Communications Specialist

YMCA SOUTHCOAST, New Bedford, Massachusetts

Date PostedSeptember 27, 2018
Job StatusPart-time
Salary$17-$20 Hourly | 25 Hours per week

Job Overview 
Assist with the coordination of communication efforts externally and internally for YMCA SOUTHCOAST and it's six branch locations. This position supports the Culture & Engagement Team in playing a key role for the organization's reputation with its employees and the general public. Duties and responsibilities broadly support membership acquisition and retention, fundraising efforts and increased awareness of the Y's work in the community, programs and events.


  • Assist with the organization & implementation of annual Public Relations plans in consultation with Supervisor
  • Work as a member of the Y's Culture & Engagement Team to advance communication, philanthropy and member engagement
  • Assist with coordination & editing for marketing and donor communication vehicles both on and off-line, including but not limited to newsletters, e-newsletters, appeals, acknowledgments etc.
  • Manage updates & improvements on Y websites
  • Manage YMCASC's Social Media presence via Facebook, email marketing, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, etc. as directed by Supervisor
  • Collaborate with Culture & Engagement Team to keep all content (print, digital and spoken) updated and accurate
  • Assist with coordination of media outreach & coverage with media releases, scripting TV/radio interviews, feature stories, PSAs, press conferences, etc.
  • Create and coordinate public speaking engagements with/for Y spokespeople
  • Capture and edit still and video imagery of events, activities, etc. for use in publications, media, web etc. and ensure appropriate releases are signed and filed; maintain graphics & photo files.


  • Keep agencies’ bulletin boards updated
  • Gather Good News stories from program staff for use in all communication (internal & external)
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • BA or higher degree in marketing, public or media relations, communications, or related field, - or demonstrated min. of 2 yrs experience in one or more of these areas
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Portuguese) desired
  • Highly organized, attention to detail, results oriented
  • Exceptional verbal, written, & presentation skills
  • Strong editing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and video editing computer programs 
  • Familiarity with basic design/layout principles and Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Knowledge of electronic media such as Web sites, e-Newsletters, Social Media, & other Web 2.0 
  • Proficiency in Wordpress website management
  • Ability to creatively find solutions to challenges
  • Ability to anticipate, manage and resolve conflicts
  • Team player with leadership skills, abilities and desire to interact with people at all levels
  • Demonstrated dedication to work effectively with underserved, at-risk, and vulnerable populations
  • Ability to work effectively with community partners
  • Must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites
  • Able to meet SOP Working Conditions

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