Communications Manager

Amateur Radio Digital Communication

Marketing & Communications

1 month ago

Job Summary

ARDC seeks an experienced Communications Manager to join our team. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Communications Manager will serve a key role in delivering a comprehensive communications strategy. This role requires a dynamic individual who is well-versed in writing press releases and blog posts, as well as engaging with people on social media, chat forums, and in-person networking opportunities at conferences. An ideal candidate will be active in technology communities – particularly those related to amateur radio, digital communications science, free/libre open source software, and DIY culture. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in doing communications work in a philanthropic environment related to technology and education.

  • Minimum Qualification:Degree
  • Experience Level:Mid level
  • Experience Length:3 years

Job Description/Requirements


  • Communications Strategy: Creating, implementing, and monitoring communications and social media strategies, serving as communications strategist and thought partner on a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Content Development: Writing and editing primarily digital content such as newsletters, blog posts, brochures, and public-facing formal reports, as well as developing and implementing social media content. 
  • Media Relations: Serving as a media liaison; curating targeted press lists of relevant media outlets, trade publications, and publications reaching underrepresented groups in amateur radio, digital communications, and technology more generally.
  • External Engagement and Events: Participating in opportunities to raise visibility of ARDC and seek new projects and communities worth funding; managing and engagement on community forums.
  • Community Liaison: Keeping an eye out for relevant events and info that we need to be paying attention to, and educating the ARDC team about what’s going on out in the world.
  • Presentation: Working with the ARDC team to develop opportunities and to deliver high-quality presentations, pitches, and interviews in both virtual and in-person settings. 
  • Brand Management: Ensuring that all ARDC public-facing materials are reflective of our values and standards. This includes copyediting, website updates and maintenance (WordPress), and creating professional-looking, polished works.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • 3+ years’ experience in communications or public relations for a scientific, educational organization such as a nonprofit, school, or university.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an engagement strategy and complete complex communications campaigns.
  • Functional skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or other graphic design software.
  • Functional skills in video editing.
  • Functional skills in working with WordPress (content management, page / post design).
  • Ability to follow a style guide / utilize a brand kit.
  • Ability to quickly produce clear, concise, and compelling written copy for audiences with varying degrees of technical knowledge.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.
  • Ability to manage, maintain and keep deadlines.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice and Google Docs, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Enthusiasm for or the desire to learn about the science and art of amateur radio.
  • A collaborative and relationship-building mindset.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, particularly in an area related to technology, management, or communications.
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.
  • Experience working with international colleagues and communities, including working with translators where needed.
  • Experience working with distributed teams and working remotely.
  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, ideally including the possession of an amateur radio license (which, if not already possessed, should be obtained post-hire). 
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general.
  • Experience writing how-to documentation for technical subject matters.
  • Experience with podcast guest appearances and / or conference presentations.
  • Experience  working with nonprofits, foundations, or other grantmaking organizations.

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