The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (CCLC) helps Chicago’s adult education organizations secure resources and training so that underserved adult learners can become economically successful.
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Development/Communications Manager (Manager) will ensure that CCLC’s annual development and communications goals are met. The Manager will guarantee that CCLC’s development and fundraising benchmarks are met and/or exceeded; and be responsible for executing timely and relevant communications to CCLC’s network.
In coordination with CCLC’s Executive Director (ED), create and implement an annual development plan that will secure the necessary funding to support CCLC’s innovative programming. Elements of the plan include: philanthropic and corporate grants, government contracts, individual donors, and an annual event.
Maintain CCLC’s current portfolios of philanthropic and corporate funders by guaranteeing that grant reports, communications with funders and applications are submitted on time for renewal. Liaise with program staff to understand their program plans and outcomes in order to write proposals that reflect current efforts. Maintain calendar and database of all deadlines.
Cultivate new philanthropic and corporate support through prospect research and relationship building.
Foster relationships with individual donors to increase revenue through CCLC’s annual mailing appeal.
Oversee CCLC’s annual awards ceremony, including securing corporate sponsors and donations, designing marketing materials, planning the event program, and supervising outreach.
In coordination with CCLC’s ED, create and manage organization’s annual communications plan.
Communicate the value of CCLC membership to current and potential members; lead annual membership sign-up campaign.
Run CCLC’s social media platforms, develop and implement a social media strategy that grows CCLC’s digital footprint. Ensure that CCLC’s programs and events are reported out on in a timely and far-reaching manner. Monitor and analyze social media analytics.
Manage CCLC’s website to ensure accuracy and currency of content so that stakeholders can find relevant and accurate information.
Provide support to CCLC Program Director on digital campaigns, materials and marketing for special events, and print publications.
Produce bi-weekly e-newsletter and other regular e-communications.
Control information output and incoming requests for information from various media outlets.
Conduct research to identify articles and trending topics affecting the organization’s mission and work.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for the transformative power of adult basic education and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders that translate into organizational growth. He or she will articulate the issues of adult education and showcase the impact of CCLC and it’s member organizations. The Manager’s work will focus on highlighting the need of adult education services in Chicago and advocating for resources to support those services.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Bachelor’s degree with at least three years’ experience in one of the following areas: public relations, journalism, marketing, or communications.
Possess a comprehensive understanding of modern communication methods with culturally diverse businesses, non-profits, government agencies and individuals.
Strong cultural competency with an ability to relate to a wide range of communities.
Experience maintaining an organization’s website and coordinating and/or managing social media outreach.
Experience crafting press releases, bi-monthly newsletters, event planning, graphic communications, advertising, and other related services.
Experience with WordPress a plus.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Spanish language skills a plus.
Excellent research, information gathering and interviewing skills.
This position requires an energetic and engaging individual who is detail-orientated. Experience in social media, program and project management, advocacy, and organizing is critical as well as an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. The candidate must be capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously while achieving outcomes; capacity for identify problems, initiating, and implementing creative solutions; strong communication skills to promote outreach and relationship building that demonstrates interest in helping low-skilled adults achieve economic self-sufficiency.
About Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
CCLC was incorporated as a 501(C)3 in 2003 as a forum for representatives from the Hispanic Literacy Council and the North, South and West Side Literacy Coalitions to convene and share common interests in the promotion and delivery of literacy services in Chicago.