Founded over 36 years ago, Reading In Motion (RIM) is a results-oriented literacy organization that gets pre-k through first-grade students reading at or above grade level during the crucial first years of school--particularly focusing on students whose environment or circumstances put them in greater need of support. Currently serving both Chicago and Las Vegas, we exist to change children’s futures by ensuring they’re successful readers for life. To achieve this, we provide our distinctive music and drama-infused reading curriculum, student testing data analysis, instruction tools, and teacher training and bi-weekly coaching to assure impressive reading outcomes for students.
We are in the final stages of a strategic planning process and have highlighted investment in our communications efforts as integral to reaching our goals. To this end, we have created a full-time Communications & Grants Manager position. This position will report to the Director of Development and work closely with the development team as well as collaboratively across the organization, with the primary aim of engaging RIM stakeholders by ensuring our communications are consistent and effective.
Externally, this position is responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of a multi-channel content marketing strategy, event promotion, and donor communications and grant narratives. Internally, the position strengthens the organization’s overall productivity by creating/refining and coordinating communication tools to be used by development and program staff. Responsibilities will include:
Partnering with the Director of Development and Director of Education to develop a communications strategy and annual plan
Acting as the primary generator of RIM communications content by crafting stories, emails, print materials, appeals, social media posts, etc.
Executing and coordinating the implementation of the multi-channel communications plan
Leading the development of key messaging for the organization and it’s specific audiences and ensuring their diligent use
Leading the effort to refresh RIM’s visual identity and create tools for its proper use by staff at all levels
Developing tools and metrics for evaluating and reporting on the efficacy of RIM’s communication’s efforts
Participating in the development and execution of RIM’s fundraising appeals
Maintaining RIM’s website
Working with contractors to produce materials as needed, i.e. graphic designer, photographer, printer, mail house, etc.,
Regularly tracking expenses and maintaining a budget for communications activities
Gaining an in-depth understanding of institutional history, current programs and priorities, and future program direction
Directly overseeing a contract grant writer, working with them and the Director of Development to craft foundation and corporate proposals and reports
Working with the Donor Relations & Data Coordinator to manage to prepare, submit, manage and steward grant proposals to government, foundation and corporate sources.
Working with the Donor Relations & Data Coordinator to manage the grants calendar and ensure the maintenance of current records, including contact management, grant tracking, and reporting
Attend bi-monthly Board and Auxiliary Board meetings
Attend events as needed
Participate in and carry out special projects as needed
Act as a spokesperson for RIM as needed
Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will have:
Excellent writing and editing skills
An eye for design
Exceptional organizational skills
Experience planning and managing projects with multiple participants
A Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent experience
3+ years experience in a professional work environment
Familiarity with how nonprofits function, philanthropy, and content marketing
A passion for the mission of RIM
To apply, send your resume, cover letter and two relevant writing/material samples to Reading In Motion Director of Development, Christina Jensen, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the job title in the subject line, by July 26, 2019.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation:
Salary between $45,000 - $50,000, commensurate with experience
Paid vacation and sick days
Health and Dental Insurance
Pre-tax travel benefit
Internal Number: 3128990732
About Reading in Motion
Reading In Motion's goal is to get every student reading at grade level or above during their early years, especially students in greater need of support because of their environment or other circumstances. To accomplish this, the organization partners with schools and teachers to deliver a music and drama-based reading curriculum, in both English and Spanish, together with our on-site specialized coaches to inspire students to learn and teachers to grow.