Managing Director of External Affairs & Communications
- Application Instructions
Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the “Resume/CV” field on the “My Experience” page. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.
City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in high-need urban schools, where they partner with teachers and school leaders to provide high-impact student, classroom, and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. City Year has a Long-Term Impact (LTI) strategy, an exciting plan to scale its impact to dramatically increase the urban graduation pipeline and transform the future for thousands of students nationwide.
City Year (CY) is among the nation’s fastest-growing nonprofit social enterprises. The organization’s 800 staff and 3,000 AmeriCorps members work and serve in 28 communities across the country, including Boston – where City Year was founded in 1988 and is headquartered – and Baton Rouge, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. City Year also has international affiliates in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year (CY) is a public-private partnership, made possible by resources from schools and school districts; local, state, and federal governments; and philanthropic support from corporations, foundations, and individuals. City Year has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a four-star charity – its highest rating – for twelve consecutive years, placing City Year in the top 1% of non-profits nationwide for fiscal responsibility, financial health, organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. For more information on City Year Chicago please visit: http://www.cityyear.org/chicago
City Year Chicago’s (CYC) mission is to advance educational equity & empower under-resourced communities by providing learning environments that maximize student potential, while developing & deploying the next generation of civic-minded change agents. We are seeking passionate, committed and innovative leaders to join our team during this exciting point of inflection.
Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Chicago, the Managing Director of External Affairs and Communications is a strategic leader who proactively creates and elevates our messaging and communication strategy to raise awareness of our mission, expand our media presence and build partnerships among our city and state elected officials. The Managing Director of External Affairs and Communications will create and execute CYC’s branding and messaging strategy to ensure consistent coherent representation of CYC’s mission and impact across all departments and communication outlets, including CYC’s social media platforms. The ideal candidate cares deeply about addressing systemic inequities in education, is knowledgeable about the political landscape in Chicago and Illinois and can skillfully elevate the brand and messaging of CYC.
Communications & Marketing
- Oversee the development of clear and consistent CY branding and messaging for all internal and external stakeholders
- Develop clear communication cascade and strategy for disseminating communications to internal and external audiences (e.g., communication medium, audience, etc.)
- Provide management and oversight to the Marketing & Communications Manager to design all marketing and branding materials to be used regularly for CYC events, recruiting efforts, and external communication
- Manage Public Relations with Media groups across Illinois to ensure CYC visibility, consistency of message during all situations and crises, and mission advancement
- Ensure consistency of messaging within CYC by sharing expectations, tone, and content with other departments
- Work in close collaboration with the Managing Director of Development to develop and execute a marketing strategy in support of all CYC fundraising and external outreach efforts
- Manage all government relationships on behalf of CYC to elevate the organization’s visibility and move the mission forward. This includes, Illinois state senators and representatives, deputy governor of education, lobbying groups and government entities.
- Develop and execute a strategy to engage elected officials in our work
- Schedule and facilitate school visits with elected officials and key staff members
- Secure officials to participate in City Year signature events & service days
Advocacy & Policy
- Partner with the public affairs firm and Executive Director to advise, outline action steps, and support strategy execution to secure state funding on CYC’s behalf
- Attend meetings, locally and in Springfield, to educate decision makers about CYC’s value proposition, role in the communities we serve, and impact
- Partner with City Year national headquarters on enacting the organization’s policy platform, developing a deep understanding of the platform and working to operationalize it in Chicago
- Track national, state and local education policy that may have impact on our work
- Support Executive Director and Managing Directors by preparing memos and sharing information to ensure team is current on key issues
Organizational Initiatives & Site Support
- Work closely with Executive Leadership Team members to understand priorities and business goals and develop strategies to meet the organization’s needs.
- Engage in structured discussions and trainings on diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging aimed at developing stronger cultural competency, both individually and collectively as a site.
- Partner with CYC departments and staff to ensure that site-wide goals are met, including, but not limited to, stakeholder engagement, event and service day participation, and cross-departmental committees.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree highly preferred.
- Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in government relations and marketing and communications.
- Experience in externally-facing communications roles (e.g., public relations, government affairs, advocacy, marketing).
- Able to demonstrate executive presence and ability to influence political stakeholders
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Able to demonstrate excellence in data informed decision making and articulate track record in using data to inform practice.
- Skilled experience in data presentation and ability to present data and results for a variety of audiences.
- Outstanding project planning skills and strong attention to detail – capacity to imagine, plan and implement.
- Strong interpersonal and relationship-building
- Fluency in the educational and political landscape, as well as the ability to advise on strategic planning.
- Willingness to occasionally work irregular hours, such as early mornings, evenings and weekends
- Attitude essentials: growth mindset, passion for City Year’s mission, detail-oriented, committed to teamwork, grit and resilience
- MS Excel experience, and MS Word and PowerPoint proficiency is required.
- Occasional travel is required.
- Deep understanding of and commitment to City Year’s values, for more information visit: https://www.cityyear.org/about-us/culture-values
Compensation and Benefits
Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.
City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.
- City Year partners with schools to create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths, persevere through challenges and thrive. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve in schools full time as student success coaches. They help students cultivate social, emotional and academic skills, whether that’s mastering fractions or learning to work in teams—skills that are important in school and in life. Through their work in schools and communities, City Year AmeriCorps members make a difference in the lives of students they serve while also acquiring valuable skills that prepare them to become the next generation of civically engaged leaders.
City Year is among the nation’s fastest-growing nonprofit social enterprises. The organization’s 900 staff and 3,000 AmeriCorps members work and serve in 29 communities across the country. We’re located in Boston (where City Year was founded in 1988 and is headquartered), Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, Tulsa and Washington, D.C. City Year also has international affiliates in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. City Year has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating since 2003, certifying our commitment to accountability, transparency and responsible fiscal management. Less than 1% of rated organizations have received this distinction for 16 consecutive years, placing City Year among the most trustworthy nonprofits in America. Learn more at www.cityyear.org, City Year’s Facebook page, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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Job posted: 2020-06-15