Director of Communications / FLW Fdn

Posted by: Global Chamber Career Center on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation invites applications for a full-time Director of Communications to join us at Taliesin West in spring 2015.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to

Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by Feb. 6, 2015.



Position Title: Director of Communications

Department: Development

Reports to: VP Development & Communications

Category: Exempt

Status: Full-time salary

Location: Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ


Position Summary:

The Director of Communications works closely with the President & CEO and other senior management to develop and implement strategy for the Foundation’s values-based message (organizational voice), and ensures its consistency and relevancy in all outreach and media. This dynamic, detail-oriented Director is charged with developing comprehensive and creative public relations strategies and coordinating exceptional data management and cross-department cooperation to accomplish the challenging national outreach goals of the Foundation, which encompasses Taliesin, Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and sometimes includes Taliesin Preservation, Inc., Taliesin Fellows alumni, and Frank Lloyd Wright associate sites. The Director demonstrates exceptional leadership and direction in service of all programs.


Essential Functions:

Communications Leadership

•       Works closely with the President & CEO to establish and evolve the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s messaging and the values-based organizational voice (brand identity). Ensures that Foundation-wide communications are relevant and accurate and evoke a consistent, engaging, and identifiable Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation voice.

•       Leads the organization to an exceptional national reputation and the accomplishment of annual goals through the development and implementation of comprehensive strategic marketing and communications plans. Ensures continual review and assessment – both anecdotal and measurable of the effectiveness of active campaigns.

•       Creates and manages a digital calendar, scheduling upcoming materials and mailings (Foundation-wide) and archiving past mailings and printings. Establishes a hard-copy set of files of all Foundation (all departments) materials. Actively seeks out and procures these samples and is always involved in and aware of their creation.

•       Develops timely, effective, compelling communications tailored for a range of audiences. Provides a thorough editorial and “messaging” eye for outgoing copy and design. Oversees development, quality, and best timing of all internal and external written communications including, but not limited to, the internal newsletter, marketing collateral materials, website, social media, and email campaigns.

•       Serves as a writing, editorial, and messaging/voice editor within the Development Department and beyond. Actively surveys all departments for new information and consistency of established message and voice.

•       Supports all designers (internal and vendors) in maintaining an exceptionally high standard of design and organizational message match in all communications. Manages the Communications Department design budget and the selection of vendors.


Media Direction

•       Works closely with the President & CEO, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s official spokesperson, to maintain and build press relationships and drive exceptional press coverage.

•       Supports and manages a PR calendar in conjunction with Foundation’s outside PR firm, scheduling out possible media pushes and archiving past campaigns. Strategically coordinates and tracks all realized and prospective media hits. In coordination with the Development Data & Research Manager, strategically utilizes all contact data in Raiser’s Edge (and hard-copy files as appropriate) ensuring maximum effectiveness of critical data resources and information accessibility for all staff.

•       Consults with and then schedules the President & CEO (through his Executive Assistant), the Vice President of Development & Communications, or the appropriate representative, for interviews, press engagements, etc. Schedules estate access for press crews/interviewers. Works closely with all appropriate staff members to set policies, coordinate timing, and ensure safe and successful media sessions.

•       Serves as a secondary Foundation spokesperson in conjunction with the Group Tour & Marketing Manager and interfaces with community leaders and organizations.

•       Coordinates the crafting and appropriate distribution of exceptionally written, focused, and creative media releases, calendar listings, announcements, etc.  Updates, maintains, and provides media kits, lists, and other public relations tools.

•       Works with and actively directs vendor PR firms as needed.

•       Maintains a master file of all Foundation print media pieces and an updated master set of all print press coverage for easy and immediate reproduction and distribution.

•       Monitors Internet sites that include Taliesin West, works with Foundation staff as needed to make sure information is accurate, and sends appropriate information, updates, and corrections.


Communications Services

•       Works with program managers to develop, implement, and manage marketing plan(s), calendar(s), and media budget(s).

•       Collaborates with the Tour Department to create, revise, and coordinate tour marketing materials (brochures, advertisements, etc.) and assists with tour literature distribution.


Staff Management

•       Supervises production of external Quarterly editor, in-house and third-party designers, in-house and third-party writers, and other staff as necessary to accomplish communications goals.

•       Creates strong, low-politic relationships across all Foundation departments and programs and acts as a strong collaborator and messaging resource for all staff.


Minimum Qualifications:

•       Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, design, or a closely related field from an accredited four-year college or university.

•       A minimum of five years’ related experience and/or training including supervisory experience.

•       Outstanding writing, editing, research, and speaking skills. Experience in writing for a variety of media vehicles is expected. Writing samples are essential.

•       Computer savvy. Expert proficiency in MS Office. Expert proficiency in social media.

•       Ability to assess or adopt an organization’s “voice” quickly, accurately, and creatively.

•       Ability to lead, prioritize, and work independently AND the ability to work in a collaborative, cross- functional team environment.

•       Track record of measurably elevating an organization's media relationships and resulting press coverage.

•       Comfort and skill in interacting with a diverse range of constituents, including staff, Trustees, donors, community leaders, volunteers, journalists, students, Legacy Fellowship, vendors, tour guests, alumni, and the general public.

•       Excellent judgment, collaboration, and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation, conflict resolution, and management skills.

•       Self-reliant, results-oriented, and proactive with ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.

•       Strong time management and organizational skills.

•       Ability to analyze available information for the purpose of coordinating efforts, planning, and implementing projects.

•       Valid driver’s license.


Preferred Qualifications:

•       Affinity for the mission of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

•       Ten years’ related experience and/or training.

•       Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Raiser’s Edge.

•       Established national media contacts and networks.

•       Previous success at managing a nonprofit Communications Department.

•       Extensive writing and/or creative direction portfolio.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

•       Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

•       Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

•       Travel: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to travel to Wisconsin and/or other locations.


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