Position Description: Membership/Communications Associate
The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (CCLC) helps Chicago’s adult education organizations secure resources and training so that underserved adult learners can become economically successful.
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Membership/Communications Associate (Associate) will ensure that CCLC’s annual membership engagement and communications goals are met. The Associate will guarantee that CCLC’s membership benchmarks are met and/or exceeded; and be responsible for executing timely and relevant communications to CCLC’s network.
Communicate the value of CCLC membership to current and potential members; lead annual membership sign-up campaign. (40 members sign up)
Schedule and coordinate, 6 membership meetings on the south/west sides of the city.
Manage a calendar of membership engagement opportunities throughout the year including, but not limited to: the Adult Education Rally at the Thompson Center, the annual Holiday Party for board and members, participation in IACEA legislative awareness day, and Night of 1,000 Stars.
In coordination with the Executive Director implement organization’s annual communications plan to elevate CCLC locally and nationally.
Run CCLC’s social media platforms, develop and implement a social media strategy that grows CCLC’s digital footprint. Ensure that CCLC’s programs and events are reported out on in a timely and far-reaching manner. Monitor and analyze social media analytics.
Manage CCLC’s website to ensure accuracy and currency of content so that stakeholders can find relevant and accurate information.
Assist Executive Director in fundraising functions including: Giving Tuesday campaign, Beyond Books fundraising event (sponsorship requests, developing marketing materials and outreach), occasional grant writing and prospecting, donor correspondence, and other duties as assigned.
Provide support to CCLC Program Director on digital campaigns, materials and marketing for special events, and print publications.
Produce bi-weekly e-newsletter and other regular e-communications.
Control information output and incoming requests for information from various media outlets.
Conduct research to identify articles and trending topics affecting the organization’s mission and work.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for the transformative power of adult basic education and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders that translate into organizational growth. He or she will articulate the issues of adult education and showcase the impact of CCLC and it’s member organizations. The Associate’s work will focus on engaging CCLC’s member base and communicating about the Coalition’s work.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree a plus. Experience in one of the following areas: public relations, journalism, marketing, or communications.
Possess a comprehensive understanding of modern communication methods with culturally diverse businesses, non-profits, government agencies and individuals.
Strong cultural competency with an ability to relate to a wide range of communities.
Experience maintaining an organization’s website and coordinating and/or managing social media outreach.
Experience writing newsletters, event planning, graphic communications, advertising, and other related services.
Experience with Constant Contact, Canva and WordPress a plus.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Spanish language skills a plus.
Excellent research, information gathering and interviewing skills.
This position requires an energetic and engaging individual who is detail-orientated. Experience in social media, program and project management, advocacy, and organizing is critical as well as an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The candidate must be capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously while achieving outcomes; capacity for identifying problems, initiating, and implementing creative solutions; strong communication skills to promote outreach and relationship building that demonstrates interest in helping low-skilled adults achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits included
About Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
CCLC was incorporated as a 501(C)3 in 2003 as a forum for representatives from the Hispanic Literacy Council and the North, South and West Side Literacy Coalitions to convene and share common interests in the promotion and delivery of literacy services in Chicago.