Communications Officer

Hiring Organization: 
Korean American Community Foundation
City and State: 
New York, NY (Staff are working remotely during the pandemic)

POSITION: Communications Officer

JOB TYPE: Full Time

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director & Director of Programs

BACKGROUND: Founded in 2002, the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) transforms and empowers communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and inter-community bridge building. KACF pursues these goals through grantmaking that promotes self-sufficiency for the underserved and under-resourced, by raising awareness of needs and issues, and by fostering a culture of giving. Our vision is a vibrant Korean American community working together to strengthen our society.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Communications Officer will be responsible for planning and executing all internal and external communications initiatives. Working with multiple stakeholders within the Foundation, s/he will develop and refine the organization’s brand voice and our messages for diverse audiences. The ideal candidate will be a great storyteller who can transform complex ideas into a shareable content.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work in partnership with the KACF team to develop and implement a communications strategy that will advance our mission, increase the visibility of the Foundation and our work, and support development efforts
  • Collaborate with the Development team to integrate messaging with fundraising strategies and key projects, including the Annual Gala and other special events, annual appeal and donor cultivation initiatives
  • Assess and analyze research data and incorporate them in storytellingCultivate relationships with ethnic and mainstream media outlets, and write/distribute media pitches, press releases, and media alerts
  • Monitor media and news developments to keep the Foundation at the forefront of Korean American and philanthropic communities
  • Manage KACF’s website, social media, e-newsletters, ensuring that the Foundation is using our communications channel in a timely and consistent manner, assessing our imprint, and increasing our audience
  • Manage communications projects including website design, event promotional/marketing materials, annual reports, video production, and photography
  • Manage the planning, design, editing, production and dissemination of high quality publications under the KACF brand and for a range of audiences and purposes
  • Other projects as needed

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements: 

Experience: Minimum 2-3 years of experience in communications, marketing, journalism or related work, preferably at a nonprofit organization or a foundation

Project Management Skills: Strong project management with excellent organization skills, capable of handling multiple projects with competing deadlines, and the flexibility to manage shifting priorities

Technology Skills:

  • Working knowledge of email marketing and design programs, such as Constant Contact and Canva, or experience working with similar tools
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Technologically savvy and able to self-learn emerging and new tech platforms that support and amplify communications efforts

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal communication, as well as storytelling skills
  • Critical thinking in assessing, compiling and disseminating information
  • Ability to prepare and deliver information both internally and externally, and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences as well as nonprofit and community groups

Team Work & General Skills:

  • A strong team player capable of working collaboratively with a diverse range of constituents and exhibit: individual maturity, respect for others, and team-centered approach
  • A self-starter capable of working with limited supervision
  • Flexibility to work before/after hours and some weekends

Cultural Competence: Familiarity, interest and knowledge of Korean/Asian American community is a plus but not required

Education: Bachelor’s degree required

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary. KACF offers a benefits package that includes employee medical and dental covered by the organization, 401(k) retirement plan, access to professional development opportunities, and additional benefits.

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How to Apply: 
Please submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Brennan Gang at with subject line: "KACF Communications Officer."
Application Deadline: 
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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