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February 14, 2017

This is What Democracy Looks Like

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It’s hard to miss, and hard not to celebrate, the levels of energy and engagement in our participatory democracy we’re seeing today. People aren’t just taking to social media to make their voices heard; they’re joining their neighbors and going to marches and meetings and rallies in cities and towns across the country. Folks who’d never thought about running for political office are thinking about it now.

It’s thrilling, and encouraging, to see due attention paid to responsible and responsive government. But engagement – and impact on people’s lives – doesn’t, of course, stop at government. Civil society, the non-governmental organizations and institutions that also drive the will of citizens and residents, responds to communities’ needs on the ground and helps people every day in every corner of the nation, in a way government often cannot.

As an agency that is both a nonprofit devoted to capacity building in the social sector, and as a business whose mission is to amplify nonprofits’ and foundations’ impact, we know that the role of civil society in preserving rights and in building more just, inclusive and healthy communities is more important than it has ever been. That’s why we do what we do, and it’s why we so deeply admire and respect what you do, as a member of this utterly indispensable “third sector.” Every day we share your indispensable work defending the vulnerable and advancing principles like fairness, inclusivity and prosperity for all.

Indeed, as many are saying at events across the country, this is what democracy looks like.

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November 9, 2016

Join Our Team! We are Hiring a Design Director

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Design Director – Hershey Cause Communications

Hershey Cause Communications, one of the first mission-driven strategic communications agencies and a pioneer in the field of cause communications, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic design leader who wants to change the world for the better.

The Design Director is responsible for providing a creative spark and executing quality print and web design. Hershey Cause Communications is a full-service agency, so it’s important that our Design Director have experience with – and mastery of – brand identity development and roll-out, print collateral, website architecture and design and e-newsletter design. The Design Director supervises a full-time Senior Designer and may work with designated Creative Directors, if necessary. A creative professional, the Design Director will have a great eye and a passion for design, and work collaboratively with the Marketing and Account teams. 

Critical Job Responsibilities

Creative Production / Account Management

  • Manage design resources including other designers, vendors, freelancers – including web developers
  • Coordinate with project manager on developing production schedules, staying one step ahead of workflow and staffing needs
  • Provide quality control on all design projects
  • Maintain digital files and paperwork
  • Production of print mechanicals
  • Oversee printers’ proofs and handle press checks

Design Skills

  • Produce consistently brilliant creative within set timeframes
  • Lead creative projects and manage / oversee design projects from start to finish
  • Lead and educate the staff in creative processes
  • Lead and creative direct photo shoots and location scouts if needed
  • Demonstrate web design and UX/UI savvy; keep up with latest trends and technology
  • Leverage design to provide solutions to client needs

Internal Marketing

  • Manage design and updates for internal marketing components including websites and e-newsletters (knowledge of WordPress is a plus)
  • Coordinate with project manager on design needs for new business proposals and pitches
  • Assist in the development of Hershey Cause capabilities and collateral materials
  • Participate in networking opportunities and represent the agency at relevant events and conferences

Minimum Requirements

Education and/or Experience

  • 5+ years agency experience
  • Experience supervising managing teams
  • Bachelor’s degree in communication arts, marketing and design or related field

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong portfolio across a variety of disciplines
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to build both solid internal and client relationships
  • Possess understanding of the marriage of words and pictures for a successful design project
  • Understanding of how a visual brand is executed across all mediums – print to digital
  • Experience directing complex and large scale projects
  • Expert in the use of typography, color theory, layout and communication across a wide variety of design deliverables (digital and print)
  • Demonstrates a critical user-based perspective for all design decisions
  • Proven ability to express complex ideas through design in innovative, clear and provocative ways
  • Attention to detail at the highest level with a keen eye for proofreading copy and content; excellent spelling and grammar skills
  • Very strong organizational skills
  • Agile, flexible and a solution based thinker
  • Works well under pressure and multiple deadlines managing overlapping projects and adapting to scheduling modifications
  • Able to communicate ideas effectively to and between creatives and non-creatives
  • Social media savvy
  • Proficient with prominent design applications:
    • Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop
    • WordPress
    •  Mac/OS
    • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint
    • Keynote

All team members should strive to consistently exhibit our core values and guiding principles.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The following are essential to Hershey Cause Communications as a company, in our work, with our clients, and within and among ourselves:

  • Consistent Timeless Quality. Best-in-class pros.
  • Intelligence permeates everything we do. Thoughtful.
  • Always thinking ahead. First to spot big ideas.
  • Excited about our work. Passionate about what we do.
  • A “realness” in ourselves, our work and our clients. Authentic.

CORE VALUES

The following are qualities that we embrace in our team and in our clients:

Positive                           Energetic

Approachable              Passionate

Accountability              Authenticity

Collaboration                Quality

Vision                               Clarity

Passion                           Honest

Diverse                            Humor

Creative                           Intelligent

 

About Hershey Cause Communications

Hershey Cause Communications is a mission-driven strategic marketing and communications agency that creates positive social change on behalf of companies, foundations, nonprofits and the public sector. Based in Los Angeles, the agency also provides communication tools and training to over 20,000 nonprofit organizations in over 25 countries. For more information, visit www.hersheycause.com.

If our mission and values align with yours, if your skills and experience match what we’ve outlined above and if you’re serious about having a positive impact on the world by using “Communications for Good,” we’d love to hear from you.

Please send resumes, cover letters and portfolio per the following instructions to Juliet Gifford at info@hersheycause.com.

  • Resume should include work experience, skills, education and salary history
  • Cover letter should include the following:
    • Why do you want to work at Hershey Cause Communications?
    • Why this position is attractive and would be satisfying?
    • What do you bring to this position? How do your skills and experience match the job?
    • Your desired career path
    • Portfolio of design samples

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November 9, 2016

POV: Come Heal or High Water

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Well, it’s finally over. No matter how you felt about the candidates or whom you supported, we’re pretty sure everyone is glad that the worst, ugliest election cycle in recent memory is behind us.

Now that Election 2016 is history, no doubt there is work to be done on the causes we care about most. But we also think it’s important to stop and think about how much we, as Americans, share. We’ll spare you clichés about everyone wanting a brighter future for their children (which is of course true), but suffice it to say that much more still unites than divides us. And ultimately, we have to find ways to work together, live together and realize our common dreams and ambitions together. 

Before we can do that, we need to heal. At HCC we believe strongly that everyone shares a responsibility to bridge the enormous chasms that, truth be told, have always existed in the United States, but that have newly been laid bare through this election. That’s why, in the spirit of healing, we offer five steps we can all take to begin to find commonality, trust and ultimately hope for a better nation and a better world. After all, that really is what we all want.

1) Reach across the aisle. It goes both ways and we can’t solve any persistent problems without all sides doing their part.

2) Practice understanding and tolerance instead of demonizing those who think differently than we do. The country is divided because we have real problems. We need to get out beyond our usual circles and learn why others feel the way they do.

3) Stay constructive and positive. Posting/sharing/supporting ideas that just insult or belittle is never helpful. And rarely if ever has anyone changed his or her views as a result of a Facebook or Twitter post attacking what they believe.

4) Find the commonalities. Families. Pets. Activities. We are so much more alike than we are different.

5) Support the leaders who are bridge builders and are adept at conflict resolution. Better yet, “be the change” — become those kinds of leaders ourselves.

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October 18, 2016

POV: Looking Where We Haven’t Looked

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Finding solutions to the most daunting problems facing humanity is a hard job. Yet, if you’re receiving this newsletter, chances are it’s exactly the challenge you take on in your work every day.

At Southern California Grantmakers’ Annual Conference last month, we heard a story from Bryonn Bain of UCLA about legendary musician and activist Harry Belafonte. When he would misplace things as a child, Mr. Belafonte’s mother would ask him, “Harry, you’ve looked everywhere, but have you looked where you haven’t looked?” It’s a deceptively simple reminder that, when looking for answers, sometimes we should be looking exactly where we don’t think we need to. When it comes to solving big, pressing problems, this just might mean looking to the people, the places, the communities where we haven’t looked.

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August 2, 2016

Join our Team! We are Hiring an Account Director

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Are you driven to do work that makes the world a better place? Have you honed your communications expertise at an agency and are now ready to work with clients that feed your soul? Are you a natural born connecter – of both ideas and people? Are you the one your clients count on to keep complex projects organized and make sure every deadline is met? Do you frequently end your tweets with #ILoveLA?

Hershey Cause Communications, one of the first mission-driven strategic communications agencies and a pioneer in the field of cause communications, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic communicator who wants to change the world for the better. We work nationally but are grounded in Los Angeles’s rich and diverse culture. We have a uniquely “LA” spirit of innovation that helps our clients transform fields like healthcare, education, the environment and domestic violence by providing strategy, insight, planning and implementation across media that build influence and amplify impact.

The Account Director is a key position at Hershey Cause Communications. A seasoned communications and marketing professional with exceptional client/account management and people skills, the Account Director is responsible for leading several of our client accounts, bringing a strategic mindset; top-notch ideas and skills in communications and public relations; and a positive, team-oriented attitude to the job. Like us, the ideal person for this position embodies our values: excellence, quality, substance, vision, energy, warmth and authenticity.

 Critical Job Responsibilities

Strategic Marketing and Communications

  • Manage and lead strategy development of a full range of marketing and communications projects and campaigns including public relations, branding, advertising, digital and social media, event planning, message development, collateral development and more
  • Oversee the execution of marketing and communications projects
  • Develop strategies and work plans
  • Provide creative solutions to client projects, grounded in knowledge and experience communicating to diverse populations

Account Management

  • Lead account management of clients
  • Primary point of contact for client, ensuring client project goals are achieved and service and quality expectations are exceeded
  • Build and supervise teams of people necessary for client accounts and projects
  • Develop and manage project timelines and production schedules and ensure that projects are delivered on-time
  • Establish client budgets and monitor job cost accounting, based on supplied reports
    • Weekly monitoring of client accounts
    • Monthly projections and identifying priorities for the month
  • In partnership with the Operations team, responsible for managing the cost, schedule and performance for client engagements and ensuring the client experience is exceptional

New Business Development

  • Generate new business with current client accounts
  • Lead/assist in the preparation and implementation of new business proposals and pitches
  • Participate in networking opportunities including trainings and speaking engagements development of white papers, etc.

Agency Marketing and Promotion

  • Participate in bi-weekly agency marketing meetings
  • Periodically contribute content for the agency’s blog or newsletter
  • Provide counsel for and help develop marketing strategy and tactics
  • Contribute to the agency’s social media presence while at conferences and events

 Professional Development and Administration

  • Supervise account team members and contribute to their short and long-term professional development
  • Participate in agency meetings
  • Stay abreast of industry news and trends
  • Participate in staff recruitment and hiring/vetting processes; train new account staff

 

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

  • At least seven years of experience in marketing communications, public relations, advertising or related field
  • Three to five years of agency experience, supervising projects and teams
  • Degree in marketing, communications, public relations or related field preferred
  • Strong project management skills required

Skills and Abilities

  • Record of achievement in marketing communications, media relations and creative services
  • Proven expertise in reaching the diverse communities of California
  • Expertise/industry knowledge in philanthropy, public policy and/or social entrepreneurship
  • Strong organizational, follow-through and time management skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated success with project planning, project management tools, budget development, resource planning and delivery
  • Ability to translate client requirements into strategic concepts
  • Impeccable speaking and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to build and maintain client relations and direct project members
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel and PPT. Must be able to work on a Mac platform

 

Our mission, core values and guiding principles are at the center of everything we do.

Mission

We use communications to make a positive difference in the world

 

Guiding Principles

The following are essential to Hershey Cause Communications as a company, in our work, with our clients, and within and among ourselves:

Consistent Excellence. Timeless Quality. Best-in-class pros.

Intelligence permeates everything we do. Thoughtful.

Always thinking ahead. Vision. First to spot big ideas.

Energy. Excited about our work. Passionate about what we do.

Warmth. A “realness” in ourselves, our work and our clients. Authentic.

 

Core Values

The following are qualities that we embrace in our team and in our clients:

Positive                           Energetic

Approachable              Passionate

Accountability              Authenticity

Collaboration                Quality

Vision                               Clarity

Passion                           Honest

Diverse                            Humor

Creative                           Intelligent

If our mission and values align with yours, if your skills and experience match what we’ve outlined above and if you’re serious about having a positive impact on the world by using “Communications for Good,” we’d love to hear from you.

Please send resumes, cover letters and writing samples per the following instructions to Juliet Gifford at careers@hersheycause.com

1)  Resume should include work experience, skills, education and salary history

2)  Cover letter should include the following:

  • Why do you want to work at Hershey Cause Communications?
  • Why this position is attractive and would be satisfying?
  • What do you bring to this position? How do your skills and experience match the job?
  • Your desired career path

3)  A brief professional writing sample (report, memo, correspondence) that illustrates your ability to describe an issue and/or delineate next steps or recommendations. This document should be an example of your writing abilities, critical thinking, and mastery of form (i.e. layout, presentation, design, etc.)

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