Now Hiring: Communications and Equity Manager

The Safe Routes Partnership is seeking an energetic and detail-oriented professional with strong experience in communications, marketing, project management, and a commitment to advancing equity. We welcome applicants with a passion for advancing safe walking and bicycling to school and in daily life to increase physical activity levels and create livable, equitable, sustainable communities.

Applications due: November 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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The Communications and Equity Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the communications and marketing objectives of the Safe Routes Partnership while also serving as co-lead for the organization’s commitment to advancing equity and racial justice. This position executes all online marketing tools including websites, e-newsletters, and social media and assists with creating, editing, and designing publications and resources. Responsibilities also include implementing online messaging best practices, assisting with all types of external communications, and meeting strategic objectives related to program-specific communications and marketing deliverables. In serving as the co-lead for advancing equity, the Communications and Equity Manager leads with one other staff member and in collaboration with the senior staff team to build on organizational plans and manage progress towards advancing equity and moving forward as an anti-racist organization.

We are particularly looking for individuals that have the experience and skills to be successful in the following:

  • In collaboration with the senior leadership team, contribute to the annual development of objectives and tasks related to advancing equity both internally and externally with a specific focus on racial justice strategies that support the mission of the organization.
  • Teaming with the equity co-lead, provide project management for organizational objectives and tasks related to advancing equity and racial justice both internally and externally.
  • Write, format, and distribute the monthly Safe Routes to School E-news and regular program engagement emails as well as online messaging such as action alerts, blog posts, and other external print materials such as newsletters, white papers, annual reports, and other key publications.
  • Lead the design of publications, resources, and social elements according to brand standards both internally and in coordination with vendors for larger efforts.
  • Serve as the site administrator for all Safe Routes Partnership websites and online assets.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, assist in the development and implementation of internal and external strategic communication plans; manage organizational adherence to branding standards and style guides.

Please review the job description for more details about the position responsibilities and qualifications. The salary for this at-will position is $55,000 and will include health insurance benefits, paid time off, and optional participation in a deferred compensation plan. A PC computer, telephone, and internet access will be provided. Successful candidates will work from their home office, and can be based anywhere in the United States. 

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit (via email) a cover letter, resume and three writing samples in one PDF file to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “Communications and Equity Manager.” We are not accepting email or telephone call inquiries.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply. Applications will be accepted until November 5, 2020 at 5 pm ET. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply early.

We look forward to hearing from qualified candidates interested in joining our dynamic, visionary, and growing national non-profit. Visit www.saferoutespartnership.org for more information about our organization.

The Safe Routes Partnership is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our staff, our work environment, and the change we want to see in our society.  We value a diverse staff with a wide range of life experiences because we recognize that we are stronger when our organization and work benefit from the innovative contributions, creative solutions, practical know-how, and community insights brought by people of different backgrounds. Diversity of experience, ideas, and viewpoints is a priority, and candidates with varied education levels, skills, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of different religions, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Please forward this announcement to prospective candidates!  Thank you.

Communications and Equity Manager: Job Description

Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: None
FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt employee
Position Type: At-Will
Salary Tier: Programmatic Staff

Summary: The Communications and Equity Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the communications and marketing objectives of the Safe Routes Partnership while also serving as co-lead for the organization’s commitment to advancing equity and racial justice. This position executes all online marketing tools including websites, e-newsletters, and social media as well as assists with creating, editing, and designing publications and resources.  Responsibilities also include implementation of online messaging best practices, assisting with all types of external communications, and meeting strategic objectives related to assigned programs of the organization with specific communications and marketing deliverables. In serving as the co-lead for advancing equity, the Communications and Equity Manager leads with one other staff member and in collaboration with the senior staff team to build on organizational plans and manage progress towards advancing equity and moving forward as an anti-racist organization.

Key Responsibilities

Advancing Equity

  • In collaboration with the senior leadership team, contribute to the annual development of objectives and tasks related to advancing equity both internally and externally with a specific focus on racial justice strategies that support the mission of the organization.
  • Teaming with the equity co-lead, provide project management for organizational objectives and tasks related to advancing equity and racial justice both internally and externally.
  • Integrate advancing equity and racial justice strategies throughout organizational resources, marketing, and in communications both internally and externally.

Online Messaging and Overall Communications Strategies

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, assist in the development and implementation of internal and external strategic communication plans; manage organizational adherence to branding standards and style guides.
  • Represent the organization as needed with external audiences and various annual communications campaigns.
  • Manage content and achieve engagement metrics for the Safe Routes Partnership and assigned program websites, ensuring timely postings and user engagement.
  • Serve as the site administrator for all Safe Routes Partnership websites and online assets.
  • Write, format, and distribute Safe Routes to School E-news and regular program engagement emails.
  • Write and edit online messaging such as action alerts, blogs, and other external print materials such as newsletters, white papers, annual reports, and other key publications.
  • Lead the design of publications, resources, and social elements according to brand standards both internally and in coordination with vendors for larger efforts.
  • Maintain story bank and photo/video libraries; coordinate photo shoots as needed.

Public Relations and Media

  • Provide excellent public relations and customer service with contacts at all levels (government officials, individuals, and organizations) to represent the Safe Routes Partnership, collaborate effectively, and support organizational goals.
  • Maintain/manage external communication tools and activities, including the list-serve, press release distribution system, the website, and social media channels as described above.
  • Write and disseminate press releases, as needed.
  • Gather and maintain media contact lists.

Management and team work

  • Routinely communicate with the staff and staff directors on progress, status, performance, deliverables and issues that affect the success of the Safe Routes Partnership communications and marketing strategies.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with various Safe Routes Partnership departments to complete assigned projects and resources that are relevant to our partners, funder, and programs.
  • Attend regular staff meetings via telephone, attend in-person staff retreats or meetings (as requested), and work as a team player to fulfill the missions and goals of the Safe Routes Partnership.
  • Assist with additional activities, special projects, fundraising efforts, and other duties as assigned to support the Safe Routes Partnership.

Qualifications/Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree with equivalent experience; strong commitment to advancing equity; highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications campaigns, messaging, and organizational strategies; in-house design experience a must;  knowledge of Safe Routes to School,  active transportation or healthy communities work desired; excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills;  must have the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the tactical and strategic levels; ability to travel; self-starter;  detail-oriented; proficient with PCs and with MS Office software; experience using Wordpress, InDesign or other similar programs; and fundraising experience a plus.  

Physical Requirements

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.  Travel both within and outside the state is required to attend conferences and retreats that include overnight stays. Reasonable advance notice of extended travel will be provided when travel opportunities and planning are coordinated with your supervisor.