Marketing, Communications & Events Specialist

Job Description

Posted May 2, 2022

About the Pope Francis Center: Pope Francis Center exists to provide meals, supportive services, and housing assistance to Detroit community members in need, especially those experiencing homelessness. On an average day, we welcome nearly 200 guests and provide them with nutritious meals, showers, laundry, and access to doctors, dentists, lawyers, and housing providers through our free clinics. Our Bridge Housing Campus is currently under construction in Core City and is the centerpiece of our plan to end chronic homelessness in Detroit. We have been serving Detroit’s most vulnerable citizens for over 30 years, and we envision a Detroit without homelessness, where every person has the resources for sustained stability.

Position Description: The Marketing, Communications, and Event Specialist is a full-time position which reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and oversees the planning, production, and execution of marketing strategies, external communications, and media efforts, and supports special events, including Thrive crowdfunding events, holiday celebrations, and aspects of the Building Bridges Gala.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Oversee the development and execution of all creative marketing materials in support of seasonal fundraising campaigns and ongoing organizational needs
  • Manage organization’s social media channels and continually develop strategies for greater online engagement with target audiences
  • Develop and execute communications plan, including weekly newsletters, direct mail, donor updates, and annual reports
  • Develop and maintain organizational brand identity
  • Develop and execute email marketing strategies
  • Write, proofread, and design creative content across different mediums
  • Coordinate media efforts, including interviews, videography, and photography
  • Continually research and provide feedback on relevant marketing, communications, and event trends
  • Develop authentic relationships with Center guests in order to tell organizational stories in compelling, inspiring ways
  • Establish and maintain relationships with vendors and venues
  • Assist in planning event details and plan for potential scenarios that could impact the integrity of the event
  • Manage events and address potential problems that may arise
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Institutional Advancement

Required Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, event planning, or related field
  • Experience: Two (2) to four (4) years of relevant experience or training
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Strong portfolio of creative work
    • Excellent prioritization, organization, and project management skills
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Skilled in writing and editing content with an attention to detail
    • Social media: Experience managing social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn preferred
    • Graphic design: Experience with software such as Illustrator, InDesign, Spark, or other graphic design programs preferred
    • Photography: Experience shooting photo in dynamic situations and editing with software such as Lightroom or Photoshop preferred
    • Video: Experience with video editing programs such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro preferred
    • Flexible schedule

Physical Requirements: This job primarily operates in-person in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and printers.

FLSA Classification: Exempt

To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to careers@popefranciscenter.org

Pope Francis Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, or any other applicable protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.