation.
    • Prepare marketing reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and track the increase of engagement with the Foundation.
    • Produce promotional materials and gifts for key constituents and program recipients and maintain an inventory of supplies.
    • Utilize Crescendo to market planned giving options and provide information to professional advisors.


    • Communicate the Foundation’s programs and giving options, i.e. Donor services, scholarship, grantmaking, and Youth Engagement in Philanthropy to the key target markets via various sources, i.e. print, digital and social media.
    • Create and manage an annual marketing and communications calendar.
    • Create and solicit content for communication pieces from key stakeholders.
    • Prepare marketing reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and track the increase of engagement with the Foundation.
    • Publish Annual Report, Connections magazine, and other materials in print and digital formats.
    • Produce monthly e-newsletters and communicate messages that promote the services available and opportunities for connecting with the Community Foundation.
    • Maintain the social media presence of the Foundation, offering content that is appropriate, creative, and interesting to the Foundation’s constituents.
    • Maintain the website pages of the Foundation, working with the Foundation staff, creating content that is relevant to the current issues in the community, creating and updating donor profile pages, revising and editing pages so that it clearly reflects the Foundation’s mission and services.
    • Seek new and creative ways to recognize donors for their commitment to the Foundation through print, digital and social media. 
    • Promote and assist in the planning and implementation of successful educational, engagement, and other stewardship activities and events for various constituents.
    • Maximize communication of giving options that demonstrate the benefits of philanthropy for current and prospective donors, through print, digital and social media.
    • Identify opportunities to increase the Foundation’s visibility within the community and if appropriate on a national level.
    • Integrate various communication vehicles into one consistent branded message.


    • Prepare information for the Board of Directors as needed on the impact of the communications plan.
    • Maintain current records in the Foundation’s software on all campaigns and events.
    • Maintain accurate mailing lists and work with Foundation staff to update regularly.

    About Us 

    The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in the Fox River Valley. Foundation funds are used to provide grants to non-profit organizations and scholarships to area students.

    We are a tax-exempt public charity that allows individuals, businesses, and other non-profit organizations to establish permanent endowments and temporary funds within the confines of one large foundation.

    The Community Foundation will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2023 and, since its founding in 1948, has grown to more than $129 million in assets and has provided more than $120 million in grants and scholarships back to the community. The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley currently serves the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County.

    Compensation & Benefits

    The Foundation provides a competitive compensation package consummate with experience and qualifications including vacation time, health, dental, and vision insurance, and a matching 403(b) deferred compensation package. 

    Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000


    Working Conditions

    This job operates in a clerical office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

    Physical Requirements

    Employee must be able to sit and/or stand for up to eight (8) hours a day and exert up to twenty (20) pounds of force occasionally.

    The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, and extensive reading.

    How to Apply

    Apply online by May 15, 2022.  All applications will be considered under the strictest of confidence.

    Hiring Policy

    The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley considers applications for all positions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 



    • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience.
    • Highly organized and creative, with extreme attention to detail
    • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
    • Proficient typing and computer skills; database experience; knowledge of software packages including Microsoft Office 365
    • Knowledge of website and marketing tools
    • Proven experience in digital marketing 
    • Project management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Ability to adapt to the increasing demands of a growing organization and interest in process improvement.
    • Ability to work in a high-paced environment and take initiative in new projects
    • Ability to work as a team member, collaborating with and supporting other staff as needed
    • Ability to have customer service as a top priority
    • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
    • Not-for-Profit experience preferred.
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred in a related field.

    Salary Description

    $60,000 - $70,000 per year

    Last modified: Monday, May 02, 2022 11:42 AM | Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

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