ABOUT THE GREATER CLARK FOUNDATION
The Greater Clark Foundation (GCF) is a health legacy foundation located in Winchester, Kentucky at the crossroads of two storied regions —where Appalachia meets the Bluegrass. GCF aspires to build on the legacies of these two places to create a region rich in opportunities for all, while recognizing that the weight of history is unevenly distributed. Read our full Core Beliefs document here.
OUR WORK AND WHY IT MATTERS
While working explicitly at the local level, GCF believes systemic change is needed to achieve a just, equitable and healthy society. Our Foundation invests in initiatives that can have a fundamental impact on social determinants of health, particularly civic health. Civic health is measured by how well communities are organized to define and address public problems. GCF’s investments help people meaningfully engage in building and strengthening their communities, whether defined as a place or a shared identity or interest. This kind of mutual community accountability matters because without it, there is no path to full participation for everyone in our community. Without the full participation of all people, there is less chance for equitable intentions, let alone equitable outcomes.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
Reporting to the CEO, this new role of Program Officer for Communications and Storytelling will have responsibilities that are integrated with and support all facets of GCF’s work. Under the CEO’s direction and in partnership with key colleagues, the incumbent will play two primary roles: 1) implement GCF’s internal and external communications strategies, and 2) serve as strategic thought partner on the intersection of communications, strategy, and learning. The Communications officer operates at multiple levels, providing leadership of day-to-day tactical communications activities, while also serving as a senior contributor to the overall strategy of GCF. In short, this role requires tactical finesse while also having a “big picture” perspective on the narrative arc around civic health, trust and accountability in Clark County and central/eastern Kentucky.
Specific to this role we look for:
• Previous experience as a communicator and/or storyteller. For example, with a PR agency, in-house communications function, or experience in editorial leadership or journalism covering public issues with a proven track record of storytelling about civic engagement.
• Ability to balance daily ongoing communications implementation and longer-term strategy.
• Demonstrated commitment to racial and social equity and a willingness to engage multiple perspectives in an apolitical manner to build civic health.
• A curiosity and interest in the world around you.
• A portfolio of writing, campaigns, and other examples of past work.
• An undergraduate degree in English, public relations, strategic communications, or journalism, is desirable but not required.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The Greater Clark Foundation is committed to providing a total compensation package (both base salary and benefits) that is competitive within the region. The base pay for this role is anticipated to be between $60,000 and $70,000. Actual compensation for successful candidates will be carefully determined based on several factors, including skills, qualifications, and relevant work experience. Additionally, employees are eligible for a discretionary annual performance bonus.
We offer competitive core benefits, including fully paid medical and dental insurance premiums for employees and dependents, generous employer-paid retirement contribution after the first full calendar year of employment, annual professional development funds, and generous vacation and holiday time, including the last week of the year off. GCF prefers its employees to live in Clark, Powell or Estill County, KY, and at minimum requires all employees to live within a commutable distance from its office in Winchester, KY.
HOW TO APPLY AND WHAT TO EXPECT
Review the addendum that follows this position description. Submit your resume and a cover letter, answering two of the following questions: 1) How can storytelling be a tool for community building? 2) Why is civic health important? 3) What narratives are needed to change public trust toward civic institutions?
Submit resume and cover letter: [email protected]. Please include “Program Officer, Communications and Storytelling” in the subject line.