Position Title: Communications and Digital Marketing Manager
Reports To: Director of External Affairs
Location: Chicago, IL
Compensation: Competitive salary and full suite of benefits
Why Join INCS?
Illinois needs an advocate to ensure policy makers and families receive accurate facts about charter public schools and understand their valuable contributions to Illinois communities. INCS is that advocate and the Communications and Digital Marketing Manager is a key leader in this effort. You will develop and execute a communications strategy that tells the transformational impact of charter public schools and be empowered to build out a communications and digital marketing strategy to achieve that goal. This person should have enthusiasm in the belief that charter schools have the power to transform public education and the lives of students. This individual will act as a leader in supporting communications efforts across multiple channels and stakeholder groups.
Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and relevant experience in public relations, communications, marketing/advertising or similar field. Experience in education or non-profit sectors is preferred but not required.
If you want to engage full and effectively with students, parents, colleagues, and other stakeholders to help them understand the opportunity gaps that charter public schools are working to close, then apply now!
Twenty years ago, when educators and community members started the charter school movement, people questioned whether students in low income communities could succeed at the highest levels. That debate is now over. They can, and they do, as evidenced by the high school graduation rates and post-secondary success of thousands of Illinois charter school students. The only remaining question is whether we have the will to make this happen for more families. That is the work we are committed to.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) advocates for the improvement of public education by leveraging the charter school model as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. INCS works to ensure that charter public schools have adequate and equitable resources, the autonomy to find innovative approaches to meet student needs, and a fair and transparent policy landscape that allows high-quality options to thrive.
In 2017, years of concerted effort led to a change in Illinois’ education funding law that resulted in a statewide increase of $55 million in new charter school funding. Ensuring that the increased funding flows to charter public schools and that additional schools are authorized and open will take additional, creative efforts in the next year. We’re thrilled by the progress that occurred in 2017 and will continue to work with policy-makers, school leaders, parents, and community members to secure high quality educational options for underserved communities and students.
As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS engages a diverse coalition of policy-makers, school leaders, parents, and community members to create systemic change and secure high-quality schools for underserved communities. INCS makes its impact through several program teams: Government Affairs, Charter Growth and Support, and Communications. These teams are supported by our Development and Operations teams. The organization is based in Chicago, where most Illinois charter schools are located, and has a satellite office in Springfield.
Ideal Candidate Profile (Core Selection Criteria)
What You’ll Be Accountable For
Media relations strategy:
Digital marketing strategy:
Charter school network support and communications:
Oversight of INCS communication channels, platforms, and procedures:
Strategy and team leadership:
INCS believes it is critical for leaders to reflect the communities that they serve, and that diversity across multiple dimensions enables us to achieve our mission of transforming lives and communities through public education. We don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our staff, member schools, and the broader community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and seek and welcome a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
How to Apply:
Candidates for the Communications & Digital Marketing Manager position should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to Jennifer Richardson, Human Resources Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject for the message should be Communications & Digital Marketing Manager – First name, Last name.