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Communications and Outreach Associate
Colorado Education Initiative

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is seeking a Communications and Outreach Associate to support strategic communications and engagement efforts that accelerate progress toward our organizational goals. The ideal candidate for this role is skilled at project management and brings relevant professional communications experience and a creative perspective on communications and outreach. The position will support CEI in using digital platforms, social media channels, print and video materials, and earned media to highlight our work and partners and amplify organizational thought leadership on key issues. This person is a strong writer and communicator, has high standards for quality and customer service, strong attention to detail, and works well in a deadline-driven team environment. They are comfortable “managing up” to and across a team of senior leaders and excited about advancing work on behalf of schools and districts across Colorado. This is a new position that reports to the Vice President of Strategy.

About Colorado Education Initiative

CEI is at the forefront of improvement, innovation, and change in Colorado’s public education system. CEI is a statewide nonprofit organization that invests time, expertise, and dollars in K12 public education. For 15 years, CEI has worked with educators as an inspired and supportive partner on the ground in over 150 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.

CEI works as an implementation expert, innovation thought leader, and statewide convener in public education. Our mission is to accelerate improvement and innovation in Colorado schools. Our vision is a future in which every student in Colorado is prepared and unafraid to succeed in school, work, and life, and ready to take on the challenges of today, tomorrow, and beyond. We currently partner deeply in over 50 Colorado school districts and have limited work in other states in the region. In addition to our field implementation work, we engage in important policy and innovation agendas in Colorado. Our success is driven by a passionate team of diverse individuals who truly enjoy working together and embody our core mindsets: dream big, act small, pivot quickly; constant learning and adaptation; flexible, nimble, and purposeful; partnership and service orientation.

CEI’s goals reflect our commitments to relevant and equitable student outcomes, learning environments that foster them, and systems change to make this possible. Strategic communications and outreach are critical to help stakeholders see what’s possible and catalyze learning between local innovation and state-level systems.

Of note, we are committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the work we support across Colorado. We seek to identify and embed equity-seeking practices in our culture and talent systems and have made a focused set of investments in the related professional development of our team. We believe our work demands this because of the historic and current experiences in the school systems in which we operate and because we believe the outcomes we seek for students require the prioritization of equity. In all roles, we welcome candidates who are eager to participate in and contribute to this work and whose lived experiences deepen our perspectives on the education system.

Responsibilities

Project and Content Management

  • Support the execution of a creative and comprehensive process for all phases of organizational and project communications efforts (research, design, draft, review, complete, track, reflect)
  • Support storytelling opportunities, research and obtain information needed to complete projects, and adapt messaging for different audiences and mediums
  • Project manage communications-focused meetings, deliverables, and operational tasks
  • Collaborate with project teams to develop and execute communications plans, ensuring successful completion of activities and oversight of communications timelines and partners/vendors
  • Organize and archive all communications artifacts and materials
  • Contribute to a culture of positivity and customer service, both internally and externally
  • Support additional project and event management needs of project teams as needed

Digital Platforms and Social Media

  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Strategy to manage written and visual content across CEI communications channels, including website, email, newsletter, social media, and other platforms
  • Work strategically to strengthen and grow CEI’s digital presence, maintain and expand social media engagement, track data analytics, and manage continuous improvement
  • Create and manage CEI’s communications and social media calendar
  • Demonstrate excellent strategic judgement, creativity, and know-how across a variety of communications tools and techniques

Outreach and Dissemination

  • Develop, support, and track outreach and dissemination strategies
  • Collaborate with the Development Team to leverage marketing and communications for business development
  • Manage CEI’s contact database systems and digital media tools (MailChimp, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite)

Qualifications

A successful candidate will have at least two years of experience in communications, marketing, public affairs, journalism, or a related field; managing systems and processes for an organization, including contact database administration/maintenance and digital media tools; and executing and evaluating communications projects and campaigns. They will be a multi-channel communicator with expertise across digital, social, and traditional platforms; have strong writing, editing, and communications skills; and be organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Basic graphic design, photography, and videography skills a plus.

Competencies

This position requires strong project management, interpersonal communication, collaboration, relationship building, and multi-tasking skills and the ability to take initiative to predict and solve problems with an orientation toward constant improvement.

Compensation

  • Full-time position
  • Salary commensurate with experience in a range of $50,000-$55,000
  • Competitive benefits package
  • Hybrid work environment including some flexible scheduling

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@coloradoedinitiative.org. Applicants should indicate the position in the subject line of the email. Note: applications submitted directly through a job listing site will not be considered.  Applications will be reviewed through the end of March 2022 and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.

CEI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. CEI strives to be an inclusive organization, and as such takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.


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