The Santa Monica Education Foundation is hiring a Communications Manager who will be responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive and innovative communications plan for the Foundation.
This individual will report to the Executive Director, and will be based in the organization’s office in Santa Monica, California.
About the Education Foundation
The Santa Monica Education Foundation is the fundraising partner for all 12 public schools in Santa Monica. A dedicated group of parents, community leaders, and local business people established the Foundation in 1982 to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the public schools. The Ed Foundation’s mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica public schools.
The Ed Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization and enjoys a quality partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, the Board of Education and the 11 Parent Teacher Associations representing the individual school campuses in Santa Monica.
The Foundation works hand-in-hand with the District to allocate funds in ways that result in the greatest impact, including instructional aides, arts programs and “stretch grants” for each school. Schools use these grants for many essential staff and programs, including STEM programs, additional arts, student wellness, teacher training and college readiness.
The Education Foundation seeks an energetic, results-oriented, self-motivated professional with experience and success in developing and executing a comprehensive communications plan.
The successful candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills. This person must give attention to detail, be goal- and results-oriented, be self-motivated, and possess the ability to make independent decisions. The ideal candidate would have experience in graphic design; proficiency with communications and design software; be collaborative and team oriented; demonstrate sound judgment when dealing with a wide range of relationships and situations; and possess the ability to maintain enthusiasm for hard work, changing priorities, and multiple deadlines, as well as the ability to interact well with a diverse community of constituents.
This position may require a flexible work schedule, including some early morning, evening and weekend meetings.
- In partnership with the Executive Director, create a year-long communications plan that includes communications with PTA and school leaders, as well as the broader community
- Write and design fundraising appeal letters (to community, parents, and businesses)
- Design, write, and distribute monthly e-newsletters and other email communications to donors, school parents, corporate partners, and other groups
- Create, oversee, and implement the organization’s social media strategy
- Write all targeted school emails, in coordination with the Executive Director
- Write and produce the Ed Foundation’s annual Gratitude Report (Annual Report)
- Grow a repository of impact stories about Ed Foundation-funded programs, including quotes and testimonials. These will include stories from district leaders, students, parents, community members, and donors.
- Oversee all branding and marketing
- Maintain the Ed Foundation’s website, ensuring up-to-date and fresh content
- Write and produce other organizational materials as needed
- Manage Ed Foundation media relations, including writing and distributing press releases
- In coordination with the Executive Director, work with the school district’s Communications and Public Relations Officer on Ed Foundation-related news
- Work with the Marketing and Communications Associate on collecting photos of students and Ed Foundation-funded programs
- Manage all communications related to Ed Foundation events
- Develop a working knowledge of donor database to provide additional support as needed
- Support communications-related needs for Executive Director and Board President
- Other duties as assigned
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience in communications, preferably in a nonprofit or education-related setting
- A proven track record in managing multiple projects, through collaboration with volunteers, peers, and superiors
- Proficiency and experience with a database management software system
- Comfort and experience interacting with a wide variety of school-related stakeholders and the general public
- Experience in and evidence of being self-motivated and maintaining responsibility for schedule, time commitments, and priorities
- Ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities
- Demonstration of leadership skills
- Ability to work in a collaborative team environment, which includes working closely with key volunteers and other critical partners of the organization
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to analyze and integrate information
- Willingness to be available for early morning, evening, and weekend events
- Ability to work within a budget and to self-monitor expenses
- Computer competence in InDesign, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and a variety of database and design applications
The Santa Monica Education Foundation would prefer a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education within a related field of study. The most important aspect of a candidate’s background is the referenced experience and career successes consistent with the responsibilities of this position.
The Santa Monica Education Foundation offers a competitive compensation package that includes an annual salary ($50,000-$65,000), possible merit increases (based upon performance evaluations and budget), 5 days of sick leave and 10 days of vacation (with increasing weeks for years of service), 11 paid holidays, and health insurance benefits if needed.
If you would like to apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and graphic design sample to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.