Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO) is looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing team player who is passionate about social justice and public education who is comfortable engaging individuals and speaking in large groups about GYO for a 10 month consulting position to assist with outreach and communication efforts. This full-time position will assist with increasing awareness of the program, conducting outreach events and creating communication materials.
Primary duties will include increasing awareness of GYO to key constituencies with the goals of increasing the number of applicants and expanding the number of partners. The position will entail frequent travel across the city of Chicago, frequent public speaking and public engagements.
Hold outreach events at universities, high schools and community organizations
Meet individually and in small groups with individuals interested in learning more about GYO
Represent GYO, as needed, at coalition and partner meetings
Create and distribute outreach materials and programmatic updates
Create and distribute monthly newsletter
Maintain success stories and profiles of candidates and graduates
Maintain social media presence
Attend monthly team meetings
Maintain database of all outreach contacts
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Experience with outreach to diverse communities
Experience developing relationships with a variety of partners
Experience giving presentations and speaking in front of groups
Experience developing and executing outreach plans
Experience working with Chicago non-profits or elected officials
Experience working with nonprofits, universities or school districts
Experience creating and disseminating communications materials
Experience maintaining websites
Ability to absorb a great deal of information quickly
Ability to understand the political landscape and navigate it on behalf of GYO
Willingness to travel frequently
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite
Excellent listening and interpersonal skills
Must work well as part of a team and independently
Experience working with individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
Minimum 3 years’ experience in communications or outreach
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
Additional Salary Information: This is a 9 month grant funded contract position with the possibility of extension. The 9 month contract is for $65,000 and does not include any benefits.
About Grow Your Own Illinois
GYO is a teacher training program that values diversity, the wisdom of community and ensuring the best possible education for students in high needs schools. GYO’s mission is to support low-income parents and community members to become certified teachers in their neighborhood schools in order to improve the educational outcomes for students.
GYO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. GYO does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.