Communications Associate

Overview: The Communications Associate reports directly to the Senior Communications Officer and works as part of a team that includes the Vice President of Programs & Communications. The Communications Associate supports various functions for the overall communications department, including (but not limited to) website & social media management, event coordination, press release & presentation development, board material support, vendor and administrative support, and more. The Communications Associate will also manage specific projects, where appropriate, and will work with other staff, external partners, and consultants on Foundation communications.


  • Support the management and updates of the Foundation’s communications channels, including but not limited to website, social media, press releases, e-blasts/newsletters, blogs, presentations (i.e., PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.), and storytelling initiatives across two markets.
  • Work with Senior Communications Officer to develop and maintain a pro-active communications calendar encompassing all of the Foundation’s initiatives and special projects.
  • Provide project management for Foundation-led events in coordination with other staff and vendors/consultants. 
  • Conduct daily media monitoring, share coverage internally, and post key media clips to the Foundation’s website.
  • Participate/attend philanthropy, grantee, and community functions such as press conferences, seminars on community issues, etc.
  • Attend regional/national network meetings, provide updates, and obtain information.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 to 5 years of relevant, professional work experience; demonstrated interest and experience in nonprofit communications, public relations, journalism, and news media preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • An overall commitment to excellence in quality of work and outcomes; ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines; and demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to new situations.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment and work with people and organizations of diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and a personal style that fosters strong team participation and productivity, emphasizing the values of respect and mutual accountability.
  • Passion for improving the quality of life in the Foundation’s geographic focus areas of Western New York and Southeast Michigan and knowledge and interest in the core funding areas RCWJrF supports.


Regular car travel is necessary throughout the Foundation’s service areas. Valid driver’s license and reliable auto with necessary insurance required. Periodic day and overnight travel within the Foundation’s service areas, statewide and national also required.


The compensation range for this position is $64,000 – $79,000 per year, based on experience and qualifications. In addition, the Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous retirement plan. 

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The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.