College Possible Leadership Team
  • 13-Sep-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Communications - St. Paul
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time

Communications Manager

College Possible, St. Paul


About College Possible

As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

College Possible is a proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching 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 an annual operating budget of $33 million, more than 200 full-time employees and more than 300 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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, read our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible operates: regional sites in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; College Forward in Austin, TX; and Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at CollegePossible.org.


Equal Opportunity Employer

College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings.


Your Role as Communication Manager


The Communications Manager will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate College Possible's mission at the Minnesota site. The Communications Manager will work closely with the Minnesota and National external relations teams in a matrixed environment to customize the design, messaging, and strategy for Minnesota constituencies to achieve College Possible's fundraising and marketing goals. The Comms Manager supervises the Communications and Development Associate.


Marketing: Develop marketing strategies to meet organizational objectives. Manage development, customization, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including newsletters, brochures, e-communications, and the College Possible Minnesota website. Guide innovation and refine strategies by tracking and measuring engagement. Work with local print, design and photographer vendors to produce marketing materials within budget. Assist the Development Officer in creation and implementation of individual donor strategies and tailored marketing materials, including writing and designing direct mail appeals. Develop marketing strategies to support outreach at the site level including AmeriCorps recruitment, student recruitment and volunteer recruitment.


Communications: Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across all audience groups in collaboration with all departments. Develop and implement internal communication best practices.


Digital Content: Oversees the generation of digital content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate messages.


Strategy and Supervision: Position the external relations team as a service to the organization and coordinate cross-department collaboration to ensure consistent branding and messaging that is audience-centered and delightful. Manage media relations strategy and relationships with major Minnesota media outlets and work to raise the profile of College Possible Minnesota and its leadership through speaking opportunities, relationships with partner organizations and awards. Responsible for creating and managing the communications budget. Supervise the Communications and Development Associate.


Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned: Participate in weekly External Relations Team meetings and other project meetings as necessary. Work with the Senior Director of External Relations on various projects as assigned.


What You Bring

Education/Certifications/Licenses:
• Bachelor's degree in Communications or related field required.

Related Work Experience:
• Four years of experience in communications or related field.
• Experience with a variety of communications channels including multimedia.
• Experience with development communications preferred.
• Experience developing and implementing communications

Computer/Software Skills:
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite required. Experience with Blackbaud, CRM, Raiser's Edge, Convrio, and email marketing a plus.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:
• Ability to function at a high level in a matrixed environment in which project management and success relies on indirect structural relationships.
• Ability to work in fast-paced work environment.
• Ability to manage stressful or sensitive situations calmly and appropriately.
• Relationship builder with the flexibility and sensitivity to balance the perspectives of others.
• Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.
• Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
• Highly organized and detail oriented.
• Skilled at multi-tasking and handling potentially stressful situations calmly and appropriately.
• High energy, enthusiastic, strong commitment to public service and social justice.
• Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued.
• Strategic thinker and problem-solver.
• Exceptional organizational skills.
• Proven copywriting and editing acumen.
• Excellent verbal communication skills; comfort with public speaking.
• A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing multiple projects and deadlines concurrently.
• Maturity and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.

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.
• Hybrid office environment (min 2 days in the office) with limited travel.


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.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience (job grade starting at $53,360).


To Join Our Growing College Possible Team
Please apply at: www.CollegePossible.org/careers Include a resume and cover letter.


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