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13 Jan 2022

Full-Time Director of Communications

Bellwether Education Partners – Posted by Bellwether Recruiting Anywhere

Job Description

Use your superior communications abilities and leadership skills to put a spotlight on Bellwether Education Partners’ impact. 

Bellwether has an immediate opening for a Director of Communications who will shape the way we tell the story of our work and impact, lead the organization in the promotion and dissemination of all public-facing research, oversee the work of marketing and branding consultants, track impact using metrics and analytics, and develop and maintain internal systems for communications planning.

About Bellwether Education Partners 

Bellwether Education Partners is a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes. We are committed to improving education and advancing equity for Black, Hispanic, low-income, and other students who have been historically denied opportunity. We do this by helping education and youth-serving organizations accelerate their impact and by working to improve policy and practice.

Our External Relations (XR) team develops and implements strategy for Bellwether fundraising and communications, and leads Bellwether’s external relations work.

Our Policy and Evaluation team conducts analyses that inform leaders, organizations, and the broader field on ways to improve their work for America’s underserved students. We produce quantitative and qualitative analyses of contemporary education issues, conduct traditional and innovative evaluations, and generate new ideas and solutions for the sector. We offer recommendations to improve outcomes for underserved youth across the P-20 landscape that are informed by rigorous analytical methods; our extensive understanding of the local, state, and federal policy landscape; and our experience working with a wide range of educational and early childhood systems, leaders, and practitioners.

Our Strategic Advising team is deeply experienced in supporting educational organizations — districts, states, charters, nonprofits, and foundations — to develop ambitious but achievable plans to increase their impact on underserved students. We advise leaders and organizations on their most pressing strategic and operational issues. Our work ranges from supporting entrepreneurs through business plan development, to partnering with established organizations on growth and performance improvement, to assessing new opportunities for impact as the field evolves. We develop highly actionable plans that leadership teams own and run with.

Why bring all this together? Bellwether was founded on the belief that the only way to ensure that all children have access to high-quality schools is to take a holistic approach to education’s most pressing challenges. Having various areas of expertise makes our work stronger by tying innovative thinking to perspectives regarding on-the-ground realities.

In this way, Bellwether has carved out a special and desperately needed niche in the education reform landscape. We aren’t just a think tank or a consulting firm. We are both, and more, providing comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most long-standing and complicated problems.

 

Responsibilities

The Director of Communications is a senior-level position on the XR team, reporting to co-founder and Partner, Andy Rotherham. The Director of Communications will work collaboratively across the organization with our Policy and Evaluation team, as well as the Strategic Advising team, to ensure the successful dissemination and promotion of public-facing work. Occasionally, the Director of Communications may participate in minor ways on client projects in an advising role.

In this position, you should expect to:

Drive high-impact communications, dissemination, and outreach.

  • Lead “packaging” and dissemination of Bellwether’s expert-developed content, with keen attention to tailoring content to the modality of the audience.
  • Lead outreach efforts to target audiences including media, policymakers, funders, current and prospective clients, and other stakeholders — for all public-facing reports and products.
  • Draft media advisories, press releases, and talking points about Bellwether’s work.

Shape the communications and marketing strategy.

  • Provide critical input into shaping and articulating Bellwether’s competitive advantage and brand.
  • Develop and implement strategies and branding efforts to build awareness and strength of the Bellwether brand, both internally and externally.
  • Actively identify opportunities to build and diversify Bellwether’s audiences.
  • Help us build awareness in new and unfamiliar areas of communications and marketing.
  • Build team knowledge.
  • Define and refine key metrics to track and manage to help us evaluate the impact of our work.
  • Build Bellwether team capacity around marketing and communications, including assisting with cross-organizational communications alignment and internal communications.
  • Identify and execute on learning opportunities for the team around marketing and communications strategy.

Qualifications

Excited? We are, too. You should apply if you have:

  • A passion for and commitment to improving schools serving high-need students and familiarity with the challenges and disparities facing underserved students and education reform efforts in the United States.
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • At least seven to 10 years of demonstrated professional experience in communications, writing, and/or public relations and media relations.
  • A demonstrated track record of successful development and implementation of marketing and communications strategies in the public, private, and/or nonprofit sector.
  • Strong skills in written communication, editing, and interpersonal communication.
  • Fluency with social media platforms and blogs.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively about opportunities to expand the reach of our work.
  • Entrepreneurial work style and willingness to proactively identify needs and take on projects.
  • A demonstrated appreciation for diverse backgrounds and perspectives and the value that various kinds of diversity bring to communications work.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects to timely and effective execution.
  • Ability to give and get feedback; to manage up and laterally, as needed; and to execute projects successfully without constant supervision.
  • A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • A high attention to detail and a commitment to producing the highest-quality work.

The following traits/skills are preferred but not required:

  • A strong personal network of media connections in policy, education, trade, and/or mainstream press.
  • Experience with web-based content management systems (including Drupal and WordPress) and CRMs (including Salesforce).
  • Email marketing and list-building experience.
  • Marketing and branding work.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.

 

Compensation 

Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and firm success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.

 

How to Apply

To Apply Use your application (a custom letter of interest, a current résumé, and two short writing samples of one to three pages) to show us how you’ve got the skills we’ve listed or why the skills you have are the ones we actually need. Apply here! Bellwether is committed to building a team that reflects the varied backgrounds and experiences of the students we seek to serve. It is important to us that you use your application materials to clearly surface ways in which your background and experiences align with Bellwether’s core values, including our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.

Job Types: Full-Time.

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