Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for overseeing and implementing The Possible Project’s (TPP) communications and marketing activities. The Director of Communications will own and maintain TPP’s brand standards and guide overall messaging and positioning. The Director of Communications will also assume primary responsibility for many of the organization’s communications activities, including its digital (electronic, web, social media) and print communications, and media relations and outreach working closely with other members of the external engagement team. As necessary, the Director of Communications will engage partner organizations and external stakeholders to develop messaging that advances TPP’s thought leadership, philanthropic and earned revenue opportunities.
As an ideal candidate for this role, you understand the nonprofit sector, hold a passion for entrepreneurship and are energized by a role that balances strategy and implementation. You have experience in communications, public affairs and/or media relations in-house for a nonprofit organization. Success in this role will require you to draw on experience being proactive, ensuring that you are planning and moving projects forward with foresight and care. You care deeply about the success of the organization and view messaging and targeted communications as the way to bring to life the passion and commitment TPP holds for the young people and communities it serves.
We are excited to share more about our organization and our fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture. Our ideas and mission are bold because we intend to drive transformative change by leading the nation in using entrepreneurship as a vehicle for learning-by-doing. Please review the information below and follow the link to apply.
Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership:
- Develop and implement an integrated, organization wide strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of TPP’s work and impact and strengthen TPP’s brand identity across key stakeholder audiences
- Partner with TPP executive and board leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high level external audiences, including the media, public officials and key influencers
- Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the sector and organization. Work with the board and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
- Oversee the continued development and use of the TPP brand
- Oversee, or execute as needed, all copy intended for public consumption to ensure its alignment with the strategic communications plan
- Oversee, or execute as needed, the development of all print and branded materials
- Oversee, or execute as needed, the development of electronic communications, including TPP’s website, electronic newsletter and other electronic communications
- Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) are posted regularly and engages audience segments and leads to measurable action, specifically curate content and increase audience engagement on TPP’s social media channels
- Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed
- Serve to facilitate media interactions for the Executive Director that help promote and/or impact the organization and actively cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage of issues of strategic importance to the sector, as well as TPP’s programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects
QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSETS
While there is no perfect resume, we will likely be most interested in your application if you fulfill most or all of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or an allied field; or 7+ years of experience writing about education, entrepreneurship; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Strong knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media channels, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and the most appropriate and effective messages
- Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills
- High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, project management and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills
- Demonstrable proof of prior key local and national media stories dealing with science, technology and arts research and demonstrated history of working effectively with both national and local media
- Proven experience proactively promoting stories with national and local media
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups, both internally and externally
- Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
- A demonstrable passion for the mission, vision, and values of The Possible Project
- Ability to work under pressure to achieve tight deadlines while maintaining a customer service focus
- Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to remain detail oriented in an environment in which change can happen quickly
- Having experience with online robust giving platforms
In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrates the organization’s key values:
ABOUT THE POSSIBLE PROJECT
The Possible Project is working to close the skills and opportunities gap facing our students by providing resources and support that make them more likely to finish high school, complete education and training beyond high school, and enter careers that will provide them with a living wage.
The Possible Project is a youth entrepreneurship center that teaches students with untapped potential how to start and run their own businesses. In the process, students acquire a host of personal and professional skills that propel them to long-term success in life.
Through a combination of curriculum, support, and STEAM projects, students are empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school—including resiliency, hope and self-confidence.
The Possible Project is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit www.possibleproject.org.
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The Possible Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.
Minimum Education Required