We are now hiring for a Staff Writer position. 

About the Organization:

Boston Partners in Education (Boston Partners) enhances the academic achievement and nurtures the personal growth of Boston’s public school students by providing them with focused, individualized, in-school support. Boston Partners recruits, trains, places and supports volunteers to work with students in grades kindergarten through twelve, one-on-one or in small groups, primarily during the school day. Boston Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Position Description:
Boston Partners is seeking a highly-motivated Staff Writer with strong communication, writing, organizational and time-management skills. As a member of Boston Partners’ marketing team, s/he will contribute to our mission by working closely with both program and fund development staff, assisting in a range of assignments. Primarily, this person will lead all aspects of our digital media communication efforts, including social media and select grant writing. Approximately 50% of the Staff Writer’s time will be dedicated toward managing digital communications, while 50% will be spent researching and writing grant proposals. The Staff Writer will report to the Marketing Manager. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

Responsibilities:

Digital Content Management

  • Update website content and design on regular basis, including the use of images, color, photography, etc.
  • Act as Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee: regularly schedule and hold meetings, create agendas and minutes
  • Oversee social media messages generated throughout the organization – currently includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, LetsAllDoGood, WordPress blog; ensure collaboration with other organizations’ social media accounts
  • Track and analyze status of Boston Partners’ website traffic and social media campaigns via analytics
  • Ensure external online donation pages include current messaging, photos, etc. (e.g., Crowdrise, FirstGiving, GuideStar, Giving Common); Update and refresh relevant profiles on quarterly basis
  • Assist with the design and implementation of online and social media communications for volunteer recruitment, event promotion, and/or donor cultivation, including graphic design for collateral

 

Content Creation

  • Write/Design a variety of marketing materials, including marketing brochures and mailers, email newsletter, blog posts and other promotional materials
  • Assist Marketing Manager in capturing stories, photos and/or video for marketing materials
  • Write nominations for awards and opportunities to be recognized by professional associations, etc.
  • Participate as a member in different Board and staff committees, including Marketing Committee
  • Other tasks as identified by the Marketing Manager and/or COO

 

Grants Research & Writing

  • Research current and potential corporate, private, and public foundation funders and conduct funder outreach
  • Maintain and update calendar of funders’ grant cycles; Track proposal preparation process in salesforce.com and Google Drive
  • Manage grant relationships with private, family, and corporate foundations; Construct proposals/applications for new foundation opportunities and prepare reports to foundations for awarded grants
  • Collaborate with COO and Grants Team in regular meetings to plan and execute grants strategy
  • Maintain calendar of reporting requirements and plan appropriately
  • Coordinate with Program Director and Program Managers throughout the year, at mid-year, and at the end of the year to assess program progress, identify challenges and successes, and collect evaluation data
  • Work with Corporate Relations Manager on corporate grants

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Minimum three years demonstrated strong writing experience
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, accurately and quickly for different media
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)
  • Familiarity with WordPress or related CMS
  • Ability to meet concurrent deadlines by setting priorities, organize time, and identifying resources and assistance as needed
  • A strong collaborator and team member while also able to work independently and take initiative

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience including knowledge of data analysis
  • Familiarity with current web trends in social media, email marketing, SEO and WordPress
  • Experience in Salesforce.com, a CRM application

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Christopher Cotrone at christopher_cotrone@bostonpartners.org. No calls please. Boston Partners in Education is an equal opportunity employer.

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