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RSC Communications Manager
Type: Full-time Exempt
Location: Preference for this role to be in-person in RSC’s Western Illinois offices (Galesburg area). Virtual/hybrid candidates in or relocating to Wisconsin or Illinois will also be considered.
Salary: $40,000 - $45,000, dependent on experience
Rural Schools Collaborative Overview
Rural Schools Collaborative is a national nonprofit with a mission of building sustainable rural communities through a keen focus on place, teachers, and philanthropy. Founded in 2015, RSC is emerging as a national leader in supporting rural school communities and the development of teacher-leaders. RSC believes a healthy American future must include a thriving rural landscape, and that public schools will be at the forefront of this effort.
Stories are at the heart of what we do. As a growing organization, RSC needs to scale its communications accordingly. We are seeking a Communications Manager who is visionary, authentic, energetic, and committed to rural education. The Communications Manager reports to the Executive Director. The work of the Communications Manager includes:
- Primary responsibility for RSC’s marketing, media, and communications (60%):
Own communications strategy, creation, timing, and execution
Regular and timely production of mission-driven stories, features, and news content for newsletter and web formats
Website management, prioritization, and optimization
Measuring, growing, reporting on online engagement metrics
Execute marketing initiatives in partnership with the social media coordinator
Manage the communications plan, both strategically and day-to-day content, in partnership with the executive director
Adhering to RSC’s branding guidelines and voice
Vendor management as needed for videos, graphics, print, support, etc.
- Assisting the Director and colleagues (20%):
Supporting RSC’s signature programs, like the GRAD Partnership, Rural Educators Across Borders, Grants In Place, Rural Imperative Initiative, etc.
Cooperative work with RSC Regional Hubs and Partners
Board of Directors’ and donor meetings and related planning/communications
Event participation, facilitation, and storytelling
Assisting with annual report and other informational pieces
Working with colleagues on narrative building, planning, prioritization, and implementation
- Development and Research (20%):
Foster relationships with new/existing partners by sharing/promoting content, writing features to highlight their work
Participate in high-profile projects with donors/partners
Research and dissemination of resources, grant opportunities, leads, narratives, etc. to co-workers and partners for synergistic promotion of rural efforts
Other expectations will be within the typical parameters of nonprofit work and public service.
Qualifications and Experience
Minimum 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in digital communications and writing
Experience with a nonprofit, advocacy organization, or educational entity
Experience managing an organization’s voice across platforms
Strong communicator with a commitment to storytelling
Familiarity with digital media platforms (like Mailchimp), web CMS, Canva, etc.
Excellent copywriting and editing skills
The ability to multitask and “get things done” in a timely manner
A savvy collaborator with a focus on teamwork
Excellent follow-through and sense of ownership
An interest in rural issues and dedication to RSC’s mission
Travel and Benefits
This role may include up to 25% travel
- Benefits include:
25 Vacation Days
10 Personal / Sick Days
11 Paid Holidays
Health benefit reimbursement QSEHRA plan
Up to 3% retirement match via SIMPLE IRA plan
How to Apply:
Please send a letter of interest, writing sample, and resume to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is identified. Start date is negotiable.
RSC is committed to the principal of equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at RSC are based upon organizational needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social, or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union, or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations of where RSC operates. RSC does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.