The Manager of Marketing and Communications has primary responsibility for ensuring that Chicago Scholars presents a consistent and compelling marketing message, and that all of Chicago Scholars’ communications efforts are effectively targeting the intended audience(s) with particular emphasis on Scholars, donors and partner colleges and universities. This position works closely with colleagues throughout the organization to understand and implement impactful marketing and communications programs and vehicles.
Strategy: Develop and manage multi-channel communications strategy that effectively describes and promotes the organization, its programs and impacts
o Develop programs that consistently integrate and coordinate all elements of marketing and communications
o Manage the Chicago Scholar’s brand, including maintaining consistency in the use of logo, language, etc.
o Identify opportunities for and build new stakeholder development projects that support CS’s goals, reach new stakeholders and build awareness of CS
o In collaboration with the Vice President of Development, develop and manage the budget for marketing and communications
Execution: Manage all communication channels including social media, web portals, web sites, printed materials for key stakeholders, including Scholars, Mentors, Volunteers, Parents, Employees, College Partners, Career Partners and Donors
o Manage calendar of communications deliverables, including the execution of at least 2 Annual Appeals to all stakeholders
o Research and develop presentations, discussion documents and other communication tools for use in building relationships with prospective donors, partners, volunteers, mentors, scholars etc.
o Work in partnership with Director of Data and Evaluation to ensure accurate promotion of program impacts
o Manage relationships with media, PR firms, others to promote exposure of CS, its executive and board leadership;
o Develop appropriate messaging for press events, as needed, and create press releases; with approval from President, distribute to media outlets
Outcomes: Develop and compile performance measures to evaluate impact of communications programs and tools
o Solicit input from internal/external consumers
o Create reporting tools, press packets for Leadership Team and Board
This role will occasionally work on nights and weekends for Scholar and development events and programming.
Attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, All Scholar Retreat, First Look, the Onsite Admissions Forum, New Student Interview nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats.
Education: College degree required
Experience: 5-10 years of experience, with 3-5 years of experience in Marketing and Communications. Non-profit experience preferred.
o Ability to communicate in a manner which consistently demonstrates respect, concern, and responsiveness
o Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (students, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives)
o Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance).
o Demonstrated ability to work at a rigorous pace to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
o Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment. Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
o Ability to track and interpret data for decision making and program/process evaluation.
o Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to manage change and generate a culture of continuous improvement.
o Ability to manage a budget to achieve defined goals and demonstrate a commitment to use resources effectively.
o Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
- Please click 'Apply' to submit your application, which should include a resume and cover letter.
- In your cover letter, please describe what you see is the greatest opportunity for marketing Chicago Scholars and our impact. Describe how your education and experience prepares you to support these marketing efforts
- All applications must be submitted by Monday, September 11
- If selected for an interview, candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview on Friday, September 15.
The Chicago Landscape
There is a deep reservoir of talent in this great city! In order to remain a world-class city, we must invest in talent from an education and leadership perspective. Locally and nationally, we are not fully equipping our youth with the skills and tools to be successful. Just 8% of Chicago Public School students will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25. There ...also remains a lack of diversity in the workforce at all levels and in every industry. We must continue to invest in building a diverse pipeline of talent if we are to remain a thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
The mission of the Chicago Scholars Foundation (Chicago Scholars) is to provide talented, academically ambitious, and underserved high school students access and success through college and beyond.
We provide Chicago’s young future leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams through mentorship, college admission support, and access to leadership and career programming. Our program targets high need, first-generation students from every single neighborhood and every high school. We nurture their talent through an innovative five-year college success program plus a two-year leadership development program. We work to ensure that our academically ambitious Scholars are not only investing in their own career growth and success but also enhancing Chicago’s competitive position in the global economy for years to come. We are extremely proud that the support provided by our program is allowing our Scholars to persist and graduate at a rate of almost 90% (compared to just 8% of CPS peers).
Our Future – Growth
Chicago Scholars is at a particularly exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our program, we have recently received support to expand our impact from serving 300 new students each year to 1000 new students, over the next five years.