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Impact Public Schools (Tukwila, WA)
Impact Public Schools (IPS) invites passionate individuals with a background in communications, marketing and/or public relations to apply for the position of Communications Specialist located in Tukwila, WA (just south of Seattle). This remote position will require approximately 16 hours per week, with the potential for a transition into a full-time position beginning Fall 2021.
Being a part of the Impact team is a unique opportunity. We are deeply committed to achieving our mission of preparing a diverse population of students to succeed in college and impact communities as the next generation of equity-driven, innovative leaders. Our schools are small, tightly-knit families where every child is known, guided by an individual learning plan and loved by an adult mentor. Our strong community is rooted in high expectations, joy and exudes our core values:
- Bold Ambitions – We envision self-driven students and adults who develop the skills, habits and mindsets to impact communities and invent the future; we support one another in achieving step-by-step excellence along the way.
- Brave Solidarity – Diversity strengthens and enlivens us. Dissatisfied yet optimistic, we bring a lens of equity and inclusion to each decision and each day.
- Team WA – All of Washington is our team. We are powerful when we work together, so we build relationships based on empathy and strive together towards outstanding outcomes for all public school students.
- Everyone Grows – We approach each day as an opportunity to learn and grow. We work hard towards our own just-right goals, cheering each other on as we redefine potential.
- Play Big – We celebrate. We wonder. We ask. We make and invent and imagine. We play big.
- Intention – In the tiny and the huge, we keep the end in mind and reflect on the potential effects of our choices.
The Communications Specialist is responsible for building strong brand recognition through a cohesive communications plan in communities across the South Puget Sound to assist in recruitment (student and faculty), enrollment, fundraising and engagement efforts. The Communications Specialist reports to the CEO and works closely with the Director of Community Outreach and other Home Office leaders.
Essential Functions of the Communications Specialist
Strategic Communications Development: Create an annual communications strategy across a broad range of platforms, including Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, MailChimp, Twitter and organization’s website for multiple audiences. Develop strategy, goals and milestones on all marketing and other communications efforts.
Marketing & Graphic Design: Draft marketing materials for review using branding skeletons and style guide, develop and drive social media campaigns and newspaper ads. Able to interpret engagement and efficacy data across multiple digital platforms, synthesizing information to inform broad communications strategy, as well as changes to strategies on individual platforms. Oversee effectiveness and impact of branded communication efforts to make informed decisions on future communications strategies.
Media Relations: Draft and disseminate press releases, updating the IPS Media List and working with WA Charters and Strategies 360 to build a strong media presence.
Systems Building: Consistently codify practices to eliminate redundancy and develop systems that will increase efficiency and support rapid growth of organization. Develop branding skeletons to use on specific platforms (i.e. MailChimp newsletter templates specifically for funders) that can be stored and edited for individual schools as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Characteristics:
- Strong writing skills.
- Detail-Oriented: Excellent editing and proofreading skills, with close attention to brand adherence and cohesion.
- Systems-Builder: Experience and relentless commitment to building, monitoring, and codifying communications systems to realize efficiency and prepare to support the organization as it grows to scale.
- Holds a High Bar: Excellent communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Ability to hold others accountable and to high expectations, with high support. Committed to growing and welcomes feedback.
- Thrives in Startup Environment: Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, highly disciplined, but sometimes unpredictable nonprofit environment. Willingness to work autonomously, collaboratively, and/or under the direction of senior staff, as needed. Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
- Commitment to Mission & Equity: Strong belief in the IPS mission and educational model. Demonstrated commitment to equity. Exceptionally high integrity. Fully aligned to IPS core values.
- Graphic Design Skills (a plus): Skilled in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator or equivalent program(s).
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Minimum 2-4 years of writing, communications, design or PR/marketing experience
- Previous start-up experience and/or experience in a high-performing organization a plus
This is an hourly position paid at a competitive rate. Benefits are not offered for part-time positions of this nature.
Commitment to Diversity:
IPS seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of our student movement.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Equal employment opportunity and respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Impact Public Schools (IPS). IPS prohibits and does not tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior. All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age, military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other protected class as established by federal, state, or local law. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Jen Wickens, CEO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in this position? Please visit impactps.org/careers to apply online by Friday, September 11, 2020. You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter.