Communications Manager

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/24/2022

Position: Communications Manager

Department: Resource Development

Reports to: Director of Communications

Status: Salary, exempt

Level: E

Compensation: $52,500 to $63,966; See Starting Salary Expectations section below.

Closing Date: August 5th

About Us:

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global home building movement and top private home builder in the country. By providing affordable housing, home repairs, skilled construction training, financial education, and volunteer opportunities, the organization has transformed millions of lives, helped stabilize communities and fostered economic vitality in the region. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and that starts with a stable and healthy place to call home.

We are intentional about building a healthy and thriving organizational culture and envision a community of staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to equitable and anti-racist practices in every facet of our organization. We engage in continual learning and seek ways to operationalize equitable practices. Our Equity Statement and Cultural Compact are living, breathing documents that we continually work toward.

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region operates out of two offices (Hillsboro and NE Portland), four brick and mortar stores (Beaverton, Gresham, and Portland), one warehouse (NE Portland), and a number of construction sites (varies). Please visit our website and social media pages to learn more.

Note to Candidates:

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We recognize that requirements for educational and experience minimums create unnecessary barriers for under-served populations in pursuing employment opportunities in which they may be successful. In considering this alongside our Equity practices, we have removed educational and experience minimum requirements in order to focus on candidates’ abilities to excel based on the responsibilities of the position. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team of committed professionals to help take our organization to new heights. This position is the primary writer and editor for the organization, skilled in creating compelling copy for blogs, marketing collateral, speeches, and email campaigns. The Communications Manager will take the lead on storytelling efforts for the organization, guiding, interviewing, mining for new stories, and developing the long-term vision of these efforts. The Manager will act as a brand manager, reviewing marketing collateral for all departments. This position will be responsible for supervising and supporting the Communications Coordinator and Communications Project Coordinator positions.


  • Act as a brand manager, reviewing all marketing collateral to ensure it meets brand and messaging guidelines and accomplishes its goals. This includes monitoring all print and digital assets and social media platforms.
  • Expand the storytelling capacity of the communications team by developing the long-term vision of our storytelling efforts. Seek out stories and write compelling content for our blog alongside the coordinator. Conduct interviews with Habitat homebuyers and homeowners.
  • Provide copywriting support for marketing collateral.
  • Work with the Development team on two annual signature fundraising events, supporting the development of talking points for speakers and on building a social media strategy to increase attendees.
  • Supervise and support the Communications Coordinator position to develop a comprehensive social media strategy that raises awareness of Habitat among current and new audiences and generates engaging content that establishes Habitat as a local thought leader. Edit the Communications Coordinator’s blogs and social media content.
  • Supervise and support the Communications Project Coordinator position to provide excellent project management support to departments across the organization.
  • Play a supporting role with the Director of Communications’ public relations efforts as needed.
  • Make basic website edits in a WordPress content management system. Work with Website Developer for more complex web updates.
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Communications on projecting and adhering to the Communications department budgeted expenses.
  • This position will occasionally require some evening and weekend work as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • We expect candidates with 3-5 years of writing experience and 1 year of management experience will be comfortable and successful in this role.
  • Exceptional writing skills and a firm grasp of the English language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills; can work independently and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Self-starter, motivated, and creative
  • Background in brand management
  • Working knowledge of web and social media best practices
  • Commitment to and respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Utilize an equity lens when creating communications.
  • Be a public supporter of Habitat for Humanity & represent the organization with positivity & consistency

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Building relationships and working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities on storytelling efforts.
  • Project management software experience

Work Environment and Physical Demands


  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment, with the opportunity to work remotely from the Portland Metropolitan region or in the office.
  • Fast-paced, open, team-oriented, business casual office
  • This position may be eligible for remote/hybrid work based on responsibilities, performance, and access to essential work-related resources.
  • The employee will routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines
  • This is largely a sedentary role with some filing work, which requires the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, bend, and stand on a stool as necessary
  • This position may have occasional local travel – typically to other Habitat locations.


  • M-F 8:30am-4:30pm. Alternative/flexible schedule considered after 6 months of employment.
  • Occasional evening/weekend work
  • Occasional overtime may be necessary.

Starting Salary Expectations:

Minimum $52,500 to range midpoint of $63,966. Placement will generally not exceed the midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The full salary range is $52,500 to $76,125.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Health insurance (medical, vision, alternative care, prescription)
  • Health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)
  • Dental insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • 3% matching 403(b) retirement plan
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Short-term & long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • And more!

How to Apply:

Submit the following materials at:

  • Cover letter addressing:

How have the personal and professional experiences you have had in your life prepared you and directed you to apply for this position?

How did you hear about this position?

  • Resume, including dates of employment
  • The names and contact information for three professional references
  • Please provide at least 2 writing samples

Employment is contingent on passing a background check.

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Note: This job description is intended as a guideline only and does not limit in any way the duties or responsibilities of any employee. Nothing herein shall be construed as a contract of employment, expressed or implied. All employment is terminable at will, with or without cause.

Listing Type
Communications | Management | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer

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