Advocacy/Lobbying, Marketing/Outreach/PR, Program Management
The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) is a regional non-profit organization founded in 2016 to catalyze and champion policies, systems, and practices that ensure all students in and around Chicago – particularly low-income and first-generation college students – graduate from college and achieve their career aspirations. PCC has set an ambitious goal to eliminate institutional achievement gaps in college degree completion for low-income and first-generation students in the region by 2025, establishing northeastern Illinois as a national leader in equity in attainment. Despite improvements in the high school graduation rates and matriculation rates for students, college completion rates have remained flat and achievement gaps between groups have persisted. Read our report - Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at Who Graduates College & Why It Matters - to learn more about these issues.
With its vision for system-level reform and institutional change, the PCC will execute a three-part strategy in pursuit of its goals:
Supporting colleges directly in their change efforts (technical support)
Advocating for effective local, state, and national legislation & policy (public policy)
Increasing public dialogue on college outcomes (public awareness)
The Partnership seeks a Senior Communications Manager who will be an integral part of the team working to develop, roll out, and implement our signature initiatives related to all three focus areas, supporting PCC partner colleges in their efforts to deliver on ambitious goals, creating a state policy environment that supports equity and student success, and raising public awareness about these issues. The Senior Manager will be a critical part of a small team and growing organization who will wear many hats. This individual will be thorough, creative, analytical, capable of effectively managing multiple competing priorities for internal and external stakeholders, and both highly autonomous and productive in a team setting.
PCC seeks to develop a cohesive and timely strategy that maximizes e-mail, social media and web assets, while emphasizing storytelling and inspiring action from public and education stakeholders. PCC is looking for passionate individual who is committed to higher education reform, who is able to thrive in a fast-paced and high-energy workplace.
The Senior Communications Manager will lead the development and implementation of marketing/communications tactics for the organization across earned media, paid media, social media, print design, website and e-mail marketing. The ideal candidate will have outstanding writing skills, including the ability to generate content on short deadlines and experience coordinating digital and print functions while adhering to a communications content calendar.
Develops content for public consumption and for use across PCC media channels.
Writes press releases and fact sheets and contributes to white papers, policy briefs and related presentations.
Drafts talking points for staff and coalition partners.
Interacts with reporters, coalition members, educators and other community stakeholders.
Updates the PCC website and other public channels with new content.
Monitors and reports to the team on metrics and analyzes results on audience demographic trends, optimizing content and identifying opportunities for targeted engagement and continued list growth.
Supports marketing, public relations and media relations efforts related to the Partnership’s events.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Passion for PCC’s mission. 2. Highly developed and effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively for large and small groups. 3. Superior research, writing and editing skills, with the ability to tailor writing for a variety of audiences. 4. Ability to manipulate data sets to produce charts, graphs, and relevant publications for internal and external audiences. 5. Ability to engage with diverse communities and constituencies at all levels. 6. Willingness to learn and adapt amid new and shifting priorities with a ‘can-do,’ solutions-oriented approach to problem solving. 7. Thrive in a lean, high volume, fast-paced, mission-driven work environment. 8. Development-oriented mindset; reflective, self-aware, open and responsive to feedback and driven to learn from setbacks. 9. Ability to travel regularly within the region and occasionally beyond.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public policy, education, social sciences, business, economics, or related field.
Five or more years of related professional experience.
Enthusiasm for emerging technologies as tools for social change.
Understanding of email and social media marketing best practices.
Track record of developing engaging social media copy and content.
Ability to analyze response data and make recommendations to improve results.
Experience managing staff.
Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Experience with Joomla, MailChimp, and design software.
Belief in PCC core values:
- All students can succeed when given the right opportunities, tools, and supports. - Equity in higher education is an urgent civil rights challenge. - Solutions and resources exist to close the equity gap in higher education.
Master’s degree in a relevant field.
Relationships with press contacts.
Experience leading teams.
Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample with the subject line Senior Communications Manager to kwestbrook @ partnershipfcc.org. Resumes will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through September 2019.
Internal Number: 7735643641
About Partnership for College Completion
The Partnership for College Completion is dedicated to improving college completion rates for first generation, low income college students through research, advocacy, and best practice sharing among leaders in higher education, nonprofit, and the public sectors.