Summary: The Program Manager I, Communications is a key full-time position in the Partners for Education department reporting to the Associate Director of Communications and working closely with the Director of Programs to ensure effective communications of program activities and results. The Program Manager I, Communications is responsible for managing internal and external communication efforts for a portfolio of programs, including working with local and regional media, producing print and multimedia/video materials and working with staff on communication of a consistent message. This position will also work with staff to develop proposals for presentations at conferences and workshops statewide and nationally.
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education required to ensure success in this position: • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing, communications or related field is required.
Experience required to ensure success in this position: • Minimum of two years of experience in communications/public relations is required.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities: • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills • Superior interpersonal and organizational skills • Ability to develop written communication tools for print and web-based publication • Familiarity with video production using DSLR cameras • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a multifaceted team • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently under tight timeframes • Knowledge/experience working in Appalachian Kentucky • Experience with AP Style editing • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
License, certification, or registration necessary: • Valid driver’s license • Background check, including social media check
Physical requirements: • Ability to work in a high energy environment all day • Ability to navigate campus/public buildings and grounds • Ability to travel independently by car and/or plane • Ability to occasionally lift up to 20 lbs.
Environmental conditions: • Professional office environment with interruptions and noise due to frequent visitors, students, staff, faculty and callers. • Occasional travel required for meetings, conferences, etc. • Regional travel within the service area
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment: • Standard office equipment – computer, telephone, photocopier • Vehicle- college vans/cars
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Write and edit communications materials including press releases, statements, opinion pieces, fact sheets, talking points and other communications materials for public dissemination; • Establish a communications strategy supporting program goals with guidance from the Director of Programs and the Director of Communications; • Produce short form videos and participate in the production of long form video projects. • Maintain relationships with local media to secure and grow media coverage for program initiatives; • Develop communication materials for community campaigns to increase the involvement of businesses, community members and the faith-based community with program initiatives; • Work with project directors to draft grant impact reports; • Provide staff training and coaching on messaging, storytelling, and communication with program participants; and • Implement the assigned internal communications’ strategies for the portfolio of programs that supports and aligns with Partners for Education’s communication strategy.
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.