Q2030 Communication & Project Director

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Job Description
Job Summary: 
The Q2030 Communication & Project Director will be a part of a small team responsible for driving Q2030’s work forward, in particular supporting day-to-day communications, administration, community engagement and data reporting. This staff person will be the designated communications professional and strategic marketer of the Q2030 Regional Action plan and work closely with staff liaisons of assigned Q2030 work groups to draw attention to their efforts and connect the dots in pursuit of the Q2030 goals.  Individual must be highly organized with the ability to coordinate, analyze and interact effectively with top level management in the private and public sectors. Must possess project management experience and professional communication skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. This position plays a critical role in the community’s shared strategy to put the Quad Cities atop the competition for a talented workforce, jobs, capital investment and opportunities for all Quad Citizens.
*Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
*Essential Functions to be performed with or without a reasonable accommodation
Working with community partners:
  • Develops and maintains relationships with community partners
  • Maintains data base of community partners and Q2030 work group members and organize outreach for upcoming meetings, events, including follow-up as needed
  • Works with work group Champions and staff liaisons to plan, schedule, program (develop agenda), obtain record of and report the results of all meetings
  • Works with Loaned Executive to update outreach strategy as new needs emerge
  • Participates annually in a minimum of two community events, continuing education activities or other initiatives to build relationships with diverse populations and / or strengthen cultural competency important to fulfilling the mission of the Chamber and Q2030.
Strategic coherence:
  • Plans and manage logistics of assigned meetings and attend community events
  • Maintains general understanding of implementation efforts and work with leaders to share stories, identifies challenges and explores comprehensive solutions to address them
  • Provides or arranges for support to help partner organizations/Q2030 work groups align their collaborative efforts with specific Q2030 goals 
  • Communicates the objectives of Q2030 to the community and partners, including sharing the Q2030 data, stories of alignment, details of the plan or other misc. collateral
  • Gathers or produces content and develop communications materials as Q2030 evolves, including quarterly and yearly reports, summary documents, brochures, FAQs and other items
  • Manages content and interactive features of the Q2030 website, including all social media feeds
  • Builds and maintains strong media and content creator relationship to improve quantity and quality of coverage and increase local awareness regional priorities and goals
  • Creates press strategy, including drafting press releases and coordinating media outlets
  • Supports community image building efforts, including a regional branding initiative
  • Is a visible ambassador through speaking engagements and attendance at key events
  • Takes initiative to ensure his / her committees, public statements, presentation materials and so on reflect the racial, ethnic, gender and age diversity of the community whenever possible.
Data collection, analysis and reporting:
  • Works with Loaned Executive to ensure all partners are aware of targets and indicators
  • Works with Chamber staff to regularly update and report regional data performance and peer standing data
  • Coordinates with partners and Chamber staff to create and deploy reports that accelerate community understanding of region’s opportunities and challenges 
Education and/or Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Communications, English, Journalism or Marketing/Public Relations is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible work experience including one or more years of proven project management, marketing, public relations & communications experience. 
  • Proficient writer with a passion for story-telling.
  • Experience with developing layouts for publications and experience placing stories and messages in major media markets.
  • Working knowledge of the technology needed to integrate social media into the Chamber’s various mediums. 
  • Highly organized, detailed-oriented approach with ability to thrive in fluid, unstructured, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Existing relationships with, or ability to build relationships with, a wide range of stakeholders, including senior executives.
  • Project management skills.
  • Must have strong writing, editing and proofreading skills as well as excellent interpersonal and public communication / presentation skills. 
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Commitment to collective impact concepts.
  • Must be able to receive and process non-public, proprietary information with high regard for privacy and confidentiality.
  • Availability to work occasional non-traditional hours (early mornings, evenings, weekends).
  • Knowledgeable of the Quad Cities region, its leaders and dynamics a plus; must take initiative to educate him/herself on new programs and current events.  Strong understanding of local and regional politics and how various groups work together.
  • Ability to make decisions, using the goals and budget of the organization to aid in making proper choices and consulting with co-workers to seek varying viewpoints.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and membership database software.
  • Command of social and digital strategies and have savvy technology skills.
  • Must be able to operate standard office equipment.
Travel: 25%
Physical Demands / Working Conditions: Regular early mornings & after-hours. The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position works in an office, and the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, i.e. copier toner.
Note:  This job description is subject to change and is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee.
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