The Pittsburgh Foundation

Communications Officer Reports to Vice President of Communications

Position Status: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Position Summary

The Communications Officer is responsible for implementing communications strategies that have been developed to advance The Pittsburgh Foundation’s organizational goals and further the work of its grantees and donors. Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the Communications Officer is primarily engaged in helping develop journalistic-style storytelling and promotional messaging to educate audiences on the Foundation’s work. The person in this position will be using writing and editing skills daily. The Communications Officer also helps to manage the production and content-creation process for the Foundation’s publications, digital platforms and various projects. He/she will contribute to digital video and social media production processes frequently. The Communications Officer helps to plan memorable events for a range of audiences and is the primary implementer to ensure outstanding customer service and meet quality expectations. The Communications Officer is expected to work collaboratively with all staff and organizations connected to the Foundation, as well as to serve as a trusted representative of the Foundation at public presentations and events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be a key contributor to the Communications team in identifying strategic opportunities to enhance the value of the Foundation to the community.
  • Contribute to the content-creation and production process for publications, and work with senior members of the team to re-purpose and manage content for social media and other communications platforms such as the website.
  • Assist in projects developed by the Communications team, such as promotion and storytelling around major initiatives. Coordinate press conferences and the convening of nonprofit grantee groups in support of initiatives on an ad hoc basis.
  • Assist in calendar scheduling for the Vice President of Communications.
  • Serve as project manager for the planning and production of all outward-facing events on the Foundation’s yearly agenda. Work closely with the Development and Donor Services team to plan events that engage various audiences to help the Foundation reach specific goals. About 30 percent of the work will involve working with outside vendors on such details as décor, catering, entertainment, transportation, location, invitee lists, equipment and promotional materials.
  • Assist in developing opportunities to promote 100 Percent Pittsburgh through donor events by working collaboratively across departments from conception to completion.
  • Support the Foundation’s marketing strategies and brand in collaboration with Senior Communications Officers. Help to manage the advertising and marketing budget.
  • Assist in the development of materials presented to senior staff and the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
  • Work to assure that all publications comply with Associated Press style guidelines.

Key Skills and Abilities

To be successful and have personal fulfillment in this position, a candidate should be:

  • Creative in planning strategy and reliable in helping with the ground work of implementation.
  • Attentive to detail and reliable for proofreading and critical thinking.
  • Congenial in day-to-day interactions and known for having a sense of humor.
  • Comfortable relating to people one-on-one and in groups.
  • Invested as a member of the team with a positive, enthusiastic attitude in interactions with members.
  • Known for building relationships, trust and credibility with peers and supervisors.
  • Capable of working on multiple tasks and able to handle deadline pressures.
  • Flexible in an environment where priorities may change quickly, and able to help develop a Plan B should Plan A fail.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Requires bachelor’s degree in a field related to the non-profit sector.
  • Completion of a BA or BS degree in a course of study relevant to communications work, such as marketing, public relations, journalism or digital media.
  • A minimum of five years of work experience in some aspect of the communications field in which storytelling and message delivery in one or more forms is central to the role. Experience in philanthropic or social-change communications is valued.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills are essential for this position. Areas in which these are demonstrated in the Foundation’s communications work range from print publications to social media to presentations involving specific audiences.
  • Organizational ability is essential. This position requires managing several project assignments in the course of daily work.
  • Experience in event planning and coordination is important to this position.
  • Experience or quick-learning capability for various tools and technologies is essential for success in this position. Chief among them are familiarity with AP style and experience with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your resume and a one- to two-page cover letter offering two or three points not covered in your work history that make you a great match for the position. Please include two work products that demonstrate your writing ability. Email your submission to: jobs [at] by May 19.

No phone calls please.


About The Pittsburgh Foundation

Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States. As a community foundation, our resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has approximately 2,000 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of more than $1 billion. Grantmaking from the funds benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond with over 2,000 grantees receiving funding annually. The Foundation typically awards grants of more than $40 million each year. Grantmaking from the Foundation’s discretionary funds leverages a broad range of resources and enables the Foundation to be an important change agent for the region. Approximately 85 percent of all grant-making dollars stay within the Pittsburgh region.