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Communications: Community Relations
Coordinator, Giving Programs - U.S. Figure Skating (Colorado Springs, CO)

Responsibilities Include: The Coordinator, Giving Programs is responsible for the completion of the tasks listed herein. Emphasis will be placed on ability to work in a team environment, balance multiple projects and deadlines, accuracy, timeliness, flexibility and professionalism.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree and professional experience in fundraising programs or related field is preferred. Minimum two years of experience required, preferably in fundraising, scholarships, annual giving or deferred giving campaigns. Successful candidates will have exceptional writing and editing skills and the ability to multitask while meeting aggressive deadlines. Strong computer skills, preferably PC platforms, are a must. Knowledge and experience with Adobe Suite, Microsoft programs and desktop publishing is a plus. A customer first attitude and experience working with volunteers is necessary. Willingness to work evening and weekend hours as necessary to complete assignments is expected. Candidates should be open to travel as needed for U.S. Figure Skating events.

Classification: Exempt Employee

Reporting Requirement: Reports to the Director, Communications

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Managing U.S. Figure Skating’s various giving programs, including the organization’s Annual Fund appeal and auction program (silent, live and online).
  • Coordinating and managing scholarships (Memorial Fund, Scholastic Honors Team, Joyce Komperda, etc.), including working with donors and selection committees, accounts payable and award recipients. Day-to-day management includes promotion of application periods, verifying that applications are complete and applicants meet eligibility criteria, providing selection committees with documentation and reporting, notification of awards, tracking of acceptance by recipients and ensuring scholarships are distributed in a timely manner.
  • Preparing donor communications, requests for information and other correspondence including electronic communications. (Gift acknowledgement letters, memorial acknowledgements, holiday card list, stewardship communications and newsletters, etc.).
  • Recording, analyzing, monitoring, and providing monthly reports on development activities and achievements within agreed formats and timelines.
  • Providing relevant reports and information for senior management by organizing, updating and tracking donor data and giving trends using U.S. Figure Skating’s donor management software (Bloomerang).
  • Managing all aspects of the Friends of Figure Skating (FOFS) membership group, including planning for and securing donor recognition benefits planning, executing member events, serving as a day-to-day liaison for members and providing a comprehensive list of donors by giving level for publishing in various publications, including the annual Honor Roll of Donors.
  • Coordinating various special events and functions at U.S. Figure Skating events, including those associated with FOFS, Memorial fund and the Alumni Association.
  • Collaborating with various U.S. Figure Skating departments, including events and communications to complete tasks associated with position.
  • Promoting various U.S. Figure Skating giving programs at major events (U.S. Championships, Skate America, etc.) while assisting with staffing the Marketing/Program booth on the concourse.
  • Overseeing grant proposals and assisting various departments with fulfillment of grant guidelines and reviews as necessary, including management and writing of grant usage documentation and reports.
  • Writing letters on behalf of U.S. Figure Skating as needed
  • Other duties as assigned 

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Communications: Media/Public Relations Servicing
Communications Coordinator - USA Fencing (Colorado Springs, CO)

USA Fencing is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of fencing in the United States. Its mission is to grow and promote the sport of fencing in the United States, honor its rich traditions and to achieve sustained international success.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for promoting USA Fencing’s athletes at all levels, including grassroots, veteran, junior and youth athletes. In addition, he / she will assist with updating the USA Fencing website and social media channels. This person also will assist with production of American Fencing magazine as well as membership e-newsletters.

This person will report to the Senior Communications Manager.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

1. Write feature articles for the website and magazine on athletes, clubs and key constituents of USA Fencing.

2. Engage with the communications, membership and development departments to develop new initiatives, including local outreach, donor relations and promotion of member benefits. 

3. Publicize upcoming events, athlete achievements, competition results and other newsworthy subjects.

4. Maintain lists of national and hometown media contacts.

5. Track media coverage weekly for senior, junior, cadet, veteran and wheelchair national team members as well as pertinent club news.

6. Serve as a resource for hometown media outlets.

7. Promote athlete, coach and club recognition programs.

8. Assist with updating www.usfencing.org and social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

9. Maintain athlete and coach bios, including updating domestic and international event results.

10. Create marketing support materials such as athlete cards, merchandise signs and other projects as applicable.

11. Assist the publisher of American Fencing Magazine, including editing, layout, copy, photography, ad sales and content management.

12. Provide excellent customer service to USA Fencing members and media contacts.

Required Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public/media relations, communications or equivalent, and relevant, experience.
  • 1-3 years of post-graduate experience in journalism, sports information, media relations or a related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Highly developed verbal and written communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency in design software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and / or video editing products (Final Cut Pro, Elements) is preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate with other departments as well as outside organizations and constituents.  
  • Ability to prioritize projects, manage time efficiently, handle details and follow several projects simultaneously to conclusion. 
  • Experience working with a web-based content management system.
  • Experience in the fencing industry and/or sport background is a valuable qualification, although not required.

Other Information

  • The USA Fencing National Office is located in Colorado Springs, CO; ability to work from National Office is required.

Application Materials

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3-5 published samples of your work. Samples must include 2-3 writing samples. Applicants also may provide additional multi-media work samples. Applications without samples WILL NOT be considered.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to provide 3-5 published samples of your work?


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