The Communications Coordinator has two functions at The Boulevard. The primary duty is to draft needed collateral materials in support of the Development Department and coordinate the agency’s social media presence. These materials include the agency’s E-News, Annual Report, invitations, the Annual Appeal, and other projects as assigned. Current social media utilized by the agency are Constant Contact, a website in Squarespace, and Facebook. The secondary duty is to coordinate volunteer and gift-in-kind activities, including volunteer recruitment.
Reports to: Director of Development
Directly Supervises: None
Compile “success stories” about Boulevard program participants willing to share their stories, and includes narrative on how they have been helped by the Boulevard’s programs.
Write a quarterly E-News publication featuring stories in support of agency’s goals (i.e. an upcoming event), a success story, a past donor/event story, wish list, etc.
Draft program narratives and profiles for use in Annual Reports and Annual Video, and work with the Director of Development in support of those projects.
Maintain and expand social media presence by covering group volunteer projects at The Boulevard, and in support of Development activities, throughout the year.
Work with the Director of Development to keep the agency’s website current.
Recruit volunteers through Volunteer Match and other online services; religious organizations, corporate and university volunteer programs, and through other outreach mechanisms. Screen prospects and connect to appropriate program staff.
Maintain an avenue of communications with current & prospective volunteers, and keep an accurate calendar of volunteer activities. Develop and implement a volunteer appreciation program, in conjunction with the Director of Development.
Maintain database of volunteers, volunteer hours, and gifts-in-kind. Issue thank you letters as appropriate.
Provide administrative support to Development Department when needed.
Bachelor’s degree (English or Communications preferred; strong oral and written communication skills – writing samples will be requested; experience with Microsoft Office; and must be adept at social media. Valid drivers license.
Desired: photography & photo editing experience; familiarity with publishing software such In-Design or Publisher.
About The Boulevard of Chicago
For more than 23years, The Boulevard of Chicago (formerly Interfaith House) has been a recognized leader in the network of organizations working to address the challenges faced by Chicago’s homeless population. The Boulevard is a unique organization, dedicated to helping homeless men and women with medical recovery needs that cannot be appropriately addressed in a shelter environment. We provide program participants with medical respite care, interim housing, a wide variety of support services, and help obtain stable housing. We believe there is a direct link between stable medical and mental health, and stable housing.