Communications and Event Coordinator, Paws With A Cause

Job Title

Communications and Events Coordinator


Paws With A Cause

About the Organization

Paws With A Cause® is a national organization headquartered just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. PAWS® raises and trains Assistance Dogs for clients with disabilities. Each dog’s training program is customized to accommodate the unique needs of individuals with various types of disabilities.

Mission Statement – Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.

Vision Statement – Embracing innovation to address the aging population and to strengthen families living with disabilities.

Core Values – All employees must adhere to PAWS® Core Values: Transformational Change, Leadership, Excellence, Teamwork, Stewardship, Celebration

Job Duties

The person in this position will work with the development team and other staff members to write and produce outreach materials and provide communication support, with primary focus on the newsletters, appeals and direct mail, collateral donor materials, and annual impact report. The person in this position will also be responsible for creating and managing an internal communications system. In addition, this person will also serve as an events coordinator planning and implementing a variety of events as assigned by the External Relations Manager.

Supervisory Responsibilities – This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Implement and manage an annual communications calendar as determined by the development team.
  • Coordinate the development and production of mailings and other promotional materials
  • Manage the design, copy and production of mailings
  • Manage and produce the Annual Impact Report and newsletters
  • Manage vendor relationships including overseeing copywriters, designers, printers and mail houses related to donor communications
  • Develop and manage internal communications system by working with key staff
  • Plan and implement a variety of PAWS events under the direction of the External Relations Manager

Other Duties:

  • Oversee the content and delivery of employee newsletter and PAWS For News, monthly donor e-communication
  • Manage repository of client, volunteer, and donor testimonials
  • Other duties as assigned


Competencies – To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Project Management – Project management and organizational skills; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Ability to manage shifting priorities and projects; High degree of flexibility and the ability to manage multiple projects and assignments at one time; High degree of time management skills.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Creative/Business-minded writing experience.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Qualifications – To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience                                                         

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in a related field; and a minimum of two years of related experience in events and communications or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills                                                      

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge and proficiency in Word Processing software (Word), Email Communication Programs (Outlook/Office 365), Spreadsheets (Excel), Power Point, CRM, and any other data collection software preferred. The ability to understand and utilize the various computer programs is needed to produce reports, letters, etc. that are required to perform the job.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals and professional journals; Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to convey information clearly and concisely.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to anticipate problems and issues; Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret statistical data.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a current driver’s license, and the points must not exceed the allotted amount to be covered under PAWS vehicle insurance. Must have reliable transportation.                                                              

Other Qualifications                                                             

Experience with nonprofit organizations preferred

Knowledge of Canva, InDesign, Constant Contact, Adobe Acrobate, PhotoShop, Social Media, and WordPress helpful

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment. Frequent telephone and computer use. Use of manual dexterity required for writing and computer use. Sitting for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

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