Communications and Development Manager
The Manager of Communications & Development’s primary goal is to ensure we achieve our mission by building strong and sustainable funding relationships and developing greater awareness of our programs and services.
In consultation with management, the Manager of Communications and Development researches current and potential funders; presents concrete plans for achieving goals; manages the solicitation of new and renewing funders; and works with all departments to draft grants and provide appropriate acknowledgment of funding. The MC&D is responsible for communication pieces, including writing and editing letters; writing content for the Wheeling Heritage website, monthly e-blast, newsletters, annual reports, social media, etc.; writing and editing direct appeals, articles for content marketing and other materials as required. This position also plays a key role in research, advocacy, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships for events.
This position will be accountable for the following primary responsibilities:
- Communicates Wheeling Heritage’s brand and initiatives efficiently and accurately via many channels (website, printed materials, social media, etc.)
- Works in partnership with our third-party web manager to ensure Wheeling Heritage’s website functions properly
- Write interesting and effective articles and press releases, prepare information for media kits, and develop and maintain company web pages.
- Design and edit promotional publications, such as brochures.
- Manage communications budgets.
- Coordinates communications efforts for special events and programming
- Manages media relations, including building relationships with media contacts and proactively securing media opportunities
- Develops marketing and social media strategies, using social media data and analytics to make key decisions
- Leads efforts to continue sharpening social media presence as a way to engage supporters, build momentum and share success stories
- Develop, implement, and maintain crisis communication plans
- Establish goals for soliciting funds, and develop policies for collection and safeguarding of contributions
- Identify grants and, working with program managers, write and submit grant proposals
- Maintain the company’s corporate image and identity, which includes the use of brand standards
- Manage and work with Program Manager on special events, such as annual dinners with donor groups, etc.
- Create the company’s annual appeal campaign and other fundraising campaigns as they arise
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with donors, government officials, and media representatives
- Evaluate advertising and promotion programs for compatibility with public relations efforts
- Responsibility source and negotiate advertising opportunities for outside businesses and organizations on Weelunk
- Develop, implement, and manage communications and marketing for the Wheeling Artisan Center Shop
This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.
All interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Scott Schenerlein at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preserve WV AmeriCorps Program Opportunities
The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s statewide national service initiative where members help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. Wheeling Heritage is a proud partner of the PAWV and has sponsored several AmeriCorps members to support our mission to be a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling.
Wheeling Heritage’s AmeriCorps member will develop research-based, historical pieces for Weelunk.com. Articles must meet certain criteria, be rooted in Wheeling’s shared history and culture, foster pride and promote preservation in Wheeling.
Previous AmeriCorps members have conducted surveys of our historic neighborhoods, created walking tours, preserved cemeteries, and contributed content to Weelunk – our online magazine. AmeriCorp members typically begin their service in September and work as full-time members of the team for 12 months.
Visit PAWV.org to apply now and learn more about AmeriCorps opportunities throughout West Virginia.
“Serving as an AmeriCorps at Wheeling Heritage has been a joy. While a year of service is not without its challenges, the historical density of Wheeling makes it easy to write content for Weelunk. There’s always something new to uncover, and many enthusiastic residents that are happy to fill you in on the local lore.”
Kate Wietor, 2021 AmeriCorps Member
Internships at Wheeling Heritage
Being an intern at Wheeling Heritage can be the first step in the development of your career. Internships offer you the chance to integrate classroom theory with real-world experience. Interns have made strong contributions to the success of Wheeling Heritage. We are proud to offer diverse learning opportunities to the students of the Wheeling area and beyond. We look forward to working with you! Contact Alex Panas for more information, or apply below.
During my internship with Wheeling Heritage, I worked on their podcast projects. Through this, I was able to write a series of recap articles for Weelunk and refine my research and writing. It was great to be able to apply these skills in a supportive environment with the help of the Wheeling Heritage team members, and I loved learning more about the history of my own hometown in the process.”
Katherine Leary, Wellesley College, 2020 History and Writing Intern
My time spent with Wheeling Heritage allowed me to be hands-on within the community and learn so much about arts programming from the ground up. I now work for the Ohio Citizens for the Arts where I am using the skills I learned at Wheeling Heritage to help with my organization’s rebranding and storytelling.”
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, The Ohio State University, 2020 Arts and Culture Intern