Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Communications Specialist

Communications Specialist
Organization Name: 
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Florida

Core Responsibilities

  1. Understand Foundation and Center for Health Equity mission and strategy, and how those translate to communications strategy.
  2. Understand and support the strategic use of communications to build movements and drive social change.
  3. Assist the Senior Director of Communications in crafting an annual communications plan (inclusive of an evaluation plan) and implement the plan to support the work of the Foundation and Center for Health Equity, funded partners, community partners, influential target audiences. 
  4. Be a thought partner with Foundation staff to develop, support, and promote creative communications in support of Foundation goals, including message development, storytelling, blogging, and social media.
  5. Create content across platforms and media to support communications strategy.
  6. Support communications needs of staff for speeches, talking points, informational brochures, event-related materials, grantmaking guidelines and RFPs, webinars, photography, and videos.
  7. Establish and fully launch digital marketing strategies utilizing appropriate tools, including the website, email communications, social media and blogs, as a few examples. Stay up to date with digital technologies and best practices in their deployment.
  8. Provide data analytics to boost web and digital presence. Keep the SEO/SEM metrics to forecast trends and learn how impactful messages convey to the target audiences
  9. Plan, prepare, and oversee the production of Foundation communications using a broad range of communications tools, including the Foundation’s website, social media, and traditional media. Write and edit Foundation communications, including press releases, speeches, presentations, talking points, stories about Foundation programs and events and funded partner programs.
  10. Deliver messages according to approved plans of action utilizing creativity in message design and the appropriate communication tools and tactics to maximize the impact of communications. Ensure messages are understood by the intended audience through evaluative and reflective practices.
  11. Identify community partners who can be instrumental in helping to share Foundation messages. Develop strategies and activities to identify and engage target audiences on the Foundation’s goals. Manage and monitor integrated email marketing campaigns.
  12. Research products, services and current strategies to identify new opportunities for messaging and to advance the annual communications plan as well as impact the Foundation’s mission.
  13. Create and/or repurpose all online published content (images, video and written) and ensure congruence with brand standards and for maximum engagement across audiences and platforms.
  14. Help develop strategies and implement digital and creative projects, such as production of newsletters and social media content; manage social media channels for maximum effect. Create short videos to post on social media. Maintain an online podcast/blog.
  15. Increase the online reach and impact of the Foundation and Center’s brand across multiple platforms in support of our strategic goals.
  16. Create stories and messages based on generated data and research.
  17. Consult with funded partners on communications strategies and tactics to support their projects and increase awareness and impact of Foundation investments. 
  18. Track and monitor progress of communications efforts towards Foundation goals.
  19. Stay knowledgeable about all parts of the Center and upcoming events in order to respond to any visitor inquiries. Attend events at the Center and in the surrounding community as a representative of the Cente and Foundation
  20. All other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree (in English, communications, public relations, journalism, public health, or related discipline preferred) is the minimum for this position. A master’s degree a plus.
  • A minimum of four years of increasingly responsible work experience in a communications-related field, ideally in the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors.
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent professional writing, editing, interviewing, and speaking skills, in English.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness in approaching and executing projects.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to a changing environment and adapt to changing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to tell compelling stories and translate complex concepts and practices into easily understood language.
  • Demonstrated skills and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Conversant with AP and Chicago editorial styles.
  • Working knowledge of SEO and social media best practices
  • Design, photography, or video experience a plus. WordPress skills a plus. Bilingual skills a plus.
How to Apply / Contact Info: 


No phone calls will be accepted. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to including the following contact information: name, address, phone number and email address.

Please note that all applicants will be required to complete an assessment as part of the application process. Writing samples will also be required.

Candidates for employment at the FHSP will come into contact with highly confidential data and information about agencies that apply for or are granted funding. This confidentiality requirement of all information related to outside agencies and/or Foundation business is an integral part of the job description and of employment expectations. Anyone involved in sharing confidential information during employment will be terminated for cause.

Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2019