Manager of Communications & Events

Manager of Communications & Events
Organization Name: 
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Job Category: 
Job Description: 

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The mission of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is to grow philanthropy to help respond to critical need, seed innovation, and lead and convene the community. Comprised of donor advised funds, permanent funds, giving circles, and other charitable endowments, the Community Foundation works to build a community that works for everyone. We believe that our community is stronger when all people are respected, welcomed, and invited to share their assets and contributions in community building. We work to bring about a more equitable and inclusive prosperity that marries our economic strength with the full breadth of our diverse community. We are wholeheartedly devoted to our neediest neighbors and most vulnerable and marginalized populations and work tirelessly to better meet their needs. In the last two years the Community Foundation awarded $20 million in grants and scholarships and now reports $89 million in managed philanthropic assets.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation gender identity or expression, veteran status or disability. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Title:  Manager of Communications & Events

Location:  Oakton, VA 22124

Reports to:  Vice President of Marketing & Events

Terms:  Full Time Exempt


Job Duties:

The Manager of Communications & Events designs and manages the Community Foundation’s digital communications activities, including the creation/maintenance of website content, bi-monthly newsletters and impact stories, digital advertising, and press releases.  S/he supports the Community Foundation’s events. This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing & Events.

1. Digital Marketing & Communications

  • Develop the Community Foundation’s digital marketing strategy to align with its overarching strategic marketing and communications plan, including its digital advertising through Google and Social Media platforms and its external communications calendar.  Present strategic guidance and direction to increase the organization’s SEO and build reach and engagement with the community.
  • Maintain and manage all website content
  • Manage the Community Foundation’s social media presence and reach, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram
  • Design and distribute the Community Foundation’s Constant Contact e-mail blasts and newsletters
  • Develop text and display ads and maintain the Community Foundation’s Google Ad and AdGrant Accounts

2. Press Management 

  • Maintain media contact list, targeting local, regional, and national sources for the Community Foundation’s leadership initiatives and impact stories
  • Prepare and issue press releases (one to two per quarter); follow-up phone and email communications to encourage press and media coverage and promotion of the Community Foundation, its news and events
  • Develop creative impact stories about Community Foundation grantees, donors and community
  • Maintain photo and video image files to facilitate print and digital media requests

3. Community Events:

  • Assist the Vice President of Marketing & Events with the logistics for the Community Foundation’s annual Gala, its mission critical fundraising event
  • Assist the Vice President of Marketing & Events to plan and prepare for the following events:
    • Shape of the Region Conference
    • Innovation Breakfast Series (1-2 per year)
    • Insight Region Events (1-2 per year)
    • Cocktails & Conversation (2 per year)
    • Community Conversation or other Community Leadership events
    • Holiday Party
  • Support the Community Foundation staff members to prepare for giving circle events or local convenings as needed

4. Administrative:

  • Maintain quarterly metrics on the Community Foundation’s digital and print media placements for archival purposes
  • Utilize and update CSuite – the Community Foundation’s database - with lists from event attendance, the media, grantees and more
  • Support Community Foundation staff as needed with their communications requests



  • Background in Marketing, Communication, Nonprofit Management or other related discipline
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience with digital marketing and communications services including website editing, social media management, organic and paid digital advertising strategies and search engine optimization
  • Direct experience with Google AdGrants a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office, specifically Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Creative and Flexible
  • Customer service oriented
  • Organized and detail-oriented, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Interested in philanthropy and generally socially conscious individual
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently

Salary:  $64,000


  • 4 Weeks PTO
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Health Insurance

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 31, 2021