Director, Strategic Communications
Location: Flexible (Boston or Chicago areas preferred with travel approximately once per month.)
Position is available: Immediately
Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities, deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.
At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.
Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Time's “Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.
We are seeking a Director, Strategic Communications to leverage a strategic orientation and strong project management skills to come up with, and support the execution of, a plan of attack with ANet's regional leaders to build a network of influencers within their local education spaces. In this role, you will ensure that regional leaders have the guidance they need to use external communications, school partner-facing data and reports, and marketing materials as an effective lever to further organizational goals. The success of your short- and long-term communications strategies lead to partnership development and a growing brand awareness in regions across the country. You will be a key strategic leader on the Marketing and Communications Team, helping to execute on current communications strategies while identifying future opportunities, and will report directly to the VP, Strategic Communications.
Develop and manage regional communications projects and initiatives to drive growth, renewal and brand awareness.
Support VP, Strategic Communications in defining, executing and tracking org-wide media strategy, advertorial strategy, and public affairs agenda.
Provide expert project management for cross-team projects and pilots.
Creates a strong communications infrastructure with regional leaders to manage on-going projects, identify new strategies and troubleshoot issues as they come up.
Create regional narratives and messages that are aligned with ANet's national narrative, but tailored to the regional landscape. Provide counsel, coaching and resources for Executive Directors and other regional staff executing components of the communications strategy (building storytelling skill sets, identifying opportunities to tell stories of impact and build a case for support, etc.).
Develop written content including blog posts, one-pagers, press releases, letters to the editor, email blasts, case studies and other content as needed. Also, collaborates with our writer/editor and marketing team to source content ideas and hand-off leads.
Work directly with our research team to identify impact stories and support development of regional toolkits, briefing materials and infographics.
Support regional leaders in creating a bench of prepared advocates and validators available for blog posts, media opportunities, traditional or social network influencing opportunities.
Proactively pitch news and editorial content to select media and digital outlets.
Conduct research to identify who influencers are within regional education spaces, what are they saying and find opportunities to fit ANet in with the conversation.
In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:
You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily. You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.
Your prior work experience includes communications, journalism, and/ or political campaigns.
You bring prior experience within and/or familiarity with the K-12 education sector.
You bring exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
You thrive at generating ideas and implementing communications solutions to complex problems in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; you have the ability to make timely decisions and demonstrate good judgment.
You are motivated by simultaneously managing multiple projects while maintaining a meticulous grasp of individual project details.
You have a knack for influencing others toward outcomes through sophisticated relationship management and getting leaders engaged in strategic communications initiatives.
You are familiar with reviewing basic research reports and data, then translating them into compelling stories.
You are willing to work occasional evenings or weekends when needed and are able to travel to in-person meetings across the country approximately once per month.
Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:
You bring prior experience working for a non-profit, government agency, or political campaign.
You bring experience launching and managing relationships with reporters.
You have Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or other desktop publishing software skills.
ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.
HOW TO APPLY
We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.
ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.