Communications and Events Associate

Mission Statement
The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) is a private, not for profit, health and human services planning, research/public education and advocacy organization that serves as the umbrella for public and voluntary agencies serving Long Island’s poor and vulnerable individuals and families. HWCLI’s mission is to respond to the needs of Long Island’s vulnerable families and individuals ensuring that the voice of the powerless are heard.

Summary
The Communications and Events Associate is a people person with operations talent whose mission is to create and grow unmatched engagement from our network of nonprofits, community leadership and the community at-large. The Community and Events Associate must propel HWCLI’s “brand” and recognition through consistent messaging, creative events planning and execution of events, frequent messaging across programs and working closely with the CEO and COO to identify new opportunities for organizational growth and engagement.

Utilizing previous communications and events experience, create communication pieces that effectively describe and promote the organization’s message through text, graphics, annual report, flyers, etc. utilizing various communication mediums. The Communications and Events Associate position is a position that requires strategic thinking, consistent multi-tasking and the ability to pivot seamlessly to
respond to external issues (federal policy, state programs etc.) to communicate effectively across three different audiences: clients/community, HWCLI’s nonprofit network and decision makers (elected officials, school district officials, commissioners etc.)

The ideal candidate relies on experience, self-discipline, self-motivation and drive to plan and accomplish the goals of this position.

Responsibilities Include:
• Develop strategy to build HWCLI events including but not limited to: annual fundraiser, annual meeting and various convenings.
• Pivot strategy as needed to secure attendance, speakers and plan.
• Work with the HWCLI team to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy, including both long term and rapid response projects to advance the goals of the organization.
• Initiate communications planning across all HWCLI projects and then work with the team on concepts and ideas for communication pieces.
• Draft advocacy and educational communications to be sent to members on policy related issues.
• Assist in preparing media materials, including press releases, media advisories, talking points, etc., and manage and track the flow of news about the organization in the media;
• Coordinate webpage maintenance-ensure that new and consistent information (article links, blog, and events) is posted regularly.
• Manage HWCLI’s social media platforms, including but not limited to:
• Creating custom social media content for distribution
o Short video clips for publication on social places
o Mass emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc.,
• Creation and management of content calendars for all social platforms.
• Edit and improve communications pieces developed by staff.
• Monitor the growth of HWCLI’s communications based on website traffic, e-newsletter readership, Twitter engagement, etc., and use data to recommend improvements to communication strategies.
• Generate quarterly reports based on pre-determined social media KPI’s for the Board.
• Research, prepare and write presentations and/or speeches geared to different audiences in an effort to solicit support for HWCLI’s agenda and/or provide information about HWCLI.
• Manage HWCLI’s fundraising and other events, including event development and execution.

Qualifications, Required Skills and Experience
• Able to work within a team setting and must be able to multi-task, demonstrate creativity and a passion for social justice issues.
• Demonstrate professionalism and effective representation externally of HWCLI.
• Strong project management, planning and organizational skills.
• Strong reading/listening comprehension and an ability to analyze simple and complex instructions, correspondences, and memos.
• A customer service skill set including, but not limited to – exceptional communications skills which includes in person, via social media, in meetings, on the telephone and in daily interactions with HWCLI partners.
• An understanding that social media and communications are paramount for our survival as an organization, and the ability to manage that responsibility on a daily basis – both online and off.
• Attention to quality, consistency and accuracy, with an understanding that all things social media are at the forefront of HWCLI’s interaction with supporters, members and the community.
• Dedication to professional growth.
• Proven ability to write and present in a sophisticated, clear and persuasive manner. Good judgment and requisite skills on social media engagement.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, teamwork skills and time management skills; ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
• Keep abreast of breaking news directly affecting HWCLI’s mission, and strategize for proactive outreach and timely responses.
• A Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in communications or political science; as well as a minimum of two to four years’ experience in non-profit communications, development, and/or social equity advocacy.

Benefits:
• Compensation is commensurate with experience.
• Retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, paid time-off.
• Opportunity to work in a dynamic environment making a positive impact in our region
How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to jobs@hwcli.co

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    Established in 1947, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) is a regional, nonprofit umbrella organization for health and human service providers. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Long Island’s most vulnerable residents by responding to their needs through the promotion and development of public policies and direct services.

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