College Possible Leadership Team
  • 11-Aug-2021 to 10-Oct-2021 (CST)
  • Marketing and Communications Associate
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Communication Associate

College Possible St. Paul, Minnesota

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; and Seattle, WA; and has Catalyze partnerships in MN, IA, MD, TN, NY, CA, TX, and OH.

To learn more, visit CollegePossible.org.

Basic Description

The Communications Associate is an integral part of the External Relations Team, which raises the revenue College Possible needs to run our program and communicate with the community and our supporters about the outcomes we achieve. Working closely with the Communications Manager and other members of the External Relations Team, the person in this role is responsible for executing a variety of communications activities for College Possible Minnesota.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with program team and AmeriCorps coaches to gather a broad range of stories about College Possible's program and students.
  • Plan, draft and edit content for website articles, social media posts, impact reports, emails and newsletters.
  • Provide traditional media support by helping to build relationships with journalists, writing press releases, collecting daily press clippings, working with program team to identify students and coaches for interviews, drafting talking points, etc.
  • Work with Communications Manager to develop and execute social media strategy and metrics tracking for Minnesota, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Coordinate the taking of photos and video at College Possible events and in schools several times a year and confirm student media consent.
  • Organize and maintain the Minnesota photo library.
  • Basic editing of images and documents using Adobe Suite (Photoshop and InDesign).
  • Provide support to program and community partnerships and engagement teams with marketing and communications needs, including outreach to students, families, program alumni, community partners and school partners.
  • Maintain in-office results visuals and manage quantities of print materials used by the Minnesota External Relations Team.
  • Work with External Relations Team on other projects as needed.

What You Bring

Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)

Education/Certifications/Licenses:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

Related Work Experience:

  • 1-2 years of experience in nonprofit communications work preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Luminate and Adobe Suite experience a plus.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and sensitivity to balance the perspectives of others.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, AmeriCorps members, donors, program participants and other supporters.
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through, knowledge of AP Style a plus.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Some evening and weekend work, as well as occasional travel, is required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds when needed
  • Office environment with limited travel
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for a minimum of 7 hours a day

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: www.CollegePossible.org/careers Include a resume and cover letter.

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