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Communications Manager
Rocketship Public Schools

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

Position Description

The Communications Manager is part of Rocketship’s National Network Support Team and is responsible for managing internal communications across the network and supporting our public communications strategy. The goal of internal communications at Rocketship is to keep our employees informed and engaged in a unified understanding of our organizational goals, values, and impact. We aim to inspire, educate, and empower our teams to amplify their voice in our movement to improve equity and excellence in public education. In this role you will lead internal listening campaigns to inform our strategy, design annual storytelling campaigns to engage our staff, run internal communications training to build staff capacity, and own the strategy and execution of internal communications channels, among other responsibilities. The role requires someone with solid project management skills, a strong command of communications, and excellent writing skills. We are seeking a versatile communications professional who takes a strategic, audience-specific approach to all communications projects. Someone who is resourceful and comfortable in a “roll-up-your-sleeves” environment.  Most importantly, we are looking for someone with a deep and personal passion for social impact who is driven to advance our movement to create educational equity in disadvantaged communities across our country. The Communications Manager reports to Rocketship’s Associate Director of Communications.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute a strategic internal communications plan, aligning messaging with our culture, mission and strategic goals. This includes an initial communications audit and listening campaign.
  • Work with leaders and partners throughout the organization to support proactive and reactive communications needs, determining essential messages and the right channels to deliver them. Oversee all internal communications and align messaging, messengers, channels, and timing as-needed.
  • Understand different internal audiences and tailor messages to each audience and the relevant strategic objective.
  • Build internal communications capacity of regional and network leaders through trainings, resource creation, and partnership on narrative development.

Qualifications

  • Professional experience in communications either as an internal or external communications specialist in-house at an organization.
  • Strong passion and commitment to social justice and improving equity in public education.
  • Experience running internal communications campaigns - including experience with focus groups, feedback surveys, audience segmentation, message development, training staff, and content development.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Capable of managing detailed work plans and schedules with cross-department dependencies.
  • Team player with strong relationship-building skills.
  • Experience working with leaders at all levels of an organization.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative spirit and enjoy working independently.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters Degree preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience in communications and/or education.
  • (Preferred) You have experience working in  an education organization, preferably in a K-12 setting.
  • (Preferred) Candidates based in the San Francisco  Bay Area are preferred.  We will  also consider candidates based in Washington D.C., Nashville, or Milwaukee. This position will require occasional domestic travel and some evening hours for events and community meetings.

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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Compensation:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools’ employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy.  For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.


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