• Communications Associate

    Job Locations US-CT-New Haven
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/12/2019 7:37 AM)
    Job ID
    2019-1430
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Education
    Type
    Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
    Location : Name
    Connecticut School Finance Project
  • Overview

    Founded in 2015, the nonprofit Connecticut School Finance Project strives to be a trusted, nonpartisan, and independent source of accurate data and information that transcends special interests.

     

    The goals of the Connecticut School Finance Project are to:

    • Build knowledge about how the current school funding systems works;
    • Bring together stakeholders who are impacted by how schools are funded;
    • Identify solutions to Connecticut’s school funding challenges that are fair to students and taxpayers, and strengthen schools and communities.

    Although not a member-based organization, the Connecticut School Finance Project actively works with a diverse group of stakeholders, including education and community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and individuals interested in how school finance impacts students and schools. We aim to incorporate the viewpoints and perspectives of these stakeholders to develop fair, well-thought-out solutions that help create a sensible and equitable school funding system that meets the needs of Connecticut and all of its public school students.

     

    In addition to our work addressing Connecticut’s school finance challenges, in November 2017, the Connecticut School Finance Project expanded its focus to include an examination of Connecticut’s state finances and fiscal outlook. The expanded focus is the result of our organization frequently hearing from Connecticut residents about the need for greater, more accessible information about Connecticut’s financial state and fiscal challenges.

     

    In an effort to meet this need and desire, the Connecticut School Finance Project launched a new initiative aimed at serving as a nonpartisan resource for state and local policymakers, community leaders, and all Connecticut citizens looking for transparent, accessible, and approachable information about the State’s budget and finances.

     

    Connecticut School Finance Project is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE MissionWorks.

    Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Director of Communications for the Connecticut School Finance Project, the Communications Associate will help develop and execute the organization’s communication strategy, maintain the organization’s social media networks, and create various collateral materials to educate the public and key stakeholders about the organization’s priority issues.

     

    The ideal Communications Associate will be a highly-skilled writer who is an independent worker with a knack for communicating complex information and engaging people around challenging — and at times politically sensitive — topics. The candidate must be passionate about improving how schools in Connecticut are funded and improving the state’s fiscal health. This is a great opportunity for an individual who is experienced in public affairs, public relations, journalism, or another communications field to work more directly on policy issues and help drive productive conversations about some of the biggest economic and social challenges facing Connecticut.

    • Support the Director of Communications in developing and executing the organization’s communication strategy;
    • Produce collateral materials (presentations, infographics, one-pagers, etc.) about the organization’s various policy issues;
    • Edit and format research reports and policy briefings produced by the organization;
    • Maintain and update the organization’s websites and social media networks;
    • Assist in writing legislative testimony, Op-Eds, and press releases about organizational positions or research;
    • Work with the Director of Community Engagement to produce and update community-specific materials about school funding in Connecticut;
    • Develop new, creative ways to communicate information to audiences with varying degrees of knowledge, experience, and viewpoints;
    • Attend presentations or events where an organization staff member is speaking;
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with journalists and members of the media;
    • Other duties and special projects, as assigned.

    Special Requirements

    • Valid driver’s license and access to car; ability and willingness to travel throughout Connecticut;
    • Regular evening and occasional weekend work will be required.

    Qualifications

    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • Bachelor’s degree required;
    • 2-4 years of experience working as a communications professional with Connecticut or New England experience preferred;
    • Superb writing skills and ability to write for different audiences and knowledge levels;
    • Exceptional ability to communicate (verbally, graphically, and in writing) complex issues in an approachable and easy-to-understand manner;
    • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to “multi-task” and produce high-quality work in a timely manner;
    • Copy editing experience and an excellent attention to detail;
    • Familiarity with Connecticut education and/or fiscal policy issues preferred;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, follow direction, and take and provide constructive feedback;
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required;
    • Social media skills with a proficient knowledge of Twitter and Facebook;
    • Design experience with knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro preferred;
    • Comfort and experience translating data into meaningful information and takeaways for various audiences;
    • Strong ability to work with others to create and implement plans;
    • Commitment to learn more about policy areas the organization is working on, and become well-versed on the various subject issues.

    Personal Characteristics

    • Approachable and professional with the ability to build strong relationships and communicate across a diverse range of audiences;
    • Passionate about solving Connecticut’s greatest social and economic challenges;
    • A willingness to learn about Connecticut’s state budget, school finance system, and related policies;
    • Ability and willingness to work in a nonpartisan manner with people of different political inclinations and different perspectives on education and state finance issues;
    • Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter;
    • Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player;
    • Flexible, resourceful, and persistent;
    • Honest, ethical, and trustworthy;
    • Ability to be tactful and diplomatic in challenging situations;
    • An optimistic outlook and ability to move past challenges;
    • Sense of humor;
    • Creative and willing to explore new ways to better reach and communicate with people.

    Physical Demands/Work Environment

     

    The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

     

    Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

     

    While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

     

    • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
    • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
    • Move, Traverse; sit; reach; occasionally Ascend/Descend, and position self (to), move;
    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high;
    • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
    • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
    • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

     

    TSNE MissionWorks and Connecticut School Finance Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks/Connecticut School Finance Project actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

     

    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Connecticut School Finance Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law. 

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