Oct 05, 2019

Communications Strategy Manager, Los Angeles

  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marketing / PR Education (K-12)

Job Description

Green Dot operates 27 public schools in historically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, Tennessee and Washington. We seek to prove that it is possible to close the access and opportunity gap that exists between low-income students and their more affluent peers.

As one of the three largest charter management organizations in the nation, Green Dot schools consistently achieve outstanding academic outcomes through creative college-preparatory curriculums, collaborative and personalized instruction methods, and strong support systems for both students and staff. Since 1999, Green Dot has been a celebrated leader in closing discrepancies in access to high-quality educational opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic status.

Additionally, Green Dot strongly believes in community empowerment. Schools regularly organize events that bring together students, parents, educators and political leaders to advocate for active civic engagement and unity.

This position participates in work that is an integral part of Green Dot Public Schools strategic advancement, and reports to the Director of Communications. The incumbent will help coordinate department strategies and efforts, seeking to shape and guide public positioning with regard to the broader priorities of Green Dot Public Schools. The Communications Strategy Manager (CSM) will support the development, implementation and daily operations of key initiatives, including guiding our content strategy (coverage, distribution), and supporting thought leadership, crisis communications, and campaign-aligned strategic planning.


Strategic Leadership
> Supervise, train, and develop content staff
> Liaise with school leaders to iteratively improve services and systems for Communications.
> Project management for special Communications initiatives, both at schools as well as network wide
> Tracking performance and developing regular reports for colleagues and eventual external audiences
> Strategize and develop new strategic projects to achieve org-wide objectives
> Evaluate and improve internal communications efforts, ensuring operational efficiency and alignment with other priorities
> Other tasks as assigned

Content & Narrative Development
> Shepherd and evaluate our content/narrative strategy and quality, supporting network-wide capacity for messaging consistency
> Create and evaluate written stories and pieces for digital distribution (e.g. blog/school feeds, medium, syndication, etc.), ensuring consistent publishing schedules
> Design and improve systematic and sustainable copywriting services aligned to organizational priorities
> Create content for and engage contributors in thought leadership for our owned media channels
> Inform and support list-building and new audience development and acquisition efforts
> Create copy for materials and correspondence, including, but not limited to memos, letters, emails, solicitations, brochures, etc
> Improve copy and proofread marketing material for development, advocacy and communications projects

Press Relations
> Support in crisis communications, both in proactive training and rapid response
> Draft and revise press releases/statements, LTEs, editorials and talking points as appropriate

> You have a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, or a related field
> You have 2-4 years of experience in communications or journalism (supervisory experience is preferred)
> You have excellent writing and editing skills (Spanish and English fluency is preferred)
> You have a keen understanding of media, marketing, and digital communications strategies
> You are able to work well under pressure on time-sensitive issues, shift priorities and meet deadlines
> You are interested in and have knowledge of current events and media trends
> You are familiar with education reform and the public education sector in general
> You have an outstanding phone manner, as well as superior interpersonal and organizational skills
> You are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve
> You will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.

The annual salary range for this position is $67,000 - $84,000 and considers the individual’s relevant experience and skill-set. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement options. We also provide generous time off to support overall work-life balance while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students.

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position for a November 15, 2019 start date.


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