College Possible Leadership Team
  • 01-Jul-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Marketing and Communications Associate
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Marketing and Communication Associate

College Possible Milwaukee

About College Possible

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $25 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2020-21 school year, we will reach an estimated 20,000 students in 49 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at nearly 600 colleges.

College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education. To learn more: Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA, Austin, TX; and has Catalyze partnerships in MN, IA, MD, TN, NY, CA, and OH.

To learn more, visit

Your Role as Marketing and Communication Associate

As a member of the External Relations Team, the Marketing and Communications Associate generates community support, engages and grows College Possible Milwaukee's audiences. Specific responsibilities include: developing communications and multimedia, including writing newsletter and e-news stories, leading social media strategy and implementation, managing relationships with the media, managing the website, public relations and community outreach. Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidate preferred but not required.

  • Communications: Provide leadership in communications strategy for current and prospective College Possible Milwaukee supporters, along with internal audiences. Support the National communications team in its efforts to increase engagement through the College Possible website, news articles, email marketing and donate forms. Work with other External Relations Team members in Milwaukee to develop communications for varying donor and partner groups. Responsibilities include tracking and reporting on results across all communications platforms.
  • Social media and website management: Create and manage the social media strategy and content. Update the website on a regular basis with current data and stories.
  • Email marketing: Write and create Luminate emails and donate forms that increase personalized donor and volunteer experiences and ensure strong engagement and online fundraising measured through email open rates, clicks and online gifts.
  • Multimedia writing, content creation and design: Produce multimedia to tell College Possible's story through video, photography and design. Work with National staff on creating marketing materials, using InDesign and Photoshop, to support site-level donor, volunteer alumni and student communications objectives.
  • Videos: Coordinate logistics of video for Dream Big Dinner event.
  • Photography: Attend College Possible events and student sessions to build on catalog of usable photos for publications, website and social media.
  • Design: Assist staff members with design requests, internal and external to ensure brand consistency. Develop meaningful graphics to share with supporters and external audiences.
  • Media relations: Write and distribute press releases to media list. Update media list, manage media relationships with community outlets and prepare staff, Corps and students for interviews and host media visits. Develop strategy for increasing media coverage of College Possible Milwaukee.
  • Outreach: Act as the key point of contact with external partners by fielding enquiries and requests and coordinating media opportunities involving partner organizations and schools. Manage a general email account, directing questions to where they are best answered.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Bring


  • Bachelor's degree in communications or related field.

Related Work Experience:

  • At least two years of full-time work experience required.
  • Exceptional writing skills and experience researching, proofreading and editing various types of communications, such as newsletters, e-newsletters, press releases, letters, etc.;
  • Strong conversational skills, including demonstrated comfort in working with students, alumni and donors;
  • Problem-solving skills, specifically with computers and design software;
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Outstanding communication, organization, and time-management skills;
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple competing deadlines;
  • Goal-oriented and focused on outcomes;
  • Attention to detail in writing and copy-editing;
  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to the College Possible mission and public service.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Experience with fundraising databases (i.e. Raiser's Edge) preferred;
  • Experience with desktop publishing software (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite);
  • Social media strategy experience;
  • Photography and/or video skills a plus.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Strong interest in communications, digital content marketing, fundraising, education and youth work;
  • Creative spirit to be able to tell College Possible's story across a variety of media;
  • Ability to work well with diverse types of people, and work well independently or in groups;
  • Ability to adapt to change, navigate uncertainty and handle potentially stressful situations calmly and appropriately;
  • Access to reliable transportation required;
  • Active attention to new and upcoming technologies and social platforms that College Possible should be utilizing;
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone

What We Offer

In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:

  • An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country
  • a competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program
  • Personalized professional development and growth opportunities

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team

Please apply at: Include a resume and cover letter.

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