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Communications Associate

Hope Community, Inc.


Description

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Communications Associate is the designated person responsible for working in collaboration with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, Business Manager and the Development Associate to build and maintain excellent relationships with the many communities Hope works with.  The Communications Associate is responsible for generating written and visual materials that present information about Hope and the many activities to diverse communities. They would also be responsible for assisting in press and media outreach, assisting with other projects that involve relationships with such communities and for representing Hope in public forums.   

Responsibilities:

•Take the lead role in expanding and maintaining Hope Community’s website; tasks include generating and collecting written material and photographs for inclusion on the website. Updating all “bulletin” and “current events” sections, assisting other departments to update information which is pertinent to the function of the department such as Property Management. Working with other constituents to expand the website as a tool for dialogical, educational, and organizing purposes.
•Take the lead role in publishing the Hope Herald newsletter and other publications that the staff and board deem appropriate. Tasks include: developing copy list in consultation with senior and program services staff, writing or overseeing production of copy, taking photographs and collecting photos from other sources. Responsible for the translation into Spanish, the layout of materials and distribution.
•Take the lead role in the production of Hope’s Annual Report.
•Produce the Journal for Hope’s Annual Community Service Awards event.
•Event planning duties as required
•Assist staff, board members and others in the production of flyers, posters, and other visual materials for events sponsored by Hope.
•Assist staff with organizing programmatic projects, such as arts programming, or creating a “Youth Herald” or individual web pages for Hope’s Buildings.
•Assist staff in organizing community outreach projects involving tenants, business owners, immigrants, and other East Harlem residents.
•Assist Senior Staff in formulating a media strategy and maintain Hope’s positive image in the media. Tasks include: generating press releases, creating and maintaining a list of media contacts. Establishing relationships with key media contacts, serving as media contact person to the extent determined by Senior Staff and working collaboratively with media consultants.
•Maintain database of people and firms that Hope does business with.
•Produce mass mailings lists and labels
•Take the lead role in communications related duties and special projects as necessary.

Qualifications:

•Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
•Strong Journalistic abilities
•Excellent communication skills both written and oral
•Experience with website building and maintaining
•Experience with Social media platforms
•Willingness to take initiative
•Ability to be creative and think outside the box.
•Experience with community based organization and media
•High level of commitment to, and enthusiasm for, promotion of Hope Community's mission.

How TO APPLY:
HR@Hopeci.org

About Organization:
Located in East Harlem, New York, Hope Community is a dynamic Community Preservation and Development Corporation. Hope Community Procures Financing, constructs, markets, and manages a diversified housing portfolio for households from moderate to very low income. Started over 40 years ago, Hope Community currently manages over 1300 apartments through its participation in a wide selection of federal, state, city, and private programs. In addition, through the creation of new and revitalized commercial spaces, we also encourage the growth and success of neighborhood businesses.


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