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Communications Manager

Employer
Voices for Georgia's Children
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary
Starting Salary Range: $60,000 - $72,000 Full Salary Range: $60,000 - $90,000
Closing date
Sep 25, 2021
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Job Details

Organization Overview

Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices) amplifies the needs of Georgia’s youngest residents in the chambers of the General Assembly, as well at the federal and local levels of government.  Voices is an independent, non-partisan, information clearinghouse and coalition builder. We promote pragmatic policies that recognize children’s needs are interconnected and best met holistically. Voices champions the “whole child” approach and is leading a movement of public and private stakeholders to advance systemic change on behalf of Georgia’s children.

We achieve our influence through advocacy with elected and appointed officials and through extensive collaboration and engagement of local, state, and national organizations.  We partner with academic and nonprofit organizations with deep knowledge of key children’s issues to ensure a research-base to our policy agenda.  We convene leadership teams of organizations with common objectives for collective advocacy; and we engage and educate a broad network of individuals and organizations to encourage a community culture that gives priority to children.  Through traditional and social media, we educate and encourage the larger community to support the needs of children.

Job Summary

The Communications Manager will help lead the Voices team in expanding the organization’s reach and influence in Georgia. The candidate will report to the Director of Operations and Finance and work closely with the Sr. Communications Manager, Advocacy Director, Executive Director, and other team members.  The successful candidate will be responsible for using a variety of communication channels to promote the organization’s priorities and support the creation and implementation of a strategic communications plan. Candidate will be a strong writer, capable of conveying the impact of Voices’ work in compelling narratives for all audiences, and consistent with the Voices brand.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Develop written content for print, email, social media, and web to help stakeholders understand complex issues and promote Voices’ work and impact.
  2. Draft compelling narratives on the importance and relevance of Voices’ work.
  3. Develop media relations across the state and facilitate coverage of Voices work and products.
  4. Create and manage multi-faceted communications strategy and schedule.
  5. Use data analytics to determine best strategies.
  6. Create and execute creative marketing and dissemination plans for new report releases and refreshers.
  7. Create proposals for corporate sponsorship for events and other marketing/fundraising materials.
  8. Collaborate with team and facilitate the creation of externally facing publications, including policy briefs, fact sheets, and the Whole Child Primer.
  9. Ensure quality control of all publications and communications.
  10. Assist with proofing and editing of materials and documents as needed.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Education

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or similar field is required.  Master’s degree is preferred.  High quality, relevant experience may substitute for some of the educational requirement.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years reporting/newsroom, public relations or similar experience preferred.
  • Communications portfolio (digital and print) required.
  • Ability to understand the target audience for each message and effectively communicate to that audience while maintaining the Voices’ style, tone, and brand.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and email marketing applications.
  • Strong command of AP grammar, style, copy-editing, and copywriting skills and the ability to produce content that is clean, accurate and "publication ready."
  • Proven expertise using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to enhance reporting and promote stories.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising people and projects.
  • Ability to lead multiple tasks at once, work independently, and as a team to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to exercise cultural and political sensitivity.

Desired Skills and Attributes

  • Basic knowledge of roles played by local, state, and federal government.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Flexibility, high energy, and a strong team player. Willingness to change tasks on short notice and pitch in on team products when needed.
  • Experience and advanced skills with Adobe Creative Cloud, especially Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and WordPress is a plus.
  • Proficiency working with data and able to generate polished graphics from spreadsheets is a plus.

Location

This position is home-based, but applicant must be able to attend periodic meetings in the metro Atlanta area.  Applicant must be a resident of the state of Georgia. 

Travel

Rarely and within the state of Georgia

Benefits

The following benefits are available to fulltime employees:

  • Employee premiums for medical, dental, vision, life, STD/LTD insurances 100% paid by Voices.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick/wellness, and holiday leave.
  • Competitive match to 401K retirement contribution.
  • Professional development and technology allowance.
  • Annual performance bonus.

Why Voices

We believe in fostering a supportive, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace culture that values each team member and is grounded in mutual respect.  We believe that both employers and employees have a responsibility to each other - to give their best in support of the mission and each other and to be committed to excellence and continuous growth.

We believe communication begins with listening and understanding. We strive to be accurate, intentional, clear, and respectful in all our communications.

We believe in boldly leading by example with integrity, humility, empathy, and respect for each other, for the children and families that we serve and for our partners in child advocacy.

We believe that every child must be valued equally and supported equitably to address the impact that systems and structures have on the trajectory of their lives.

Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices) is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employee due to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, creed, citizenship, HIV status, marital status, veteran status, or based on any other federal, state, or local protected class.  We value diversity in the workplace and strongly urge people in protected groups to apply for employment.

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