HR Communications Manager (Boston, MA)

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Full Time


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Title: HR Communications Manager (Boston, MA)
Office: National
Location: Boston, MA
Career Stage: Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Regular Full-Time


The HR Communications Manager (Boston, MA) will support all HR communications to the organization by using data analytics, consolidating messages, and leveraging appropriate internal channels to achieve maximum impact per audience. They will also leverage our Learning System and org-wide intranet to drive our people agenda and use data to support strategic, people-related decision-making. The HR Communications Manager (Boston, MA) will report to the Senior Director of Staff Learning.

This is a great opportunity for candidates who are interested in moving into the HR and people strategy space. The successful candidate will be a lover of technology who can combine past experience in communications (e.g. web design, social media) with a passion for problem solving, strategic thinking, and data analytics to create compelling messages for various audiences.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.


HR Communications

  • Build the HR brand by creating high-quality, consolidated HR communications using strategically selected channels (e.g. key stakeholder meetings vs. email vs. leadership messaging vs. other)
  • Develop and maintain process to proactively track and plan communications needs from all HR sub-teams (Administration, Talent Acquisition, Organization Development, Staff Learning)
  • Support increased collaboration within HR by streamlining internal team communications and information sharing
  • Manage internal HR meeting cadence and agendas in collaboration with HR Team Leads
  • Other duties as assigned

Systems Usability

  • Learning System (Degreed)
    • Drive adoption and usage by:
      • Pushing/featuring relevant content
      • Analyzing user patterns to inform system/content design
      • Managing tags and leveraging taxonomy to match org interest areas
      • Designing user competitions
      • Developing other creative ideas!
  • HR space on intranet (product TBD)
    • Design, adjust, and maintain HR space on org-wide intranet to ensure usability
    • Curate content to increase awareness of HR products and services
    • Analyze usage patterns and feedback to constantly improve layout and functionality
  • Collaborate with HRIS team in all HR systems to create reports, analyze data, and present data in compelling ways to support strategic HR initiatives throughout the organization
  • Support usability work on other HR systems as needed

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • 3-5 years' professional work experience
  • Prior communications experience such as web design, social media strategy, intranet management, and/or newsletter design/editing a plus
  • Demonstrated experience learning and leveraging tech systems to accomplish strategic goals
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong project management skills; demonstrated ability to manage projects involving multiple departments and stakeholders, preferably including collaboration with IT/technical teams
  • Strong messaging and communication skills, with an eye for sharp and compelling messaging across stakeholder groups (work samples will be requested)
  • Good eye for design and understanding of usability across digital platforms
  • Comfort with change in a fast moving environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Powerpoint
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines hands-on technical and professional skills, educational stipends, college-level coursework, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies.

Year Up currently serves young adults in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida, and Wilmington and will serve more than 3,000 students in 2017 nationwide.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The Non-Profit Times for six consecutive years, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people.

Year Up participates in E-Verify.

Please visit to learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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