Education Evolving Seeks Communications Manager

We’re looking for a passionate and dedicated storyteller and relationship builder to join our team full-time, in downtown Saint Paul, MN. The posting will remain open through Friday, December 1 or until filled, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Ideal start date would be January 2018 but that can be flexible (for example, for a current teacher wanting to finish the school year).

In taking the position, you would also be accepted into the prestigious, year-long Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship offered by New Sector Alliance. This is a leadership training and professional development program, which includes one full-day meeting per month along with ongoing mentorship and coaching throughout the year.

To apply, send a cover letter describing relevant experience; a resume; two brief (approximately 300 to 1000 word) writing samples preferably on the topic of education, policy, or both; and (optionally) a couple of graphic design samples such as infographics, flyers, social media banner images, video clips links, etc. to jobs@educationevolving.org.

About Education Evolving

Education Evolving (EE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on advancing student-centered learning, in particular for students who are underserved. We do this through our work in two primary areas:

  • Supporting teams of teachers who secure collective autonomy to design and lead student-centered learning in teacher-powered schools.
  • Advocating for state policy that enables, supports, and encourages a climate of innovation in public education.

We believe that bold innovations in student-centered learning and larger professional roles for teachers should happen along with efforts to continuously improve traditional school. Both are important, and should by done side-by-side in a “split screen”. Change shouldn't be mandated from the top-down; rather, the system changes organically as innovations are gradually tried, refined, adopted, and replicated.

EE has a long history of making change in public education. We were instrumental in shaping the nation’s first public school choice and charter school laws in Minnesota, and have assisted with such laws in more than 20 other states. We helped bring the concepts of personalized learning and blended learning to the forefront of the K-12 debate, in particular through the best-selling book, Disrupting Class. We have researched, assisted, and advocated for “teacher-led schools” for over 35 years, and are now advancing teacher leadership through the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative. Last year, we convened a coalition which worked to pass a new “Innovation Zone” law in Minnesota for schools trying new approaches to learning.

Responsibilities

  1. Communications (~50% of your time)
    • Writing & Editing. Create newsletters, blog posts, school case study stories, and other communication materials as needed. A primary focus will be holding up the stories of the innovations in student-centered learning occurring in Minnesota’s schools. Edit and coach others on written pieces. Edit organization products, including full-length papers.
    • Strategy. Help manage the ongoing refinement and implementation of EE’s overall communications strategy.
    • Social Media. Coordinate EE’s digital channels, including its newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as posting new content on the EE website. Maintain an editorial calendar for the planned use of these various channels.
    • Traditional Media. Follow education policy coverage in traditional media, maintain a list of relevant Minnesota journalists and bloggers, and build relationships with those people. Help to pitch story ideas, and to connect journalists and bloggers to content experts on the EE team.
    • Campaigns. Strategize and coordinate campaigns around events and new product releases, including building distribution lists and drafting tailored messages to thought leaders, media, legislators, and other key audiences.
    • Basic Graphic & Web Design. Do basic graphic design such as preparing banner images for Facebook posts, editing photos for our website, creating simple flyers for events, etc. Use basic web design to format new pages on our website. Additionally, serve as the point person on printing orders and with contracted graphic and web designers.
    • CRM Management. Manage the organization’s CRM database of contacts and interactions, including coaching other team members on conventions for its use. Help track and compile metrics for reports based on CRM data.
    • Impact Storytelling. Recognizing that a key audience to which we need to communicate our story is funders, help the executive director to write grant applications, grant reports, and organization annual reports.
  2. Events (~30% of your time)
    • Coordination. Be the lead person on logistics for EE’s events and conferences, including making space reservations, arranging catering/menus, and helping guest speakers with travel details.
    • Hosting. Help to host people at the organization’s events, including signing people in, getting to know attendees, and making introductions and connections.
    • Promotion. Help to develop invitation lists for events, send invitations, send follow-ups, and overall encourage attendance at events.
  3. Community Relations (~20% of your time)
    • Assist other members on the team to identify and approach key people, organizations, and communities with whom the organization should build relationships. Research those groups to identify areas of potential common ground and partnership. Overall, strategize ways to build and maintain the organization’s relationships with its partners and surrounding community.

We are a small organization, and all wear various hats from time to time. While the list of responsibilities above may describe a typical week, there will be exceptions.

Qualifications

  1. Excellent writing skills are a must. This means being able to craft a strong argument, write concise and engaging prose, and proof carefully for grammar and spelling.
  2. Ability to work collaboratively and communicate clearly with a small team, be a self-starter and work independently, and prioritize and multi-task efficiently.
  3. Be comfortable and effective in speaking in small groups and building relationship with those outside of the organization.
  4. Experience in public policy, education, or education policy is preferred but not required. Some experience in teaching is also a plus.
  5. A good eye for design and some experience with design software (such as Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) is preferred. The job will involve some basic graphic design and website editing.
  6. Experience with cloud-based and social media tools, such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Drive, Basecamp or other project management software, and a CRM such as Salesforce. Experience with a website CMS such as Drupal and basic knowledge of HTML is helpful.

Education Evolving is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. We provide equal access to and opportunity in our organization without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, age, sexual orientation, familial status, or local human rights commission activity.

Salary and benefits dependent upon qualifications and experience.

To apply, send a cover letter describing relevant experience; a resume; two brief (approximately 300 to 1000 word) writing samples preferably on the topic of education, policy, or both; and (optionally) a couple of graphic design samples such as infographics, flyers, social media banner images, video clips links, etc. to jobs@educationevolving.org.

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