Ensure strategic direction of media efforts, outreach, training and other communications projects for Access Living. The three primary goals of this position are a) to maintain an enhanced public image and gain greater visibility for Access Living in order to promote agency goals; b) to promote independent living and disability issues to the general public and c) promote and direct efforts related to Access Living’s Disability Inclusion Institute (DI2). DI2 is an initiative to provide disability inclusion training and consulting to businesses. This position supervises the Disability Inclusion Training Specialist, the Social Media/Website Specialist and the Disability Resource Coordinator.
Responsible for directing public messaging and awareness about Access Living’s programs and fundraising through media, publications and videos, website and social media
Supervise the Disability Inclusion Training Specialist, the Social Media/Website Specialist and the Disability Resource Coordinator (outreach position)
Direct and appropriately market the Disability Inclusion Institute
Responsible for developing Access Living's public relations, social media, outreach and DI2, objectives, and budgets
Oversee development and maintenance of core Access Living marketing materials
Prepare written materials and coordinate production of internal and external communications including: media advisories, press statements, success stories, public education about disability topics, brochures, community calendar, PSAs, consumer newsletter, Annual Reports, etc
Coordinate Access Living membership program
Supervises design/development of Access Living web site and assures relevancy and upkeep of site
Develop and maintain cooperative working relations with producers, correspondents, reporters, writers and photographers from local. state and national media
Initiate media contacts and coordinate media access to Access Living information, positioning Access Living as a subject matter expert
Review and approve Access Living promotional materials produced by teams
Write speeches, as necessary, for President or others.
Coordinate Access Living's photo opportunities and photo retention
Plan and implement specific communications and promotional projects and events as needed, including across departments
Coordinate media promotion of Access Living's annual Gala
Develop and implement Access Living’s archival plan, assure upkeep
Assures all press events accessible/inclusive and accessibility of materials (both digital and in print).
Ensures program policies, practices and procedures that relate to Access Living’s communications work are established and implemented
Responsible for compliance with all relevant AL policies
Assures documentation by all Communications Department staff of relevant activities in CILs First
Monitors and evaluates outcomes and quality of communications, recommends and implements improvements.
Assures implementation of Communication goals in Access Living’s Strategic Plan
Serves on Administrative Planning Team (senior management) and helps make strategic decisions on behalf of the entire organization.
Coordinates and supervises department’s budget
Provides staff leadership and coordination of 4-5 board committee meetings annually
Attends all meetings of the Board of Directors
Provides qualitative and quantitative information to the Board to track department progress
Engages Board members as appropriate, in communications work of organization
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Work requires knowledge of communication/public relations activities normally acquired through completion of a Bachelors' Degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, or related discipline required, masters preferred. Writing samples required.
5-10 years work experience in public relations or related discipline preferred. Strong media contacts preferred. Prior management experience strongly preferred. First-hand experience with disability community and civil rights movement preferred. Strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Ability to work on deadline, sometimes with short turnaround.
Ability to travel, particularly in and around Chicago. Occasional travel to Springfield and/or nationally.
Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000
Access Living offers excellent benefits, vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:
No phone calls, please.
About Access Living
Non-profit organization that help individuals with disability.