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Director, Communications
EL Education

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is expanding the definition of student achievement in diverse communities across the country. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Originating over 20 years ago through the collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, EL Education’s research-based approach inspires teachers and challenges students, transforming education in thousands of schools and districts across the country through a unique combination of rigor and joy in learning. Our impressive results encompass high academic achievement and college readiness as well as pride in the mastery of complex, authentic work, and the passion and capacity to contribute to a better world.

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, we work with all kinds of schools: district, charter, elementary and secondary, serving populations that reflect the diversity of our country. We create powerful resources–including an open source literacy curriculum that has already been downloaded by teachers over six million times–and share an award-winning portfolio of educator-developed professional development and instructional resources with our 150+ school partners in 39 states, serving over 50,000 students. For more information, visit http://eleducation.org/

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Director of Communications envisions and leads multi-channel communications campaigns for EL Education’s events and impact, inspiring diverse audiences to engage with EL Education’s mission. They are the organization’s public relations strategist and media voice. They report to the Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, and are a member of the Creative Team, which includes publications, marketing, communications, multi-media production and graphic design. The Director of Communications supervises the EL Education Communications Associate.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Public Relations

  • Design PR strategy to empower EL Education and to meet its goals and fulfill its mission
  • Build and nurture relationships with reporters and influencers
  • Lead relationships with PR consultants and software vendors
  • Pitch stories, write and publish press releases
  • Lead proactive crisis communications strategy
  • Support staff and ambassadors to engage with press
  • Guide the strategy on press outreach, including messaging in press releases, creation of press kits and materials, interview preparation, and responses to media requests.
  • Identify trends, monitor current events, policy and advocacy efforts and influencers (community leaders, artists, educators, policy makers

Communications Strategy and Campaign Leadership

  • Set goals and design communications strategies for campaigns such as the EL Education National Conference, Annual Report, National Better World Day, and results of research studies
  • Set goals and strategies for EL Education social media, newsletters, and blog
  • Write for blog and emails in partnership with the Communications Manager
  • Collaborate with EL Education teams to design and drive communications campaigns that meet their goals, such as celebrating new district partnerships or launching new curriculum products
  • Co-create key messages that are inspiring and affirming to diverse audiences
  • Create and execute a strategy that empowers the Board, team members at every level of the organization, educators, other key constituents to leverage communications resources, serve as ambassadors, and contribute to our movement for educational change
  • Develop and oversee systems and procedures necessary to support communications across the organization with the support of the Communications Associate

Supervision

  • Empower the Communications Associate (CA) and Communications Manager (CM) to succeed in their roles and grow as professionals
  • Oversee and edit communications materials including donor and funder communications; speeches, articles, publications, website content, promotional messaging, and press releases and outreach materials; concept papers, briefing materials, internal memos, online content, annual reports, white papers, print and digital promotions.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

Skills and Assets

  • Candidates must share a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism: both an appreciation for our organization’s aim to empower all students with access to educational opportunity and dedication to making our communications accessible and affirming to all
  • A minimum of four years working in PR or communications in a senior role, including experience with multi-channel communications strategies for social media, blogs, email, and earned media
  • Expertise with public relations is required: experience with Meltwater or Cision preferred, existing relationships with reporters highly valued
  • Significant knowledge of complex education policy and practice issues, and the ability to communicate them to diverse stakeholders, and knowledge of education media outlets, including print, broadcast, and digital
  • Knowledge of analytics and ability to use them to measure success and drive strategy
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Prior experience supervising and managing staff
  • Critical consciousness of issues of equity, structural racism, and personal privilege
  • Experience developing and implementing communications that are informed by in-depth analysis of issues of structural racism and inequality
  • Proven experience collaborating, inspiring a team, and managing projects across an organization soliciting input and organizing next steps with transparency and a shared understanding of goals
  • Ability to travel 10-20% of the time (once Covid Travel Restrictions are lifted)

COMPENSATION

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time-off, 403b match, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, cell phone/Internet stipend, complimentary meditation app, and Employee Assistance Program (wellness, legal, etc.) benefit.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for “Director of Communications” and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education. No phone calls please. EL Education will respond only to finalist candidates.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY AND COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or citizenship status, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and parental status, HIV status, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, status as a veteran, or physical or mental disability or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE

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Apply here:  https://eleducation.org/careers/director-communications


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