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Director of Communications

Employer
Center for Collaborative Education
Location
Remote or Boston, MA
Salary
The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $105,000 based on skills and experience.
Closing date
Jan 26, 2023

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Focus Areas
Education
Job Function
Marketing / Communications, Program / Project Management
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Bachelors
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
Management
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Job Details

The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is seeking an experience, adaptable, and high-energy Director of Communications to develop and implement communications strategies to bring awareness and impact of CCE's programs and build CCE's brand. The individual will lead all internal and external communications, build brand strategy, and content  development. As part of a dynamic team, the Director of Communications contributes to the success of several major initiatives that are changing the face of education in communities across the country.

This position will actively participate in our ongoing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion work. We are committed to centering communities in all aspects of our work, operating with a racial equity lens, building collaborative relationships with our partners, and continuously improving. As an organization we are actively reflecting on and improving our internal culture and developing our competencies to support and work with organizations, schools, and districts.

The position will report directly to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the senior leadership team to shape the future of CCE. As an organization with a national scope and a flexible working style, we prioritize hiring the best person for each role, regardless of geography. Occasional travel may be required. The role is a full-time, remote position.

If you are passionate about helping communities and building a better playing field for educational opportunities, solving complex problems, thinking creatively, and helping communities strengthen their cultures through education, we'd love to speak with you!

Responsibilities of the Director of Communications

The Director of Communications will be an adaptive senior leader with demonstrated experience and success in using communications strategies to bring an organization’s strategy alive. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a communication strategy to support CCE’s mission by:
    • Leading communication planning and systems that cross the organization, supporting CCE’s goals and programs
    • Developing a marketing and communications plan to tell the stories emerging from CCE’s work with its partners
    • Managing multiple projects from conception to completion by anticipating challenges and ensuring deadline and budget adherence
    • Applying or creating tools and templates that contribute to our communications effectiveness
    • Collecting data and tracking outcomes of the communications and marketing strategy
    Develop and implement an earned media strategy to amplify the stories emerging from CCE’s work with its partners by:
    • Writing press releases and managing incoming media requests
    • Preparing key messaging talking points and preparing staff for interviews
    • Developing proactive media pitches, such as letters to the editor, op-eds, blog posts
    • Tracking all CCE media outreach, placements, and mentions
    Manage the production and dissemination process for all publications, including overseeing timelines, graphic design, editorial calendars, launch, and outreach by:
    • Collaborating with CCE staff and partners on the development of publications, including reports, presentations, newsletters, features, blog posts, press releases, and articles
    • Developing a CCE style guide
    • Tailoring publications to match expected audiences
    • Building and managing relationships with community partners, organizational colleagues, vendors, and contractors
    • Copyediting all external materials
    Create and implement a social media and website strategy to strengthen the brand and engage CCE’s community on social media by:
    • Collaborating with staff to plan, create, and publish engaging content that resonates with the communities that CCE works with and builds thought leadership
    • Developing and implementing CCE-specific social media communications programs, projects, and strategies
    • Providing day-to-day social media support for CCE Collecting and analyzing social media analytics metrics using data and insights to help inform the development of CCE communication strategies
    • Providing support for social listening, monitoring, and community management, and developing best practice strategies for proactive engagement and risk mitigation
    • Managing the CCE website by making content updates and ensuring consistency of message
    • Drafting, developing, and trafficking social media content that is on-brand and within budget parameters
    • Providing ongoing review and audit of CCE website pages to ensure that they are reflective of the most updated language, guidelines, and resources
    • Liaising with website developers to communicate necessary changes and updates, including building copy documents and creating website tickets for implementation
    • Writing website content including long-form website copy for the creation of new pages or significant updates to existing pages, updates to existing website copy, titles, or metadata descriptions to help improve SEO
    • Liaising with SMEs in research and communities to update website pages and tool language, ensuring adherence to brand guidelines

Qualifications

The Director of Communications must demonstrate deep experience and passion in developing and implementing a robust communications strategy. CCE is looking for a diligent worker who seeks out challenges, is prepared to overcome obstacles, and who has the vision, the practical expertise, and collaborative team-building skills to get the work done. The successful candidate for the position of Director of Communications should have the following qualifications, knowledge, and skills:

  • A passion for and commitment to working with schools, districts, and communities to increase educational equity so that all students succeed and all communities thrive
  • A deep understanding of and commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and record of implementing systems to support these values
  • Proven experience and success in a communications and marketing position
  • Experience in the non-profit and/or K-12 public education sector preferred
  • Experience supervising, mentoring, and developing staff Ability to write and edit using consistent messaging, tone, and organizational style with attention to requirements for different audiences and the ability to simplify complex information. Must have strong copy editing skills. Comfortable sharing a point of view
  • Demonstrated project management skills with ability to work independently and as a collaborator, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Purposeful orientation, with evidence of capacity to make good decisions independently and in collaboration with others
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Google Drive, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), WordPress, Salesforce, and email targeting tools
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills and ability to work well in a collaborative environment with diverse stakeholders
  • A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to collaborate with many diverse stakeholders within the organization, work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment, and facilitate joint problem-solving with the team
  • Flexibility as a leader who can operate at a highly strategic level, but can also perform tactical communications-related responsibilities
  • A highly self-motivated work style and willingness to proactively take on roles within project teams and the organization
  • Comfort with and interest in joining a small, entrepreneurial organization with a flexible working environment
  • Ability to thoughtfully give and receive feedback, and experience doing so
  • Bachelor’s degree and experience in the field

Company

About Us

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed.

The Why of Our Work

Founded in 1994, CCE envisions a just and equitable world where every student is college- and career-ready and prepared to become a compassionate, thoughtful, and contributing global citizen. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools.

It's All About Educational Equity

Our staff is fueled by a passion to attain educational equity*—the creation of belief systems and educational policies, practices, and programs, necessary to:

  • Provide barrier-free cultures for any student group, particularly students within historically underserved groups, in which respect and dialogue are the norm
  • Provide equitable educational opportunities along with differentiated support and resources to ensure that every student, in all subgroups, demonstrates competency over rigorous standards for academic performance

We strive to contribute to planned, systemic strategies that focus on the core of the teaching and learning process (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and culture). We believe that equity encompasses an ongoing process of examination of data, inquiry, action, and reflection. We aspire to be, and develop, leaders who communicate and act upon an equity belief system to create equity-driven schools.

* Adapted from “Educational Equity Defined” by Barbara Bitters

Our Impact

Through our four strategic program areas, CCE drives our mission forward with a number of student-centered initiatives nationwide. Here's just a sample of the ways we're making an impact in our communities:


We're supporting Massachusetts educators through the Essex County Learning Community, providing professional learning focused on creating equitable learning opportunities for students with learning differences.


We're engaging with legislators, school districts, and teachers across the state to move the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment forward in the hopes of providing engaging, equitable alternatives to standardized tests.


We're working with the New Hampshire Department of Education to bring Quality Performance Assessments to New Hampshire in place of standardized tests. These assessments complement students' day-to-day work and support deeper learning.


We're giving future teachers and leaders the tools they need to close the achievement gap in Los Angeles public schools and improve instructional quality with the Los Angeles Urban Teachers Residency and Los Angeles New Administrators Program.


We conduct research to inform the work of educators, policy makers, and our communities in our ongoing effort to address achievement gaps and catalyze change. We publish our findings on CCE's Publications page.

Find Us
Website
Telephone
617-421-0134
Location
33 Harrison Avenue, 6th fl
Boston
MA
02111
United States
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