Communications Lead, Crown Family Philanthropies

Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Communications Lead
Crown Family Philanthropies
Chicago, IL

In this exciting period of growth and strategic development, Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP) is searching for a Communications Lead to help convey the social impact of its work. While focused primarily on internal stakeholders, the position offers the opportunity to shape new approaches and contribute significantly to the foundation’s overall mission and social change efforts.
The Communications Lead will lead communications strategy development and implementation for CFP, provide support for CFP staff and family members related to philanthropic activities, and coordinate cross-departmental collaboration with communications staff in the Family Services department. As the family grows (in its members and geographic reach), CFP is expanding opportunities for family members to participate in grantmaking, engage with collaborative philanthropic work, and conduct their own charitable giving. The Communications Lead will play a significant role in these efforts, providing a critical connection between CFP staff, Family Services staff, Board members, and individual family members.
The Communications Lead must be comfortable in a collaborative team environment, reporting to the CFP Director of Family Engagement and working closely with program and operations staff. The ideal candidate will be creative, intelligent, and highly skilled at succinctly and powerfully conveying sensitive and complex topics with multiple stakeholders. In addition, the top candidate will be adept at using technology to develop and implement communications strategies.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
  • Lead communications strategy development and implementation by working with staff and family to prototype, refine, and maintain internal and external foundation communications
  • Develop graphic presentations, narrative descriptions, data visualizations, and information graphics to convey grantmaking strategies and impact to Board members, committee members, family, staff, and other stakeholders
  • Serve as a member of the CFP Family Engagement team to ensure a comprehensive, multi-faceted communications strategy that furthers CFP goals of family engagement and social impact
  • Collaborate with the CFP Family Engagement team in the development, maintenance, and content creation within the family engagement technology portal
  • Support and facilitate participation by 4G family members in the 4G Fund, philanthropy education modules, and directed giving program; collaborate with other CFP staff to develop support and training materials for these efforts
  • Encourage family participation, eligibility, and interests in CFP committees and activities
  • Identify trends (including technology, design, communications) and lead staff efforts to create communications that align with Foundation needs: websites, applications, annual reports, portfolio overviews/scans, committee and family presentations, employee manual, etc.`
  • Work with grantees and internal/external stakeholders to develop customized donor recognition projects and provide guidance pertaining to funder acknowledgements
  • Participate in departmental development by playing central role in the onboarding of new employees and serving as advisor or team lead for implementation of new management/communications tools
  • Experience developing and implementing various technology platforms to communicate to internal and external audiences
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to listen and synthesize multiple inputs, and work with highly sensitive information
  • Demonstrated skills in graphic design, data visualization, and information graphics
  • Engagement or experience with the nonprofit sector or family-based enterprises, including volunteering
  • Experienced in detailed project management
  • Able to conceive high level strategy and align tactical needs creatively and effectively
  • Superb organizational skills including ability to prioritize agendas
  • Able to work and problem-solve independently and in groups
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations and nonprofit management
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