Communications Associate

Reports to: Communications and Development Manager, CEO
Hours: 40 hours per week
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Term: Summer 2019

Position Summary:
Able Works is a faith informed, non-profit organization based in East Palo Alto, CA. Our vision is to live in a society where every individual has the ability to fulfill their greatest human potential. Our mission is to equip individuals with financial education, life skills and assets that enable one to live free from oppression and poverty. We are in a growth trajectory with local and regional expansion plans for our core programs, FutureProfits, a financial education and life skills program for high school students; and LiveAble, a cohort-based financial education and peer support program for female heads of household ages 18 – 30.

The Communications Associate works closely with the Communications and Development Manager and CEO to support the communications and fund development of Able Works. The primary goal of this role is to ensure that the organization is well funded through all appropriate communications platforms and modes and that its vision is effectively communicated to the outside world. The Communications Assocaite will also be the primary driver behind Able Work’s annual advocacy event, Able:Forum. This role supports the Development team, CEO, Board of Directors and Advancement Council in fundraising activities, including, but not limited to: donor solicitation, grant writing/reporting and other.

Primary Duties:

Communications
● Execute organization’s communications strategy, including donor engagement and acquisition of mid-level donors
● Draft and disseminate monthly e-newsletter via Mailchimp; maintain audience data
● Curate social media outlets, primarily Facebook and Twitter, including video content generation
● Collaborate with Development team, CEO and others to craft organizations mailings, including annual report, mid-year report, and 2 mail appeals.
● Generate and manage website content via WordPress
● Be primary storyteller and developer of content for website, messaging and events, including blog posts, social media posts, reports and letters
● Prepare and research briefings for CEO and Development team on emerging issues that are relevant to the organization’s mission and develop strategic response
● Manage printing of business cards, envelopes and/or print collateral; replenish as necessary
● Prepare and update materials for annual fund/development campaigns

Events/Outreach and Other
● Represent Able Works at events and outreaches; manage and track outreach materials
● Conceptualize, plan, project manage and execute annual Able:Forum and accompanying events
○         Development of message and theme
○         Craft marketing/outreach plan for event
○         Day-of coordination
○         All other event logistics, including: venue, vendors, attendee/donor follow up
● In order to communicate organization’s mission and vision or support fund development efforts, serve as primary organizational contact for small events and outreaches with donors, community partners/churches; coordinate, execute and track these events
● Assist with grant reporting as necessary, and occasionally, grant writing and research
● Assist the budget planning for the next fiscal year
● Other duties as required

Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience
● Approximately 2 years experience in communications or advocacy field
● Superior understanding of current marketing communications and media channels, including: WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Snapchat, Mailchimp and others
● Intermediate graphic design skills (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop) and video editing skills (iMovie, Final Cut Pro)
● Experience in photography, design, video and creative work
● Knowledge and experience with CRM, in particular Salesforce
● Excellent communication skills, written and oral
● Fingerprint clearances
● Ability to represent Able Works at public events

Preferences:
● Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
● Detail-oriented, with entrepreneurial attitude and strong time-management skills
● Experience using Smartsheets, Podio
● Copywriting experience

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to angela@able.is. Examples of design or art direction preferred but not required. No hard copies or phone calls. In cover letter, please explain the specific reasons you believe you are qualified for this position. Do not email generic cover letters.

Youth Program Specialist (Central Valley)

Reports to: Central Valley Director
Hours: 40 hours per week
Classification: Full Time Non-Exempt
Starting Date: August 2019
Benefits: Medical, Vision and Dental, Simple IRA contribution match

Overview:
FutureProfits is Able Works’ flagship program developed specifically for under-resourced high school students who are at-risk of being caught in cycles of poverty. The program provides a 24-lesson course focusing on financial education, decision-making, and life skills. The classes are taught in partnership with local public high schools. The program runs at a fast pace throughout the school year, teaching all seniors in the Ceres Unified School District each week.

Position Summary:
The Youth Program Specialist is a critical position for carrying out the in-class execution and success of the program. The candidate will also connect with students on campus (between classes / lunch).

Primary Duties:

  • Teach multiple 50-60 minute classes of high school seniors during the school day
  • Follow FutureProfits curriculum to provide consistency and quality of content
  • Prepare all supporting materials in advance of class
  • Coordinate with classroom teachers to support or co-facilitate lessons each week
  • Conduct pre- and post-unit surveys to assess the progress of students in class
  • Establish a strong presence at assigned high school and look for ways to deepen connection to students and school (ie: attend related school events, interface with career/counseling office, provide office hours for students, etc.)
  • Communicate with Central Valley Director regarding the success and progress of each class
  • Train and coordinate with volunteers to enhance classroom experience when appropriate
  • Execute logistics with school for corporate field trips
  • Assist Director with periodic check-ins with teachers, students, and principal
  • Provide feedback on curriculum and program improvement
  • Capture success stories and communicate to Director
  • Assist Director in analyzing data reports and provide feedback to teachers
  • Other tasks as required

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in high school level teaching or youth development
  • Possess a keen understanding of the unique conditions under-resourced students encounter in their daily lives
  • Basic understanding of finances and financial literacy
  • Confident and outgoing with an ability to inspire and communicate with classroom teachers and volunteers
  • Proven strong communication, written and oral
  • Fingerprint clearances
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Valid TB Test
  • Access to a reliable form of transportation and proof of active car insurance
  • Willingness to travel to the Silicon Valley home office
  • Strong computer skills, familiar with Google Suite, and Mac OS

Preferences:

  • Teaching Credential
  • 2-5 years’ experience in high school level teaching, or youth development work
  • Small group facilitation and individualized coaching a plus
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Prior experience in working with underserved youth
  • Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Strong interpersonal skills – interact effectively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, read situations well, adapt behavior to suit the situation, and develop mutually beneficial relationships

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to maria@able.is. No hard copies or phone calls. In cover letter please explain the specific reasons you believe you are qualified for this position. Do not email generic cover letters.

Youth Program Specialist (Silicon Valley)

Reports to: FutureProfits Program Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Classification: Full Time Non-Exempt
Starting Date: mid-October 2019
Benefits: Medical, Vision and Dental, Simple IRA contribution match

Overview:
FutureProfits is Able Works’ flagship program developed specifically for under-resourced high school students who are at-risk of being caught in cycles of poverty. The program provides a 24-lesson course focusing on financial education, decision-making, and life skills. The classes are taught in partnership with local public high schools. The program runs at a fast pace throughout the school year, junior and seniors in the Sequoia Unified School District each week.

Position Summary:
The Youth Program Specialist is a critical position for carrying out the in-class execution and success of the program. The candidate will also connect with students on campus (between classes / lunch) and our volunteer coaches.

Primary Duties:

  • Teach multiple 50-60 minute classes of high school juniors and seniors during the school day
  • Follow FutureProfits curriculum to provide consistency and quality of content
  • Prepare all supporting materials in advance of class
  • Coordinate with classroom teachers and volunteer coaches to support or co-facilitate lessons each week
  • Conduct pre- and post-unit surveys to assess the progress of students in class
  • Establish a strong presence at assigned high school and look for ways to deepen connection to students and school (ie: attend related school events, interface with career/counseling office, provide office hours for students if possible at school, etc.)
  • Communicate with the FutureProfits Program Manager regarding the success and progress of each class
  • Recruit, train and coordinate with volunteers to co-facilitate FP classes
  • Execute logistics with school for corporate field trips
  • Assist The Program Manager with periodic check-ins with teachers, volunteer coaches, students, principals
  • Provide feedback on curriculum and program improvement
  • Capture success stories and communicate to Program Manager
  • Assist Program Manager in collecting and analyzing data reports and provide feedback to coaches and partners
  • Support the AchieveAble program as required (a cohort based program for recent high school graduates that includes individualized coaching and small group facilitation)
  • Other tasks as required

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in high school level teaching or youth development
  • Possess a keen understanding of the unique conditions under-resourced students encounter in their daily lives
  • Basic understanding of finances and financial literacy
  • Confident and outgoing with an ability to inspire and communicate with classroom teachers and volunteers
  • Proven strong communication, written and oral
  • Fingerprint clearances
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Valid TB Test
  • Access to a reliable form of transportation and proof of active car insurance
  • Willingness to travel to the Silicon Valley home office
  • Strong computer skills, familiar with Google Suite, and Mac OS

Preferences:

  • Teaching Credential
  • 2-5 years’ experience in high school level teaching, or youth development work
  • Small group facilitation and individualized coaching a plus
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Prior experience in working with underserved youth
  • Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Strong interpersonal skills – interact effectively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, read situations well, adapt behavior to suit the situation, and develop mutually beneficial relationships

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to alicia@able.is. No hard copies or phone calls. In your cover letter please explain the specific reasons you believe you are qualified for this position. Do not email generic cover letters.