Development & Communications Manager Georgia Organics
- Date Posted January 04, 2024
- Location Atlanta, GA
- Category Design / Nonprofit
- Job type Full-Time
Georgia Organics is a mission-driven nonprofit investing in organic farmers and community allies to cultivate a resilient local food movement. Our small-but-mighty team consists of passionate individuals committed to building connection, health, and farmer prosperity. Since 1997, the organization has served as the statewide leader in fostering organic farming, farm to school and community food systems. Equipped with a new strategic plan, the next five years present a tremendous opportunity for Georgia Organics to capitalize on the resiliency shown by farmers and the local food movement during the pandemic and the need to cultivate racial equity and climate solutions in agriculture. We believe food should be community-based, not commodity-based.
Our Mission: Georgia Organics invests in organic farmers for the health of communities and the land.
Our Vision: All Georgia farmers nurture and heal the land, people, and communities.
Soil Health and Environmental Stewardship
Community & Collective Impact
Georgia Organics has four key goals:
- Grow the number of profitable and regenerative farmers making a living wage;
- Grow a network of influential advocates championing organic and regenerative farmers;
- Grow capital investment in organic and regenerative farmers and regional food systems
- Grow impact by rooting our work in equity, relationships, resource development, and accountability
Georgia Organics is seeking a Development & Communications Manager that reports to the Director of Development as part of an integrated development & communications team. The Development & Communications Manager works across the organization to transform event, fundraising/membership, and program detail into inspiring and useful content for print and digital campaigns and materials, webpages, newsletters, and press releases in alignment with the organization’s brand and communications strategy. The Development & Communications Manager also supports development-run events with ticketing, marketing, media outreach, sponsorship, signage and wayfinding, and documentation.
The Development & Communications Manager supervises one full-time Communications Coordinator and oversees a contract graphic designer for larger print projects and digital design assets, while leveraging their own design and asset management skills to maximize our in-house design capabilities.
This is a full-time, partially remote position with 24-hour access to the office’s facilities. The Development & Communications team works on-site together one day a week, and individually and as a team on an as-needed basis. All staff are required to occasionally plan, work, and attend events that take place outside of typical 9 am to 5pm work hours, particularly in support of the annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival and bi-annual Conference.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
Organizational Communications (50%)
- Manage and implement internal communications calendars.
- Facilitate a cohesive marketing and communications strategy across all teams.
- Create print and digital content and campaigns to drive brand identity and engagement.
- Advise and support program teams on program-led newsletters, content, and campaigns.
- Review all program-driven content for accuracy, consistency, and brand and strategy alignment.
- Maintain organizational websites, including oversight of fundraising, event, and program pages.
- Draft press releases for the organization and review releases for program-driven initiatives and events.
- Identify and attend tabling and outreach opportunities.
- Engage and oversee contract graphic designer for print and large-scale digital design projects.
- Build and maintain press, media, photographer, and videographer relationships.
- Manage marketing and ticketing for all Development-run events to achieve fundraising and sales goals, including Georgia Organics’ regional Conference, the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, and year-round Membership and donor cultivation events
- Plan and execute signage, wayfinding, sponsor-recognition, and branding materials.
- Create and manage event websites and webpages.
- Conduct outreach to event sponsors and exhibitors.
- Solicit and coordinate in-kind asks for food, beverage, gifts, and VIP bags.
Fundraising and Impact (20%)
- Coordinate across teams for a comprehensive spring Impact Report mailer and digital campaign.
- Create engaging Membership content for print and digital platforms.
- Create quarterly Membership e-newsletters.
- Support Director of Development with year-end campaigns, GAgives Day appeals, and annual fund campaigns.
- Supervise and mentor Communications Coordinator.
- Support annual budget development and management to appropriate fiscal oversight.
- Participate in quarterly and annual staff reviews.
- Prepare Board updates demonstrating achievements, challenges, and goal progress.
- Participate in staff committees to advance organization goals.
- Create and maintain effective filing and communications systems.
- Follow Operations-led accounting and systems.
- Support self-growth in project management and Asana.
- Three years of experience in communications; fundraising and nonprofit a plus.
- Excellent writing/editing skills.
- Strong graphic design skills and experience in Canva.
- Proven ability to create compelling content with deadline sensitivity.
- Demonstrated social media management experience.
- Solid knowledge of using SEO, keyword, Google Analytics, and/or other tools to monitor and improve online presence.
- Ability to tailor content and discern appropriate distribution channels to effectively reach key audiences.
- Proficiency with CRM databases, MailChimp, and ticketing platforms.
- Ability to work quickly under tight deadlines.
- Self-starter with a strong sense of personal accountability.
- Collaboration and consensus-building skills.
- Commitment to growth toward anti-racism and anti-oppression and applying this lens to our communications and interpersonal work.
- Appreciation for the diverse fabric of Georgia’s agricultural community.