Great Lakes Fund seeks first pro

CHICAGO: Hoping to interact more effectively with several audiences, the Great Lakes Protection Fund is searching for its first-ever head of communications and knowledge management.

CHICAGO: Hoping to interact more effectively with several audiences, the Great Lakes Protection Fund is searching for its first-ever head of communications and knowledge management.

CHICAGO: Hoping to interact more effectively with several

audiences, the Great Lakes Protection Fund is searching for its

first-ever head of communications and knowledge management.



The group is hoping to improve communications with its grant recipients

as well as aid grantees in getting publicity for their work.

Additionally, the fund is said to be eager to up its Web presence.



The 11-year-old organization, a private, nonprofit corporation, boasts

an endowment of dollars 135 million and awards dollars 5 to dollars 7

million annually for projects to improve the environmental health of the

Great Lakes region.



It has given away dollars 55 million since its creation in 1989 by the

governors of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, New York

and Pennsylvania.



’One of the things we see as an opportunity is to better network our

grantees,’ said J. David Rankin, the fund’s program director. ’That

isn’t to say we aren’t looking for someone to do traditional

communications work for us.’



While the fund isn’t concerned about gaining media attention, the new

head of communications (an exact title for the job hasn’t been set) will

help grantees garner attention for their projects. The person will also

recruit graphic and Web design consultants to help the fund recharge its

Internet presence.



’We’re casting a wide net in terms of qualifications,’ Rankin said.



Applicants need a graduate degree and professional experience in

knowledge management, marketing, communications or a related field. Web

content development skills and experience working with elected officials

and policymakers are also high on the list of qualifications.



The first question Rankin plans to ask applicants: what would you call

this position, and why?



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