Development and Communications Specialist
The Development and Communications Specialist will gain broad experience in nonprofit management while focusing on development and communications to raise public awareness of Urban Boatbuilders' programs and raise the funds necessary to serve our mission, as well as support and expand our programming. The Development and Communications Specialist will also participate in the design and implementation of an upgraded program evaluation system.
The position begins July 28, 2015.
- Prospect for new sources of grant funding including national funding
- Write grants
- Support individual fundraising campaigns
- Solicit in-kind contributions of boatbuilding materials from local businesses
- Plan and implement strategy for greater outreach to solicit business sponsorships.
- Develop and implement year-long communications strategy in collaboration with the Communications Committee to include media, social media, web, e-newsletters, and an annual report
- Create at least one social media post each day
- Support Apprentices in writing bi-weekly Apprentice Blog entries for the website
- Coordinate and write six e-newsletters
- Update website with current information or interest stories to keep content current
- In collaboration with a consultant, support the development and implementation of an evaluation system which will enable Urban Boatbuilders to effectively communicate the positive outcomes resulting from the Apprenticeship Program and School Boatbuilding Partnership Program
- Collect and analyze apprenticeship evaluation data as needed for grants and programmatic decision
Experience, Skills, and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
- Some experience working with youth preferred
- Some experience with fundraising or relationship management preferred
- Some experience with communications and social media preferred
- Some experience volunteering or working with nonprofits preferred
- Some knowledge of program development and evaluation preferred
- Ability to work as part of a team and with a wide variety of people in all kinds of situations
- Ability to prioritize and adapt to a quickly changing environment
- Ability to pass a criminal background check if selected
Work will take place in an office attached to a boat shop which results in some sawdust and times with increased levels of moderate noise.
Compensation and Benefits
AmeriCorps VISTA members receive the following service benefits:
- Living Allowance: $11,796 for 12 months of service (paid bi-weekly)
- Education Award ($5,645) or end-of-service stipend ($1,500), upon successful completion of service
- Health benefits
- Federal student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment
- 10 day of personal leave, 10 days of sick leave and site-observed Federal holidays
- Extensive professional development opportunities (group and individual)
- Relocation (up to $1,000) and Settling-in Allowance ($550) if moving more than 50 miles to serve, where eligible
- Up to $400 per month, per child, in child care reimbursement, if eligible
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Marc Hosmer at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm on May 27th.