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About Woodstock Institute

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization that works to create a safe and equitable financial system, especially for lower-income people and communities of color. Woodstock Institute partners with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers to effect change at local, state, and national levels. As a leading consumer advocacy organization, Woodstock builds bridges between key policymakers and sources of capital with affected consumers in low- and moderate-income areas and communities of color.

The Position

The Communications Associate will implement strategies to advance the organization’s research and policy advocacy work with external audiences including the news media, consumer and advocacy organizations and community leaders, funders, and members of professional and business groups.

Essential qualities for the role include the ability to produce engaging communication products through strong writing, digital production, design, and project management. The ideal candidate will bring a collaborative mindset and creativity to our small team and help us achieve progress toward our mission.

Salary & Benefits

Salary depends on experience and qualifications. Starting range for a candidate with minimum required experience to a sustained track record is $55,000 to $65,000 per year. Compensation package includes: 5 weeks paid vacation; Dollar for dollar match up to 6% of salary on 403b retirement; Health insurance 100% paid for employee, with subsidy for additional family members.

Key Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to and supports the Director of Development & Communications
  • Horizontally integrated within organization to support Directors of Policy, Research and the President/Chief Executive Officer
  • Build and maintain good relationships with external partners and journalists

Duties & Responsibilities

Content Creation

  • Improve the accessibility and impact of Woodstock’s research and advocacy via:
    • Emails, blogs and social media posts
    • Occasional longer-form projects, e.g. annual report
    • Infographics, illustrations, photos and videos
    • Other website content for woodstockinst.org or other sites
    • Development/fundraising messaging
  • Gather stories of affected consumers connected to policy advocacy and research
  • Hire vendors such as photographers, printers, web designers, and graphic designers to produce high-quality content
  • Advocate for consistent tone, voice and brand for Woodstock Institute

Media, Public and Donor Outreach

  • Manage process to create, publicize, and distribute research, annual reports, and donor campaigns
    Support staff to plan and facilitate webinars, meetings, and news conferences
  • Pursue earned media opportunities including outreach/responding to media, interview scheduling and speaker prep and follow-up
  • Write news releases, op eds and articles in collaboration with other staff/board of directors
  • Represent Woodstock Institute on coalitions and assist with coalition communications as needed
  • Assist in updating and coordinating mailing lists
  • Assist in the distribution of messaging for donors and potential donors
  • Assist in planning and executing annual event and designing relevant communications

Communication Systems

  • Manage Mailchimp, WordPress website, Zoom webinars, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other tech platforms
  • Support Development Director in managing Bloomerang CRM and Qgiv donation platform
  • Manage coordination between Bloomerang CRM / MailChimp and Bloomerang / Qgiv
  • Assist with other organizational communication strategies and special projects as requested
  • Report analytical data on website and social media users and traffic; track media hits
  • Manage communications-related vendors, e.g., annual report designer, HTML layout help
  • Evaluate existing systems & recommend/implement new systems if needed

Qualifications

Required

  • Ability to collaborate with staff including in-person at our downtown Chicago office at least 3 days of the week to create and implement a communications strategy that accommodates a dynamic organization and responds to community needs
  • Storytelling skills with the ability to craft clear and engaging narratives for multiple audiences; ability to interpret and communicate key lessons from data
  • Demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice issues
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or relevant experience in the field; three years or more preferred
  • Excellent written and spoken English language communications skills, very detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with the tools below or similar platforms:
    • Website: WordPress
    • Email: Mailchimp
    • Office: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite
    • Constituent Relationship Management and Fundraising: Bloomerang, Qgiv
    • Digital design: Canva, Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, etc.
  • Ability to work effectively and independently, balancing priorities, deadlines, and budget constraints
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to attend work-related events evenings and weekends

Preferred

  • Foreign language skills, Spanish ability preferred

To Apply

  • Send resume, cover letter, writing sample and list of three professional references to Barbara Lacker-Ware at blware@woodstockinst.org. Open until filled, for best consideration apply by February 24, 2023.

Woodstock Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and protected classes to apply.