This position is based in the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s New York City office.
About the Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) spun off into a separate 501(c)(3) entity in 2015 and is now a national membership network with a mission to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys.
CBMA’s work sits at the intersection of movement- and field-building, supporting local leaders on the ground while at same time amplifying and catalyzing the Black Male Achievement movement across the country. We have 5,000 individual members and 2,700 organizational members representing a vast array of providers, policymakers, and stakeholders.
Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) continues to grow its presence across the nation to elevate the CBMA brand and increase the awareness of Black male achievement (BMA) as both a field and a movement, nationally. We support BMA leaders across the United States and work to shift the public narrative to one that affirms Black men and boys as assets rather than as liabilities and threats. BMR is part of CBMA’s ongoing narrative change work to ensure more accurate depictions of Black men and boys, and their communities through a series of public events, monthly network calls, webinars, social media campaigns and partnerships with mainstream outlets such as Vice.com, Cassius, and the Root.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Development the Communications Manager serves as an integral member of the communications and development team providing support in setting the overall strategies to increase CBMA’s brand awareness; achieve development and program goals; as well as advancing new ideas and innovation that align with CBMA’s organizational mission.
The Communications Manager will be responsible for the managing CBMA’s Communications via multi-media platforms including but not limited to social media, web-content and e-blasts, and newsletters for three distinct areas – field promotion, changing the narrative, and CBMA brand marketing to successfully implement strategies, the Communications Manager will build new relationships and strengthen existing ones with other BMA Organizations, community leaders, and key media outlets.
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
- Supervise all areas of communications content, including social media, online, and print
- Execute a comprehensive communications strategy to promote leaders and organizations in the field and shift the narrative around black men and boys
- Converts CBMA’s communications strategy into implementation plans and tracks progress towards those plans
- Oversee the development of publications and dynamic web strategies and platforms
- Create, produce, and manage the public relations and national messaging calendar; drive a consolidated approach to the press who are critical to advancing CBMA’s mission and goals and further its efforts to establish itself as a leading voice for black male achievement
- Develops and reviews creative concepts for field promotion and marketing initiatives; works with internal team on content development and execution and event organization and management in support of concepts
- Creates relationships with media outlets to ensure publication and media coverage of press releases and / or publications focused on BMA related topics
- Contributes to the measurement and evaluation of marketing impact, and incorporates these metrics into strategy development and execution, including the evaluation of program and grants
- Prepares reports and updates for leadership and Board
Experience / Qualifications
CBMA is seeking an experienced Communications Manager who has at least 3+ years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” role within a complex nonprofit entity. The candidate must have experience communicating with peer and competitor organizations while also writing and managing website content, press releases and periodicals, newsletters, donor communications and social media. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. Furthermore, the successful candidate will have the following traits and experience:
- Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
- Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
- Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized
- Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
- High energy, and emotional-maturity, to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills,
- An appetite for the fast-paced environment of a growing non-profit organization
- Commitment to and passion for CBMA’s mission to improve life outcomes for black men and boys
Bachelor’s degree required, a Master’s degree in related field preferred (e.g. Journalism, Communications, etc.)
· Position is full-time exempt employee
· Travel may be up to 25%
· Perform other duties as assigned
· Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and what you would bring to the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Send cover letter and resume as a single document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include Communications Manager in the subject line.
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry),
disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or
operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of
volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive
and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors,