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Communications Manager

Position Description:
AYF is seeking to hire a Communications Manager to design and implement the American Youth Foundation’s communications strategy through print and digital media and publications. This position is responsible for coordinating production of publications including the annual Founder Fire magazine, program brochures, and promotional materials. The Communications Manager will oversee and maintain the website ( and execute social media strategy for AYF programs. The role is based in our St. Louis location, but you will spend significant time, particularly in the summer, traveling to our New Hampshire and Michigan camps, where most of our staff are based and our programs are delivered.

What you will do:
You will help AYF to tell the story of our life-changing work with youth. Using print and media, you will develop and produce the tools we use to share our story with the world.

  • Develop and implement the AYF communications strategy with the Director of Advancement
  • Ensure quality of AYF brand through intentional design of brochures and publications
  • Create written content and supervise the production of the Founder Fire magazine and annual report
  • Create social media postings, supervising the use of media platforms for each of the AYF programs
  • Oversee the use of digital tools including AYF website (
  • Support marketing efforts for AYF camps and programs through the creation of digital and print media
  • Serve as project manager for external video crew to create new promotional video
  • Contribute to the overall goals of the AYF as a member of the Advancement team

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
The American Youth Foundation enthusiastically welcomes staff and participants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. AYF seeks to continually assess our practices through a broad lens of cultural competency and is committed to taking action and changing for the better of all. We are firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally and all are highly encouraged to apply.

What you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in public relations, communications or related field
  • Flexibility to travel frequently and receptive to living in a camp setting
  • Commitment to our mission and to the core values of best self, balanced living, safety, respect, responsibility, and stewardship
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with the ability to interact at all levels of the organization
  • Willingness to create and shape communications strategy, open to taking on new tasks and responsibility
  • Ability to take initiative and to work with minimal direction.
  • Creativity and flexibility to work with limited resources. You know how to get results by leveraging publicly available tools and information and are comfortable leveraging your own experience
  • High emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with social media and website management including content publishing, graphic design, photography, and digital image editing
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics

Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to enable a range of abilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

  • Position work is located in St. Louis, MO
  • Office environment
  • Merrowvista and Miniwanca’s sites necessitate the capacity to move through rugged terrain
  • Business casual, appropriate attire for multiple, differing settings
  • Hours as required to meet job demands, generally Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Travel as needed for site visits, recruitment and meetings


  • Competitive salary and benefits package are available, including:
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance available
    • Retirement package
    • Family accommodations during on-site required living periods
    • Tuition discounts for dependents
  • The AYF cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity

Recognizing the full value of all, the American Youth Foundation affords equal opportunity for employment and program participation to all individuals on the basis of merit and/or eligibility without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.