Communications Associate

The Heinz Endowments


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The Organization

The Heinz Endowments (the Endowments) is a regional foundation formed from the Howard Heinz Endowment, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986. It is the product of a deep family commitment to community and the common good that began with H. J. Heinz, and which continues to this day.

The Endowments seeks to help the region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges. They concentrate on advancing a sustainable future for our community and planet, successful learning outcomes for young people and their families, and a culture of engaged creativity for all our citizens.

With grantmaking that averages almost $90 million annually, the Endowments is among the leading foundations in the United States. The impact of their grants lies in the possibilities they create, the critical need they address and the transformative change they help to bring about.

The Heinz Endowments seeks to:

  • Help ignite and sustain a new era of regional transformation by facilitating demonstrable and exemplary progress in areas critical to the community’s future.
  • Have a material and systemic impact on the priorities identified by its program areas and special initiatives.
  • Be a leading national benchmark for foundation effectiveness, ethics, regional focus, and general excellence in philanthropy.
  • Promote the advancement of a sustainable, diverse, and inclusive society.
  • Preserve its ability to sustain its philanthropic impact over time by continuing the prudent and longstanding practice of living within its means and managing its assets for the long term.

Position Overview

The Heinz Endowments seeks a Communications Associate who will assist in managing communications and public relations functions with specific focus on social media and digital communications.

The Communications Associate assists the Endowments in achieving its goals of educating and informing the community about the work of the foundation; protecting, developing, and enhancing its image and identity; and increasing understanding of its mission among local and national constituent audiences, including grantees, the nonprofit sector, the public, and the Pittsburgh community.

Reporting to the Strategic Communications Manager, the Associate will work closely with members of the Communications Team and will serve in a primary role for all Endowments social media activities (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), as well as the distribution of Endowments email blasts, maintenance of the Endowments mailing lists and media contacts, and the coordination of media and client relations. This role will also serve in supporting the conception, supervision, and production of a full range of internal and external communications including printed materials, website design, content and updates, and short and long-term special assignments/projects.

Central to this position will be ensuring that the Endowments’ external communications have a consistent, engaging, and appropriate voice that vibrantly and accurately represents the core values and emphasis areas of the organization. This position requires the incumbent to ensure that work is within budget and on deadline in a timely and efficient manner.

The Communications Associate is primarily responsible for the following:

  • Serve in primary role for all social media activities (presently Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) for the Endowments. This includes production of and adherence to a digital communications calendar; researching, creating, and editing images and text for digital content; and weekly consultation with the Strategic Communications Manager and Vice President of Communications regarding upcoming digital communications schedule.
  • Ongoing data analysis of digital media platforms, with an aim of expanding the audiences of both specific social media posts and the overall reach of the Endowments’ social media and website efforts.
  • Work closely with the Strategic Communications Manager in website content and design, including timely and ongoing updates of website images and text; construction of new pages and documents within the current web design program; and, as needed, the creation of stand-alone websites for occasional major events.
  • In conjunction with the Strategic Communications Manager, ensure communications needs of the Endowments’ programming staff are met, including but not limited to coordination of staff and consultants’ contributions to digital communications vehicles.
  • Assist Strategic Communications Manager and Vice President of Communications with the management and coordination of public relations, communications, and marketing initiatives – including timelines and production schedules – related to the Endowments’ digital platforms.
  • Assist with special projects, as deemed necessary by the Vice President of the Communications.
  • Assist Strategic Communications Manager in scheduling, production, management of grantee interviews and content for grantee spotlight video and text stories for the digital media platforms.
  • Maintain and update mailing lists for the Endowments’ publications, email communications, and media and public relations activities.
  • Assist in preparation of press releases, materials for press conferences, and in research for speeches and other public presentations by Endowments senior staff, including preparation of materials for board members.
  • Prepare and distribute a daily (Monday – Friday) digital news digest to staff, using the Meltwater platform.
  • Provide support for the Endowments’ “We Can Be” podcast as needed with guest research, preparation of background materials, and digital marketing materials (research e-blast and YouTube), while taking primary responsibility for social media posts.
  • Assist Communications team with administrative support as needed, including coordination and production of print and video materials; preparation and editing of institutional communications; client and public inquiries; media relations; processing of Communications invoices; and preparation of yearly budget.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Communications Associate supports the goals of the Communications Team by implementing the communications strategy and positively interacting with all departments to support communication goals. The position will generally be task oriented, requiring a candidate with a conservative, careful, and cautious approach to work. A technical expert in their field, the successful candidate will have strong follow-through and a high level of accuracy.

Demonstrable experience, competencies, and qualifications include:

  • Passion for and commitment to The Endowments’ mission as well as the community served.
  • Educational background aligned with the requirements of the position.
  • Significant experience in production and dissemination of communications materials for digital and social media platforms, and data analysis in digital reach optimization.
  • Research and oral/written communication skills, organization competency, and demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a collegial and fast-paced environment.
  • Professional acumen with the experience necessary to represent the Endowments in a professional and efficient manner.
  • An appreciation for sensitivities and perceptions of grantees, board members and others concerning program area activities.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational and project management skills and ability to meet deadlines and budgets.
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Adaptable and versatile in a changing work environment, especially with regard to innovations in office technology, digital platforms, and a willingness to achieve competency in new platforms.
  • Self-motivated and independent, able to work with a minimum of supervision and to work well with staff.
  • Must work to the highest standards of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Positive attitude, sense of humor and a commitment to being part of an energetic and goal-oriented work environment.
  • Experience in or willingness to learn navigation of Meltwater, Adobe Suite, and other digital media programs is required.

Work Environment

The Communications Associate of the Endowments will be offered the opportunity to work in a hybrid model of office/remote work.

DEI Imperative

The Heinz Endowments seeks to recruit candidates for employment that represent our diverse community in race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability. Inclusive and equitable in our recruitment and retention practices, we are dedicated to uplifting diverse opinions and backgrounds in order to grow and evolve as a welcoming workplace for all.

How to Apply

The Heinz Endowments has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Specific questions related to the position may be emailed to Michelle Pagano Heck, President, at Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact The Heinz Endowments.

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