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
’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
’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?