Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
About Gads Hill Center:
Established in 1898 as a settlement house serving the Pilsen community, Gads Hill Center has expanded to serve children, youth and families from sites in North Lawndale, Brighton Park, Pilsen and Chicago Lawn and multiple school-based locations. Our formal programs, including early childhood education, comprehensive family support, academic and social-emotional support, school-based mental health and community nutrition education, serve over 4,000 families annually. In addition, the agency reaches over 15,000 individuals annually through one-time community health and fitness events.
Under the general direction of the Director of Development, the Communications Coordinator develops and coordinates the organization’s communication strategy to elevate Gads Hill Center’s profile in Chicago. This position will also ensure that the Gads Hill Center brand identity is reflected with fidelity in all of the organization’s marketing and communications materials.
Creates and implements an effective communication strategy for the organization’s various stakeholder groups that elevates Gads Hill Center’s profile and name recognition.
Develops new strategies and creative solutions to enhance internal and external communications.
Ensures brand identity and messaging quality and consistency throughout organization communications.
Develops agency messaging and communications content that reflects broader, sector-related issues and positions Gads Hill Center as a leader in the field of early childhood education and youth services.
Creates and implements annual social media strategy to support the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts, and, in general, raise awareness about Gads Hill Center.
Develops and manages relationships with local and industry-specific media outlets including but not limited to print, television, and radio.
Collaborates with staff and volunteers to create, edit and bank video “stories” for marketing purposes.
Drafts, edits and manages the development, distribution and maintenance of all marketing and communications collateral including but not limited to brochures, newsletters, e-newsletters/e-blasts, and press releases; maintains up-to-date e-mail lists in coordination with Development staff.
Maintains a robust social media presence including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and blogs.
Oversees the daily maintenance of the Gad’s Hill Center website as a key communication and marketing tool.
Produces reports and analysis of social media metrics, reporting on website and email marketing analytics as well as Facebook and other social media analytics.
Develops special event collateral including save the dates, invitations, programs, and related materials, and promotes events through social media, e-communications and other communication channels.
Builds effective relationships with media, reporters, and editors to ensure placement of stories relevant to Gads Hill Center.
Updates and produces press kits as necessary.
Serves as an ambassador of the work of the agency in the broader community.
Other duties as assigned.
This position requires a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience working in nonprofit sector.
Expert level writing, researching and communication skills.
Ability to develop, write and implement internal and external communications.
Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and to meet deadlines.
Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data, including statistics.
Ability to articulate organizational objectives and institutional development goals.
Anticipates opportunities and provides solutions beforehand.
Ability to meet deadlines.
A basic working knowledge of common office equipment (copier, fax machine, printer, etc).
Must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, and possess strong organizational skills.
Ability to work well with the public, fellow employees, volunteers and Board of Directors
An exceptional ability to multitask and carryout numerous projects at the same time.
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, etc.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Knowledge of various social media platforms.
Passionate belief in the potential of low-income urban youth and Gads Hill Center’s mission to close the Opportunity divide for this population.
Schedule: Part Time, 20 hours per week
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago IL
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts.
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STE...M-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.