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JOB NOTICE: Communications Coordinator

 

Looking for a role where you can contribute to changing life in foster care for young people across the country? Consider joining the team at FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care. 

FosterClub is looking for an experienced communications professional to make our messaging clear and beautiful, and to spread the word about FosterClub’s mission and work. The Communications Coordinator will support FosterClub’s administrative team through core communications functions for organization-wide initiatives, along with individual marketing needs for our program areas (Outreach, Young Leaders, Training & Education, and Public Policy). We are seeking a creative thinker with excellent project management skills, a knack for generating clear visuals, graphics, and written communications, and the ability to interpret FosterClub’s messaging to the public, partners, and prospective donors. Additionally, this position supports the production of print materials that aids in our mission of empowering young people in foster care. 

Job Type: Full-Time, Non-exempt, 40 hours per week 

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

 

Location: FosterClubHQ, Seaside Oregon 

 

Compensation: Annual salary range of $40,000 - $45,000 DOQ

FosterClub offers generous paid time off, 10 paid holidays plus a birthday holiday each year, fully paid medical and dental coverage for full-time employees, and participates in the OregonSaves retirement program. Information about our work environment and culture can be found in the FosterClub Culture section of this job notice.

Start Date: ASAP

A six-month probationary period applies; quarterly performance and compensation evaluations are standard throughout the organization. 

The regular work schedule will be 8:30AM - 5:00PM Monday through Friday with a 30 minute lunch; some extended hours and/or schedule changes may occur, primarily during the months of May-August.

 

What You’ll Do

Your job here is to make our messaging clear and beautiful, and to spread the word about FosterClub’s mission and work. 

Key functions include:

  • Graphic Design & Production – 40%

    • Design and produce digital and print assets such as web ads, branded social media posts,  brochures, flyers, postcards, and other internal and external materials 

    • Understand intuitive design of responsive websites, including editing and posting of new content, page design, maintenance of menu system and sitemap, and liaise with web developer as needed

    • Photo management, including photo editing and cataloguing

    • Print production of publications and other curriculum materials, maintain material production timelines for multiple program areas, and liaise with print vendors as needed

    • Bonus skills would include video editing, podcast productions, knowledge of HTML, and photography

  • Communications – 40%

    • Maintain consistency in brand and messaging for internal and external communications and assist with improving and implementing the master style guide

    • Serve as an in-house journalist, assisting program areas to tell the story of their work and coordinate production of blog-style articles and social media communications

    • Support regular email marketing efforts, including email design and content creation in MailChimp and CiviCRM, and assist with email list management

    • Manage social media marketing efforts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and help create and implement a social media strategy

    • Utilize data tracking and analytics tools to assess the performance of email and social media ad campaigns

    • Develop and disseminate press releases and coordinate responses to media inquiries

    • Stay up-to-date on marketing trends and make recommendations for new marketing partners, tools, and techniques

  • Development – 10%

    • Help support donor database management and processing of routine donor communications, including transactional/acknowledgment emails and mailings

    • Help generate and implement fundraising campaign media and materials 

    • Promote Peer-to-Peer fundraising efforts

  • General  - 10%

    • Ensure that all communications and marketing objectives, strategies, and messages are aligned with and supportive of FosterClub's mission and strategic plan

    • Work cross-functionally with program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations

    • “Other duties as assigned - Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.”

 

What You’ve Already Done

  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience in the fields of marketing, graphic design, or communications.

  • You have at least 3 years’ experience in a similar role, preferably for a nonprofit or mission-based organization

  • You have worked directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Even better if you have experience producing communications materials that represent constituent voice

  • While lived experience is not required, this is an excellent opportunity for candidates with experience in foster care

OR

  • You can show an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job successfully

 

Who You Are

  • Your writing is clear, inclusive and engaging.

  • You can to distill complex ideas into accessible written and visual products 

  • You have solid copywriting, editing, and proofing skills

  • You have an eye for graphic design and visual storytelling

  • You know about printing processes 

  • You can simultaneously manage multiple projects from concept to completion

  • You like to work in a collaborative environment and are comfortable receiving and sharing constructive feedback

  • You share our commitment to working for greater Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the child welfare system.

  • You can demonstrate your skill with the following:

    • Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat

    • Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and/or the Google Suite of similar products

    • Mobile-optimized web and email design tools such as WordPress, MailChimp, or similar systems

    • Project/Time management tools 

    • Experience using CRM tools

    • Social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

    • Photography and/or videography experience is a big plus

  • You enjoy working in an open office environment, and it will help if you like dogs.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Sitting at Desk, Keyboarding – Frequent

  • Walking and Climbing Stairs - Frequent

  • Lifting at 35 lbs or less - Occasional

  • Drive - Occasionally, especially during summer internship season. 

Travel

< 10% of time spent traveling or otherwise out of the office

 To Apply

  • Please submit a resume,a cover letter, and relevant work samples to Nora Karena, Chief Operating Officer, nora@fosterclub.com

  • Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted candidates

  • Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of two satisfactory references (from a recent employer or supervisor and a character reference)

  • Upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment the applicant will be expected to undergo a criminal background check and motor vehicle records check 

The FosterClub Culture

FosterClub is located in a light-filled, open-plan office situated just blocks from the beach and downtown Seaside. We regularly welcome the well-socialized, well-behaved dogs of our staff into the office. Our dress is best described as casual to business casual. Each week includes a Wellness Hour which offers the opportunity to take a walk, meditate, or participate in other individually-directed wellness activities. Our team actively engages in both individual and collective work to support meaningful diversity, full inclusion and equitable outcomes. We provide consistent and ongoing opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and coaching. Regularly scheduled 1:1 staffings, full staff meetings, and/or program team meetings allow for conversations that lead to improved individual, team, and organizational performance. Yearly staff retreats offer time to refocus and strategize as well as space for team-building activities, shared meals, and fun.

Our days are routinely fast paced and our to-do lists can be unpredictable.  We may find ourselves working long hours in order to welcome a new session of All-Star interns, complete a grant application or report, get a project across the finish line, or to assist youth as they prepare to share their experiences and recommendations with others who are committed to improving the child welfare system.  We expect staff to strategically prioritize multiple tasks or projects in order to bring an assignment or program vision to life. We value a growth mindset, a can-do attitude, and the willingness to dig in to create space for “FosterClub Magic.” Our work is sometimes difficult, but always rewarding. FosterClub strives to create an environment in which high levels of professional performance and accountability are the norm, balanced with the benefits and flexibility that support healthy work/life harmony.  

Equitable Employment Opportunity Statement

FosterClub is committed to building a more just, diverse, inclusive and accessible work environment. We strive to be a workplace where folks with traditionally marginalized identities and those with non-traditional career paths can thrive. As an Equitable Opportunity Employer we are also committed to upholding applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination in employment on the basis of age, ancestry, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or the presence of a physical, cognitive, or sensory disability. Black, African American, Latino/a/x, Native, and Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with lived experience in foster care are urged to apply.



 

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Jan 13, 2020 By Nora Karena