Zinn Education Project Communications Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $46,000
Maximum: $50,000

Published

08/23/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

The Zinn Education Project (ZEP), coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, promotes and supports teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. On this 10th anniversary of the Zinn Education Project, we seek to hire a communications coordinator. The communications role is varied, including press, social media, conferences, materials production, website management, and internal communications.


More than 82,000 teachers have registered to access people’s history lessons and have engaged in people’s history workshops. Nearly 30 teachers sign up every day from all over the United States. The Zinn Education Project social media has more than 300,000 followers. This is a unique opportunity to work with a dynamic team and to have a profound impact on what students learn from history about how to shape a more just future.


Responsibilities include:


Communications


  • Write, manage, and continually update content for external communications tools including social media, websites, and print materials
  • Create messages and work with designer on materials for campaigns, events, program highlights, and publications
  • Coordinate with program staff and leadership to publish stories and snapshots demonstrating program impact
  • Develop media strategy, including articles about teaching people’s history and placement of articles by Zinn Education Project team in a range of media outlets
  • Manage responses to attacks by right-wing media
  • Manage content management databases (e.g., Wufoo, Basecamp, Google Drive, Dropbox) and communications-related software (Constant Contact, Zoom videoconferencing)
  • Compile and send monthly and annual metrics and registration reports
  • Evaluate campaign and outreach efforts; analyze metrics (Google Analytics, Facebook Insights) and other data
  • Respond to or delegate inquiries from the public
  • Coordinate the communications strategy with fundraising and stewardship efforts
  • Prepare the overall strategic presence (including materials and staffing) needed for regional and national conferences and workshops by teacher leaders


Content Production


  • Coordinate layout of lessons and articles with authors, designer, and proofreader
  •  Secure image, art, and article permissions
  •  Prepare content for designer to layout
  • ·Coordinate the print production of bookmarks, booklets, posters, and other marketing


Website


  • Work with web designer to troubleshoot issues and ensure the site is fully functioning
  • Serve as the liaison with the IT support team to troubleshoot functionality issues and coordinate new development projects.
  • Manage major website rebuild projects, as needed.
  • Manage web tools including hosting, URL renewals, email accounts, and plugins


Administration and Planning


  • Prep, plan, and lead team meetings, in collaboration with the co-directors
  • Monitor finances and draft annual budget
  • Offer input on daily tasks, strategic plans, fundraising, and new projects
  • Maintain project calendar and online project management software
  • Coordinate engagement of project volunteers and interns


Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum two years in organizational communications, press, or media. Ideally have experience at the coordinator or director level
  • Demonstrable experience in planning, writing, editing, and producing a variety of communications materials (i.e., press releases, campaign materials, newsletters, etc.)
  • Knowledge of web platforms (Wordpress), digital tools (Constant Contact), social media, and metrics
  • Experience working with social justice-focused organizations or causes is desirable
  • Great interpersonal/relationship skills such as ability to manage varying viewpoints, foster team building with members located across the country, and communicate effectively via email and videoconferencing
  • Flexible, positive approach and willingness to pitch in wherever and whenever needed
  • Able to prioritize and efficiently accomplish a significant load of responsibilities in a constantly shifting environment
  • Be committed to the missions of Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools
  • Have a passion for people’s history, public education, and equity

Benefits

Medical and Dental Insurance

Annual and Sick Leave

Paid Holidays

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

employment@teachingforchange.org
https://www.zinnedproject.org/

Interested candidates are asked to send a thoughtful cover letter expressing why the position is a good fit and a resume to: Don Allen at employment@teachingforchange.org.


Position is available immediately.


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