Communications Manager - Project Based (Anchorage) Job #21-5825


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Corporate Values:  Integrity, Respectful, Leadership, Sustainable


Position Summary: This position performs professional work that includes strategic thought, leading AHFCs paid, earned, social and owned communications for the corporation’s business and operations. Daily work involves the development of communication plans and implementation of relevant and appropriate tactics to support the corporation’s goals. This is a project-based position and established using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds - this position will end when the CARES funds expire.


Corporate Values: Integrity, Respectful, Leadership, Sustainable

Reports to: Governmental Relations & Public Affairs Director   



AHFC is an independent state agency governed by a seven-member board with employees in 13 communities. Through lending partners, AHFC funds homeownership; through federal tax credits and grants, it promotes affordable housing. It leads the nation in residential energy efficiency. It has been selected by the Governor and legislature to administer a $200 million rent relief program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. See Position Summary.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:  Exempt, supervisory position.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge: Established communication models and traditional and emerging trends in public relations, advertising, marketing and social media; statewide media; developing and using analytics; business fundamentals; AP writing style; AHFC programs, operations and activities; state legislative process; statewide housing issues. 

Skills: Organization and extreme attention to detail. E
xcellent written and oral communications. Multi-tasking. Ability to develop a solid knowledge and understanding of AHFC.


Abilities: Demonstrate high ethical standards; be nimble to respond to federal program opportunities; identify audiences and develop appropriate content and vehicle for delivery; develop media savvy and relationships with excellent news judgement; pivot to accommodate new communications opportunities; work extended and alternative hours. Take initiative, manage multiple projects independently, and work effectively in a team.


Examples of Duties EXPECTED COMPLETE no fewer than one time per year:

  • Confer with Alaska Housing senior and department management to determine business objectives, then develop integrated communications work plans for approval by department director with specific, measurable and achievable goals within approved budgets to inform and engage key audiences. Ensure commitment to research and consistency in design and voice of AHFC brand to promote relevant programs, activities, policies and services.
  • Coordinate with marketing manager development and execution of external marketing plan, with events that may include participation in statewide tradeshows, conferences and conventions.
  • Coordinate with department and agency staff to publish, no later than Jan. 10 of each year, engaging written and multimedia annual report consistent with legislative mandate (see Alaska Housing Finance Corporation :: 2020 Annual Report (


Examples of Duties EXPECTED monthly:

  • Maintain intranet and develop content to inform employees of corporate activities, including Eleven:15 trainings and lead interdepartmental meetings.
  • Draft news releases; pitch and coordinate media visits and prepare staff for interviews.
  • Contribute to industry-specific newsletter, Home Delivery.
  • Write speeches, develop talking points, respond to inquiries from governor and legislature.
  • Monitor budget reports for department adherence.


Examples of Duties EXPECTED WEEKLY:

  • Track and report brand mentions, ratings and reviews across social networks and engage with audiences.       
  • Update GRPA director and senior managers on completed and upcoming activities.


Examples of Duties EXPECTED DAILY:

  • Write interesting content appropriate for external social media and intranet.
  • Anticipate media-friendly story ideas and trends and collect necessary information from communities/departments for internal or external use.
  • Engage with staff and agency partners for execution of approved work plans.


Examples of OTHER Duties:

Direct individual corporate campaigns that may include quantitative and qualitative research, public relations, advertising, marketing and social media. 


Solicit for agency partners through competitive RFP process and manage relevant agency relationships.


Support grand openings and other events where AHFC is involved.

Respond to public inquiries about AHFC’s programs and policies through formal Public Records Act/Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)/social media posts, and otherwise.


Support crisis communications preparation and response.


Others as assigned.           

Minimum Requirements



Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in communications, business or social services, and five years or more experience performing: 

  1. Communication functions in a leadership capacity that are tied to business objectives;
  2. Budget planning and adherence;
  3. Management of employees or volunteers


Must be able to demonstrate ability to write for targeted audiences and variety of vehicles with attention to grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and engagement for newsletters, news releases, web, social media, speeches and other.


Substitution: Additional professional experience in (a), (b), and (c) above may be substituted for the college education on a year for year basis.


This is a level 21 position with an annual salary of $72,468.48 (26 pay periods).  Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and leave package.


All external applicants tentatively selected for this position shall be required to submit to urinalysis and breath alcohol testing to screen for illegal drug/alcohol use.





AHFC provides employment opportunities to low and very-low income persons, in compliance with Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968. Public Housing Residents are encouraged to apply.