Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with friends, festivities, and family.
Before we eat on Thanksgiving, my family has a tradition where we go around the table and each person shares one reason that they are grateful. This year, I don’t even have to think twice. My response will be, “I am so thankful to live in a place where there is such a strong sense of community.” Throughout the chaos of 2020 and 2021, Fishline remained open and was able to help our neighbors with food, financial assistance, and other services. This would never have been possible without the hard work of our staff and consistent support from our neighbors.
It amazes me that whatever barrier Fishline faces, the North Kitsap community rallies together to problem solve and overcome it. In order to demonstrate this, I want to describe a recent challenge. Every year in October, we place an order for holiday meats to ensure we have enough provisions so all our clients can enjoy the holidays. Although we confirmed it in early November, our Market Manager learned on November 12th (one business day before we were distributing the order) that it had been cancelled due to the turkey shortage. Fishline was faced with a difficult situation and was unsure how to proceed. Do we purchase gift cards to other local markets? But, by the time our clients got there, the stores would be sold out.
We reached out on social media and called friends to see if someone could help. Within an hour or two, contributions started pouring in. Nevin and Jenny Booth and their friend, Michael, came to our rescue. The trio visited 12 stores across Kitsap County purchasing hams, chickens, Cornish game hens, and turkeys to help feed our clients. Volunteers learned of our plight on Facebook and contacted local organizations for assistance. And many, many members of the community visited Fishline bringing donations of meat. Within 72 hours Fishline had gone from an empty freezer to one filled with a cornucopia of selections; it became so full that staff couldn’t enter. It was barricaded by milk crates full of turkeys.
I don’t know if another community would have sprung into action so quickly. We feel so blessed and grateful to our friends and neighbors. Thank you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services and Second Season wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. In order to give our staff and volunteers time with their family and loved ones, along with time to rest during this busy season, we have scheduled the following changes in our normal business hours at the food bank, comprehensive services and thrift store.
FISHLINE FOOD BANK AND COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES WILL BE CLOSED ON:
Thursday, November 25th Friday, November 26th Friday, December 24th Monday, December 27th Friday, December 31st
SECOND SEASON THRIFT STORE WILL BE CLOSED ON:
Thursday, November 25th Friday, November 26th Friday, December 24th Saturday December 25th Friday, December 31st Early Closure: Second Season closes at 1pm Saturday, January 1st
Employee, volunteer and client safety are priorities for Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services. Work closures, delays and early dismissals due to weather, road conditions, and power outages are always a possibility during periods of inclement weather. These guidelines outline when closures or delays will be implemented and outline how Fishline will notify employees, volunteers, and the community when this occurs.
The Management Team will monitor National Weather Service advisories for possible changes in conditions and weather-related events. When inclement weather is forecast, the following factors will determine if the predicted impacts to Fishline will warrant the need for closures, delays, or early dismissals:
Road Conditions Report from Kitsap PUD
Weather Forecasts, School Closures
Potential for Power Outages
In the event of a closure or delay, all efforts will be made to notify employees, volunteers, and clients via email by 6:00AM. These notification efforts assume that you have access to electricity and internet and/or phone service. Communications staff will also place any closure information on the Fishline Website, the Facebook Page, and Twitter to warn clients and volunteers.
Please use common sense to assess the safety and practicality of the situation. In a regional power outage, for example, Fishline is likely to have no power.
The Communications & Marketing Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors to plan, coordinate, and administer all aspects of marketing, community outreach, and donor engagement for Fishline. The ideal candidate is comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to juggle many priorities, and consistently shows up with constructive ideas and a positive attitude. S/he is relationship-oriented, and able to build strong connections both on this team and within the broader community. This position requires someone who is a Bonafede Jack or Jill of all trades: confident with all forms of communication, super tech-savvy, and willing to adapt in order to fulfill to the needs of the organization in the moment. S/he possesses a growth mindset and is committed to carrying out Fishline’s mission and vision. If this sounds like you, please read on for more details about the position.
Able to both work independently and as a productive member of a team
Able to both see the big-picture and zero in on the details
Able to organize work and successfully handle a wide range of projects simultaneously
Able to express ideas verbally, graphically, and in writing
Able to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience
Knowledge of SEO best practices
Duties & Responsibilities:
Public Relations and Marketing
Generate email marketing campaigns via Mailchimp software
Responsible for bringing together all the pieces of our printed and digitally distributed quarterly newsletter “The Current”. Next issue is scheduled for release in November 2021
Write and edit stories for monthly e-newsletters in addition to quarterly print newsletter
Keep current on the successes, challenges, and priorities of all Fishline programs and operations in order to accurately describe them to constituents through varying mediums
Co-create and implement a public relations framework, plan, and timeline
Generate press releases, media alerts, op-eds, and other copy for publication in North Kitsap outlets
Oversee and direct all media production and general branding for Fishline and its programs
Maintain and develop relationships with local businesses, civic groups, and the faith community in order to nurture their connection to our organization
Co-create and implement a comprehensive annual development plan, outlining detailed campaigns for varying constituent groups
Lead weekly meetings with Fishline’s Executive Director and Executive Assistant to discuss donor status and necessary project/work needs to continue donor cultivation
In conjunction with the Executive Director, build and maintain relationships with major donors as appropriate and identify and pursue new sources of corporate and foundation funding
Collaborate with Fishline’s Executive Assistant on all donor acknowledgement letters, and all printed and digital materials to support gift cultivation
Create and/or update all printed and digital materials to support gift cultivation
Keep up-to-date on fundraising best practices
Manage all public relations and communications for Fishline hosted events
Coordinate with staff, leadership, and volunteers to ensure successful off-site and/or digital events
Develop and implement donor appreciation and engagement events
In collaboration with the Market Manager, support food drive events
Other duties as assigned. Work must be completed at Fishline’s main office, Work from Home opportunities are not available with this position.
Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
B.A./B.S. preferred with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations or related field
2-5 years of related experience, preferably with a small organization or non-profit
1-2 years of experience with graphic design and publishing software (i.e. Publisher, InDesign, Canva, etc.)
Video production experience a plus
Experience with writing Press Releases, articles, copy writing
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud
WordPress or related website experience required
Experience and contacts in Kitsap County a plus
Knowledge of SEO best practices
Knowledge with AI marketing, audience segmentation, customer data analysis is a plus
Multilingual candidates encouraged to apply
Employee assistance program
Paid time off
How to Apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter through our listing on Indeed and complete the two assessments.