Director, Communications - Teach For America Indianapolis
- 16-Jul-2021 to 14-Aug-2021
- - Teach For America
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Full Time
We are seeking a Director, Communications to lead our internal and external communications, including our online media, community engagement, and brand stewardship by our team and network.
In this role, you will shape and advance our public agenda informed by positions on policies and practices that most contribute to student success in the near and long term. You are an enthusiastic relationship and network builder. You inspire and influence others through your storytelling. You believe in the power of coalitions.
You will be joining a regional team that aspires to be dynamic, inclusive, and joyful. Teach For America Indianapolis leads within an innovation lab within our national organization – identifying, piloting, and iterating practices that drive local impact and have the potential to inform org-wide learning.
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children's potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.
Teach For America's (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement.
THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Lead our regional communications to steward our brand and advance understanding of our strategy (40%)
- Set vision and direction for Communications function in alignment with our regional strategy, including operationalizing key beliefs and messages across multiple communications channels with internal and external stakeholders
- Lead and manage our full portfolio of communications channels and methods
- Accelerate our progress towards near term and long-term goals through identifying, curating, and/or creating opportunities for regional team members to participate in and contribute to community events, conversations, and initiatives
- Identify, monitor, and internalize regional and national communications that impact our regional strategy, including analyzing stakeholder perspectives and curating learnings for our regional team
- Build relationships and networks with regional and national communications colleagues, identifying potential synergies and monitoring perspectives
Manage self and others in executing a multi-year communications and external affairs strategy (40%)
- Partner with Executive Director and Chief Program and Operating Officer on a public agenda and external engagement strategy that increases our brand presence and advances identified policies and practices across the region
- Develop an editorial calendar and key messages to support our strategy that are reinforced and supported by a portfolio of communication strategies, including generating unique and original content as well as cross-promoting aligned efforts
- Coach and develop communications knowledge and skill across our regional team while collaborating on tactics to create momentum and awareness around network events
- Provide additional photography, design, messaging/content, and other supports for functional teams and member groups to confidently utilize brand assets and incorporate brand standards into their work
Fulfill our Mission through Organizational and Regional Priorities (20%)
- Cultivate a clear, personal vision for your leadership and how it relates to your goals
- Have deep knowledge of your identity and how race, class, and privilege influence your values, mindsets and behaviors and ability to work alongside lines of sameness and difference
- Attend regional staff meetings and retreats held throughout the year and occasional conferences and trainings
- Participate in our region's corps member selection, matriculation, preservice, and ongoing engagement initiatives
- Owned communications channel reach and engagement
- External engagements that support regional strategy and build local coalitions
- Earned media placement(s)
- Brand coherence in regional team collateral, written, and verbal communication
THE MUST HAVES
- 7+ years of work experience or equivalent increasing leadership in communications required
- Experience working in the Indianapolis education landscape highly preferred, but not necessary
- Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Evening and/or weekend programming commitments are about once a quarter and are scheduled several months in advance. Community events and engagements may be more spontaneous, and you can work with your manager to proactively identify scheduling needs.
- Minimal Travel required – approx. 2-6 times per year
- Communicating Effectively
- Defining Opportunities and Risks
- Understanding the Perspective of Others
- Synthesizing, Integrating and Developing Strategies
- Organizing, Planning, and Executing
- Building Relationships and Networks
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
You will report directly to our Chief Program and Operating Officer and will work collaboratively with colleagues across our regional team. You will serve as a member of our external affairs collaborative team, engage as a member of our org-wide Marketing and Communications Lab, and establish relationships with Indy communications and community engagement leaders.
By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process
WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIVENESS
In all we do, we act on the following beliefs:
- Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.
- The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
- The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.
Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
*This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
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