Communications Specialist

Reports to: Communications and Development Manager
Works with: Development Staff, Office Coordinator, CEO, Senior Team, Program Staff
Hours: 40 hours per week
Classification:  Full-time, exempt
Start Date: Immediate

 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; AchieveAble, a program extension of FutureProfits that provides holistic support and coaching for college age youth pursuing junior college, career or other path; and LiveAble, a cohort-based financial empowerment and peer support program for female heads of household ages 18 – 30.

The Communications Specialist 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 and that its vision is effectively communicated to the outside world through all appropriate communications platforms and modes. The Communications Specialist 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 Board Development Committee in fundraising activities, including but not limited to donor solicitation, grant writing/reporting and others.

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 content on social media outlets, primarily Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including generating video content 
  • Coordinate and facilitate virtual gatherings on platforms such as Zoom and Facebook Live
  • Collaborate with the Development team, CEO and others to craft the organization’s mailings, including annual report, mid-year report, and 2 mail appeals. 
  • Generate and manage website content via WordPress; monitor and maintain security of website and update protections as necessary
  • 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 (virtual and in person); manage and track outreach materials
  • Conceptualize, plan, project manage and execute outreach 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
  • Assist program team with implementation online classes and cohort meetings
  • Provide support for organizational IT when necessary
  • Manage and oversee volunteers for occasional projects; coordinate with other staff to complete volunteer projects
  • 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)
  • Intermediate experience in / skill with online communication platforms (Zoom, etc…) 
  • Experience in photography, design, video and creative work
  • Knowledge and experience with CRM databases
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Fingerprint clearances
  • Ability to represent Able Works at public events
  • Ability to effectively work remotely

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 jane@able.is. Examples of design or art direction preferred but not required. No hard copies or phone calls. In the cover letter, please explain the specific reasons you believe you are qualified for this position. Do not email generic cover letters. 

For more information about Able Works, please visit www.able.is.