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Title: Strategic Communications Manager
Reports To: Director of Communications

Job Summary

The strategic communications manager leads media outreach, thought leadership, and public relations work, writes some of Halcyon’s most visible content, and is responsible for contributing to the development and execution of a cohesive long-term strategy for Halcyon’s communications in line with brand, mission, and programming.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead strategy and execution for all media relations activities, including building a media relations plan, identifying newsworthy opportunities, pitching media, developing relationships with key reporters, conducting media training as needed for Halcyon team members and Halcyon fellows, and working with reporters on any placements in progress to maximize storytelling opportunities.
  • Lead thought leadership efforts for Halcyon’s senior leadership team, including identifying events to participate in and placing senior leaders as event attendees, panelists, keynote speakers, etc. Align with media relations to identify moments for by-line thought leadership placements in target outlets.
  • Write key messages and talking points, website language, email language, Halcyon’s annual report, and other high visibility products, possibly including scripting major events and video productions, speechwriting, writing for marketing materials, ghost writing op-eds, research products, and any other major writing assignments in line with Halcyon’s communications strategy.
  • Support the biannual process of building a communications plan, identifying organizational priorities and building out a strategy to leverage Halcyon’s assets in pursuit of those priorities.
  • Assist in diverse Halcyon activities, including staffing program events, recognizing that teamwork depends on occasionally stepping outside one’s direct responsibilities to support the team’s broader goals.

Minimum Education/Experience Required  

Four years of communications experience required; and knowledge of the nonprofit sector preferred, but not required. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.

Skills and Abilities

  • Passion for the idea of innovative solutions to 21st century problems – enthusiasm around impact-driven business.
  • Proven ability to communicate articulately and creatively.
  • Expert-level writing skills, including grammar and punctuation as well as ability to pick up a voice and extend it across a variety of platforms.
  • Experience pitching stories to media, or enthusiasm for learning the art of media relations.
  • Thought leadership experience such as authoring by-line pieces or identifying events for senior team members to speak at or participate in, or enthusiasm for building such experience.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and independently to achieve common objectives.
  • High computer competency, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, and Google apps.
  • Comfortable interacting with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Solid problem-solving skills including identifying and recommending solutions.
  • Ability to work with multiple priorities and deadlines and to pitch in where needed.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others, good sense of humor.
  • Thrive on working in a fast-paced, dynamic, start-up environment.

Special Considerations

Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends to meet program requirements.

Some travel may be required.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to inquiry@halcyonhouse.org with the subject line “Strategic Communications Manager.”

Title:                           Program Coordinator, Halcyon Incubator
Reports To:                Program Director, Halcyon Incubator

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator supports the design and implementation of the programming for social entrepreneurs across the Incubator and Intensive programs. The position serves a key coordination role working with Halcyon mentors, leadership coaches, advisors, and partners to create an environment where the Fellows can grow, and their ventures can mature to be successful. The Program Coordinator will play a large role in support the recruitment and selection of the Fellows and will work with the wider Halcyon team to support the measurement and evaluation of these programs.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Incubator and Intensives Program Coordination
    • Support the planning and preparation of core programming for Fellows, including developing new ways to support the Fellows’ ventures, drafting outreach to programming partners, and coordinating activities with multiple stakeholders
    • Manage logistics of both in-person and online programming, creating seamless execution for the attendees, and provide timely follow-up to all programming
    • Monitor and strengthen the relationships between Fellows and mentors, advisors, leadership coaches, and partners
    • Provide individualized support to current Fellows by acting as a connector, confidant, and empathetic ear
    • Provide ongoing support for post-residency Fellows and their ventures
    • Manage and streamline invitations and logistics for Halcyon Incubator and Intensive events
    • Design, conduct, and analyze surveys to assess program effectiveness and recommend changes to enhance the programming
    • Assist external communication partners by maintaining and updating the Halcyon Incubator social media accounts and drafting messages for public dissemination
    • Draft internal and external communications to update Halcyon’s community on the work of our programs
    • Attend startup community events to support Halcyon’s engagement in the startup community

 

  • Program Application and Selection
    • Support the design and implementation of a recruitment strategy to target the world’s most talented social entrepreneurs
    • Work with the communications team to develop a digital marketing strategy to reach new applicants for the program
    • Engage the Halcyon community to increase recruitment effectiveness
    • Grow a highly qualified applicant pool
    • Manage the application review and selection process
    • Ensure selection committee has the necessary information to review potential Fellows and meet Halcyon timelines
    • Craft communications publicly announcing new cohorts and/or successes of current and post-residency Fellows

 

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Two years program and/or project experience with an incubator, startup, or entrepreneurial program

 

Skills Required

  • Enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, including the ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds to engender trust
  • Attention to detail with reliable organizational skills to prevent details from slipping through the cracks
  • Polite persistence when following up with key stakeholders
  • Nimbleness to adapt to frequent changes in a fast-paced work environment
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others and independently to achieve common objectives, and a good sense of humor
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Accessibility
  • Reliable work ethic to complete tasks
  • Time management competence to prioritize work projects and meet multiple deadlines
  • Embody Halcyon’s core values of nimbleness, humility, risk-tolerance, nurturing, and optimism
  • Familiarity with data analysis and management preferred
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Airtable

 

Special Requirements

  • Able to work weekends and evenings as required by program responsibilities
  • Able to work on-site at Halcyon to facilitate programming

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to inquiry@halcyonhouse.org.