Director of Communications

Alliance for Decision Education

Posted: 11/15/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Marketing/Communications

Primary domain: Education

City: Bala Cynwyd

Postal code: 19004

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

$1M - $3M

Website:

https://alliancefordecisioneducation.org/

Mission statement:

We Are Building a National Education Movement

The Alliance for Decision Education (formerly How I Decide Foundation) is dedicated to the belief that better decisions lead to better lives and a better society. Our mission is to improve lives by empowering students to be better decision makers. In 2014, we began working with education experts to create engaging and award-winning programs that introduced decision skills to students across the country. Informed by our success, we realized we had to do more.

Today, the Alliance for Decision Education is gathering education and industry leaders, researchers, policymakers, teachers, program providers, and parents from across the country to ensure Decision Education becomes a critical part of every middle and high school student’s learning experience. We are building the field of Decision Education and creating a national movement that can, and will, make a difference in the lives of students for generations to come.

What We Believe

  • Better decisions lead to better lives and a better society.
  • Individuals can improve their decision skills.
  • Students can and should learn decision skills.
  • It is time to bring Decision Education into the classroom for every middle and high school student.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, branding, website, social media, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate our mission and engage the stakeholder community. The Director of Communications will ensure that the Alliance for Decision Education is viewed as the primary reference, disseminator, and conduit of information within our diverse constituency.

The Director of Communications will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Responsibilities
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications plan across the network’s audiences in collaboration with the Alliance for Decision Education team and constituents

  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate

  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and brand awareness, as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters, social media postings, and the Alliance for Decision Education’s websites

  • Develop and manage all media contacts and improve our organization’s visibility beyond its immediate constituency through earned media and other PR efforts

  • Mentor and lead team members responsible for the Alliance for Decision Education’s websites’ administration and coordination

  • Coordinate webpage maintenance – ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly

  • Coordinate social media engagement – ensure that new and consistent information is posted regularly

  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time

Qualifications:

The Alliance for Decision Education is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications who has at least 7 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (based on number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and supporter communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. The ultimate goal is to build an active, engaged, and growing community of interest. 

Qualifications of an ideal candidate include:

  • Master communicator, story-teller, and brand ambassador

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills

  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently

  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”

  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels

  • Sincere commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff and board members, donors, and other supporters and collaborators

  • Self-starter and entrepreneurial; able to work independently; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

  • Experience or interest in education and/or cognitive science is a plus

Benefits:

We offer a generous benefits package and paid time off policy.  The Alliance for Decision Education is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:

1/14/2020

How to Apply:

Please email your resume, a cover letter (stating minimum salary requirements), and samples of previous communications work to [email protected] by December 15, 2019. 


 

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