Nonprofit communications directors are responsible for a variety of communications related tasks. Many are responsible for updating and maintaining the website, shooting video, being involved in strategic thinking, social media management, e-newsletter communications, outreach communications and events planning and management.
Basic Skills and Competencies
- Good at multitasking
- Willingness to learn new skills
- Able to collaborate
- Strong writing skills
Keith Hovis is the Communications Director at the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget. At the time of this interview, he was the deputy communications director for the Minnesota Department of Education. A 2009 graduate of SJMC, he began his career as the press secretary for the St. Paul Mayor's office and then worked in communications for Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota. While at SJMC, he wrote for the Minnesota Daily and completed multiple internships at local newspapers.
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Courses to Help Prepare You (Within SJMC)
- JOUR 3102: Multimedia Production and Storytelling
- JOUR 3251: Evaluative Research in Strategic Communication
- JOUR 3270W: Professional Writing for Strategic Communication
- JOUR 3275: Digital Strategy in Strategic Communication
- JOUR 3321: Media Design
- JOUR 3775: Administrative Law and Regulation for Strategic Communication
- JOUR 3796: Mass Media and Politics
- JOUR 4243: Digital Content for Brand Communications
- JOUR 4262: Management for Strategic Communication
- JOUR 5501: Communication, Public Opinion and Social Media
Courses to Help Prepare You (Outside SJMC)
- MKTG 3001: Principles of Marketing
- MGMT 3001: Fundamentals of Management
- ABUS 4022: Management in Organizations
- COMM 3411: Small Group Communication
- OLPD 3318: Introduction to Project Management
- DES 3309: Storytelling and Design
- Consider Management Minor, Leadership Minor, Design Minor
- Ad Club
- Minnesota Daily
- University student government
- Intern in nonprofit communications
- Look for communications jobs in departments across the University
- Communications Director: Job description, salary and outlook
- Public Relations Manager, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- International Association of Business Communicators
- National Associaton of Government Communicators
- Association of Communicators in Education
Potential Job Titles
- Communications Manager
- Communications Coordinator
- Communications Director
- Marketing/Communications Specialist
Where Alumni Work
- Osseo Area Schools
- University of Minnesota
- City of Brooklyn Park
- Senator Jane Nelson (Texas)
- Minnesota AFL-CIO
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture
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