First State Educate is looking for a highly creative and results-driven Communications and Operations Manager who will create the infrastructure that changes the conversation of education in Delaware. This entrepreneurial and resourceful team member will plan and execute dynamic marketing campaigns that inform and activate stakeholders as engaged participants in our schools; take the lead in building the operational processes of an effective organization committed to communities of trust, and in the field, elevate personal narratives from constituents, forge networks, and act as the eyes and ears of the education ecosystem in Delaware. This person will thrive in a flat, small team environment where problem solving is thoughtful, fast-paced, ambiguous, and fun.
WHAT WE DO
First State Educate, First State Educate Action Fund, and the Act Together for Kids PAC will help catalyze the conditions that enable students in Delaware to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for economic freedom. Through organizing and politics, we build the infrastructure and partnerships that lead to transparency, accountability, flexibility, and innovation.
Our organizations operate in Delaware, home to fewer than one million people known as “a state of neighbors.” Delaware has 195 schools within 19 districts and 22 charters, enrolling 140,849 students in three counties.
Strategic Communications and Content Creation (85%) .In partnership with the Executive Director, execute a communications plan including both proactive and reactive strategies Write and edit concise, bold materials that intersect with advocacy work. Items will include press releases, media advisories, talking points, quotes, blogs, social media, op-eds, annual reports, and web content
Oversee maintenance of a brand-aligned website, including infographics, audio and video
Manage online communities to ensure strong engagement while developing a database of constituents using efficient technology
Research and deliver communications trainings for partner organizations and leaders
Continually identify opportunities to generate support, promote a constructive public narrative, and engage a broad diversity of voices
Develop and design materials to forge and deepen supporter relationships, including presentations for the Board of Directors and donors, event invitations and reports
Organizational Operations (15%): Establish and maintain functions and processes of the organizations including board meeting and office management in collaboration with the Executive Director
Establish document storage systems and protocols to ensure continuity
3 to 5 years communications and marketing experience writing and implementing compelling and cohesive plans, goals, and content in an advocacy, non-profit, political, or government setting
2 to 3 years training in rapid response media and knowledge of and experience using various social media channels with a vision for using them strategically to reach key stakeholder audiences
Experience with platforms for use in distributing communications
Highly proficient with Microsoft Office tools to create written documents, infographics, presentations and with data interpretation (website, email, social media metrics)
An unwavering belief that all children are capable of maximizing their potential
A confident, mature outlook and presence, sense of humor, relentless optimism, spirit of problem-solving and collaboration; calm under pressure
Able to build relationships with people with diverse backgrounds and roles – elected officials, philanthropists, school leaders, families - including those whose political or educational views are different from their own
A commitment to fostering an environment of inclusion and cultural competency
Ability to travel locally and nationally to represent the organization or to facilitate meetings
Ability to think strategically to achieve ideological goals that do not have pre-worn paths
Disciplined orientation to prioritize multiple tasks while meeting deadlines with accuracy
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE with...
Pitching stories and developing relationships with media outlets
Paid and earned media campaigns and on-the-record relations
Understanding state and federal policymaking processes and political environments
Working with elected and appointed officials and senior-level staff
Digital and social media advertising and basic video equipment
Electoral campaigns and community organizing
How to Apply
Please include a cover letter addressing what excites and inspires you about this opportunity, your resume, and two public facing writing samples. Thank you!
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