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Communications Manager

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The Communications Manager will implement online and select print communication initiatives for Slow Food USA in support of the organization’s programmatic, public engagement, fundraising and list acquisition goals.

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Specific Job Responsibilities:
  • Develop, curate and distribute print and digital materials, including:
    • Membership collateral, including brochures and postcards
    • Annual Reports
    • Various other publications and materials such as programmatic handbooks, recipe cards, buttons, banners, and more, as determined appropriate to advance communications strategies

  • Create online communications assets, including:
    • E-newsletters and emails
    • Slow Food USA website: manage content creation, maintenance and design
    • Social networking platforms: implement social media communications, particularly Slow Food USA’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, and oversee development of new social and mobile media platforms, as appropriate/necessary

  • Work in close collaboration with the program teams to launch and manage campaigns and other communications needs that support programmatic priorities
  • Support development of online and direct mail membership acquisition, renewal and additional gift appeals, including working with development staff to develop campaign designs and appeal language
  • Support development of other stewardship materials for individuals, leaders, and institutional donors, as developed in collaboration with development staff
  • Grow the number of people Slow Food USA reaches through strategies including:
    • Email acquisition campaigns
    • Cause-related marketing opportunities
    • List chaperones and exchanges, as well as organizational cross-promotions
    • Magazine, media and other content-related partnerships

  • Manage communications contracts, including:
    • IT consultants performing back-end email and web construction
    • Freelance writing assignments, as appropriate/necessary
    • Graphic & web design, as appropriate/necessary

Desired skills, knowledge and abilities:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least three years related experience
  • Professional experience developing and curating social media followers, particularly on Twitter and Facebook
  • Interest and skills in designing online and printed pieces that grab and hold attention, and that reinforce a message and brand
  • Experience in developing online campaigns in support of programmatic, development and list acquisition goals
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to master complex issues, convey information clearly and communicate a compelling and inspired vision
  • Proficiency in a wide array of communications and information management software, including the Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, CRM databases such as MySQL and/or Salesforce, email clients such as Exact Target, as well as some knowledge of HTML
  • Passion for changing the way people eat and think about their food, as well as some knowledge of the food movement
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship skills, including ability and desire to work well as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends on occasion, when needed
  • Ability to travel infrequently for Slow Food events, conferences and meetings, including internationally

Classification: Full-time Exempt Employee
Compensation: Initial compensation of $40,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits included.
Position reports to: Managing Director

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume, combined into a single PDF document, to jobs@slowfoodusa.org, subject line “Communications Manager.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please note that applicants may be asked to complete a skills assessment during the interview process.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Internships

Slow Food USA offers internships year-round to current undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. The internships follow three cycles: Fall, Spring and Summer, located in the national office in Brooklyn, NY. Start and end dates are flexible, although typically our Fall internships begin in September, our Spring internships begin in January, and Summer internships in June. A minimum 15 hours per week is required for all cycles. Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. Any available internships are listed here.

Marketing Intern

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Working closely with the Director of Communications, the Marketing intern will support multi-platform content development projects and promotional campaigns for Slow Food USA. Responsibilities include: drafting early morning food news briefings for internal audience; researching, producing and curating content related to Slow Food values for online communication through website, email and social networks, as well as in-person presentations.

Qualifications:
  • College junior/senior or graduate student
  • Interest in content development and distribution
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with the food movement and food-related organizations
  • Ability and comfort working independently
  • Demonstrated commitment to Slow Food
  • Social media skills, including Facebook and Twitter, preferred

Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week; flexible start and end dates.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to Gaby Lopez-Barry, gaby@slowfoodusa.org by September 15, 2014.


Public Relations Intern

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Working closely with the Director of Communications, the PR intern will support Slow Food USA’s promotional efforts with an emphasis on media relations and messaging. Responsibilities include: drafting early morning food news briefings for internal audience, fielding and vetting press inquiries, preparing spokespeople for interviews, sourcing and pitching local Slow Food stories, maintaining press clips and media lists.

Qualifications:
  • College junior/senior or graduate student
  • Relevant course work completed in communications, journalism or PR
  • Exceptional familiarity with the food movement news landscape
  • Superior phone skills and an ability to think before speaking
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to Slow Food
  • Social media skills, including Facebook and Twitter, necessary

Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week; flexible start and end dates.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to Gaby Lopez-Barry, gaby@slowfoodusa.org by September 15, 2014.


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