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Director of Development & Communications

Under the direction of the President/CEO the Director of Development & Communications develops, implements, and manages all internal and external corporate communications, fundraising, donor stewardship, marketing, and public relations strategies for ANHC.
This role is responsible for raising funds to support ANHC’s financial goals and building relationships with individuals and organizations to secure philanthropic support and for designing, planning, and overseeing vital revenue streams, which allow ANHC to achieve our mission and maximize impact in the community.


• Develops and implements fundraising and development plans to help ANHC receive the necessary financial support most efficiently.
• In partnership with the President/CEO and ANHC BOD sets annual monetary goals and budgets according to short- and long-term goals.
• Establishes fundraising objectives for the organization, setting one year, five year, and longer-term goals.
• Builds and maintains relationships with individuals and organizations to secure philanthropic support.
• Manages the donor database and ensures ANHC has an up-to-date list of financial donors and leads including corporations, foundations, and individuals.
• Produces relevant and informative fundraising literature and impact reports for distribution to donors and the community.
• Research potential sources of, and applies for, grants and foundation funding.
• Works in close partnership with the Director of Finance to ensure effective and accurate workflows and reconciliations for donations and incoming funds.
• Oversees the fundraising process and maintains records of receipts and disbursements of funds.
• Oversee the Development & Communications Department budget and monitors expenses.
• Plans fundraising events that effectively communicate the mission and vision of the organization.
• Oversees the ANHC membership program.
• Oversees the ANHC volunteer program including recruitment and training to assist in advancement efforts.
• Manages incoming donations to the center and works in partnership with the President/CEO and Curator to determine their value and whether they will be added to ANHC’s collection or used for donations.
• Prepares and presents on program progress and goals to senior management and the BOD.

• Develop, implement, and communicate organizational information to internal and external audiences ensuring consistency with organizational messaging, branding, standards, and ANHC’s mission.
• Ensure that internal and external communications are consistent and evolve to meet business needs and the organizations strategic plan and objectives.
• Serve as ANHC’s media spokesperson, preparing news releases and developing and maintaining strong and proactive relationships with clients, local and national press. Incorporate common messaging and manage all  press materials, press releases, media and Alaska community communications, client/media tours, and participant reference/success story programs.
• Develop and implement the company's PR strategy and plan, and serve as key point of contact for public relations activities including press and interviews, speaking opportunities, awards submissions, success stories, byline articles, etc.
• Lead special events and communications projects as needed, including press events, employee events, video and multimedia presentations, and print projects.
• Oversee the creation of an ANHC organizational events calendar.
• Develop and implement employee corporate communications activities including management of the ANHC website that will ensure the organization is positioned on the web to maximize online data and seek, evaluate and source new technology designed to improve message understanding, access and distribution.
• Assist members of the leadership team with external communications and presentations to external audiences including preparation of speeches, news releases, talking points, print and video material, and development of communication plan.
• Develop excellent relationships with media professionals and commentators in targeted publications, as well as key industry partners and influencers covering the cultural tourism markets.
• Perform a communication audit annually to identify communication gaps and needs. Develop strategy to meet those needs.
• Develop communications engagement policies and procedures for other departments within ANHC.
• Responsible for the development of company collateral and marketing material.
• Responsible for the adherence to, and enforcement of, the ANHC graphic & logo standards.
• Anticipate and prepare for public relations crises and opportunities by consulting with appropriate managers and outside consultants, and work with senior management to manage crisis communications.

• Provide effective operational leadership in the execution of short- and long-term strategic and operating plans for the Development & Communications Department and supports organization driven initiatives to sustain and improve programs in the spirit of ANHC’s mission, vision, and values.
• Serves as a point of contact for Development & Communications staff and provides management support and guidance.
• Work with other team members to ensure that services are delivered efficiently, effectively and in a courteous, culturally relevant, and timely way.
• As a key member of the ANHC leadership team this role will work in partnership with fellow directors to co-design policies and procedures.
• Will serve as a member of the senior leadership team to work effectively across systems to resolve conflicts and communication barriers.

• Likes to prepare others for their work – leveraging cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship opportunities for key staff and volunteers (President/CEO, key staff, Board members)
• Demonstrated ability to develop comprehensive work plans for short, mid-range and long-term development projects.
• Committed to achieving results under demanding time frames.
• Ability to develop strategies, organize and prioritize work, and work independently is required.
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to staff and to foster a cooperative environment amongst multiple departments utilizing a collaborative team approach.
• Delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• High level of planning/organization to prioritize work activities and realistic action plans.
• High level of quality management, continuous improvement and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and the community at large at all levels.
• Demonstrated computer literacy and experience with relevant databases.
• Experience with managing and tracking budgets and understanding of financial reporting.

• Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public relations or related field of study. Relevant experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
• Five years of equivalent progressive experience in fundraising/development/communications, including in a management or supervisory role.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social, health, educational, training, and cultural needs of the Alaska Native/American Indian community.
• Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory report from a state and federal background check.

• Ten years of equivalent progressive experience in fundraising/development/communications, including in a management or supervisory role.