Job Opening at the Memorial Fund: Communications Specialist

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Note: This position is no longer open.



About the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (WCGMF) is a small family foundation with an office in Hamden, CT. WCGMF’s mission is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty. This mission is part of the larger work of bringing justice and equity to the United States. We focus our work in Connecticut as our home and as a state of stark inequity across racial lines.


Job Description

WCGMF seeks a Communications Specialist to assist with communications work and advocacy work oriented toward helping to create a more just and equitable society.


This is a contract position that is part time and flexible, anticipated to begin at 16 hours (equivalent to 2 full work days) per week for a six-month period. After six months, the continuation and scope for the position will be re-evaluated and adjusted according to the organization’s need.


This position reports to and collaborates with the Director of Organizational Culture. This position, on occasion, also may collaborate with other teams, such as the grantmaking team and the educational strategy team.


Required Qualifications     

  • At least 2 years of work experience in the communications field
  • Equity lens: knowledge regarding the history and ongoing negative impacts of racism and white supremacy in the United States, especially in the context of education, criminal justice, immigration, economic and political systems
  • Experience with developing communications campaigns and issue advocacy (especially in a social justice setting)
  • Strong writing/editing skills and graphic designs skills: including experience writing copy for websites, press releases, informational pamphlets, flyers, etc.  
  • Solid social media skills (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) including analytics
  • Experience with programs like MailChimp or Constant Contact
  • Ability to work remotely and independently (WCGMF offices are officially closed until further notice because of the pandemic)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Written and spoken Spanish
  • Understanding of or experience with the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors
  • Understanding of or experience with community organizing
  • Understanding of or experience with activism
  • Understanding of or experience with the legislative process for the State of Connecticut
  • Relationships with local media contacts, especially in New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, and New London


The minimum compensation will be $30/hour.


How to Apply

Please submit the following to Janée Woods, the Director of Organizational Culture, at

  • A letter of introduction that addresses these questions:
  • Who are you and what are you passionate about?
  • How are you developing your equity lens?
  • What are your strongest communications and advocacy skills?
  • A resume  
  • Two or three examples of your work

In the subject line please put “Communications Specialist Application from [Your Name].”

The application period will close on July 24, 2020 at 9am.


A formal degree from a college or university is not required for this job. Equivalent work experience can be substituted.


The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is an equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and young adults are strongly encouraged to apply, regardless of citizenship status.