Associate Director of Communications and Special Events
August 6, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Christopher House was founded in 1906 during the settlement house movement to support immigrants transitioning to life in America. Today, Christopher House is closing the opportunity gap through a continuum of personalized education with immersive family support starting at birth. We provide resources to thousands of low-income children and their families to succeed in school, the workplace, and life. We partner with families, including teenage and single-parent families, to provide the tools for parents to create and foster stable, self-sufficient families. Christopher House’s ultimate vision is to create a national model for helping low-income, at-risk children and their families achieve success
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
In the fall of 2013, Christopher House built on its portfolio of early learning schools and expanded this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school. The school will create unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence.
Position Objective: Use the agency’s established branding and messaging, along with outcome measures and success stories to increase visibility for the agency with stakeholder and donor audiences. Assist in the growth of organizational revenue through communications for major giving from individuals, the board of directors and capital campaigns.
Supervises: Intern(s) Responsibilities: With the Director of External Affairs, create and implement an effective communications and public relations plan elevating Christopher House’s public profile with targeted audiences.
Develop annual Communication Plan for marketing and public relations efforts to support Christopher House and its annual and campaign fundraising, leveraging opportunities to promote the organization and expand its visibility and strong reputation. Develop a consistent internal and external brand messaging strategy that is reflective of all programs.
Enhances organization visibility through thought leadership. Proactively seek and manage visibility opportunities for the organization. Uncover and exploit exposure opportunities with key media outlets. Drive story planning and writing for pitching to press, including all necessary reporter follow-up efforts (fact-finding, quote development/approval, executive interview coordination, etc.)
Create timely, accurate and effective content and graphic design for all communications materials, including newsletters, annual reports, e-blasts, website updates, social media, press releases and other materials designed to educate and engage donors. Managing design, timeline, budget, copy, and mailing segmentations for print and virtual campaigns. Lead virtual communication through social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), emails to external stakeholders, and website management. Provide timely reports with analysis of public relation, media and web-based activity.
Oversee logistics special event activities, including committee work, benefit programming, fundraising and engagement events, effectively being the day-to-day manager of the logistics. Responsible for logistics of the Annual Benefit: managing all communications, vendor relations, timeline, auction management, run of show, volunteers, and budgeting.
Coordinate with programming team and other External Affairs team members to produce effective engagement events: including quarterly tours, Read-A-Thon, and Holiday Programs. Support key leaders with development of presentations, articles, speeches, and talking points.
In support of organization’s major giving ($5,000+) and capital campaign goals, plan and create branding of meeting materials and donor acknowledgement. Plan and execute major donor and capital campaign recognition events with the Director of External Affairs. Attend Christopher House events, dinners and meetings, when appropriate, to enhance external relations with stakeholders. Manage donor recognition print, virtual, and signage for capital campaign vendor relations.
Serve as a representative of Christopher House at external functions and at Board events as needed.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Qualifications: Minimum of 5 years of post- college work experience, including at least two years in communications, public relations or marketing position. Expertise and knowledge in building brand and a keen understanding of the region’s media, philanthropic and social services landscapes. Ability to write persuasively, clearly, concisely, and accurately blending information from multiple sources and tailoring messages to align with the interests of a variety of donor audiences. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to motivate and build a rapport with a variety of stakeholders, including staff, board, volunteers and donors. Outstanding writing, graphic design, print and electronic communication skills are a must. Strong understanding of social media and website optimization. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment while demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness when faced with dynamic priorities and needs. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite. Proficiency using the Raiser’s Edge for electronic communication a plus. Ability to work outside standard work hours, attending public relation events, fundraising events, and other meetings and events.