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. This individual will execute all aspects of our digital media communication efforts, including social media, as well as grant writing. Approximately 50% of the Staff Writer’s time will be dedicated toward supporting digital and print communications, while 50% will be spent researching and writing grant proposals and reports. The Staff Writer will report to the Marketing Manager. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.


Responsibilities

Grants Research & Writing (50% of responsibilities)

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

 
Digital Content Management (20% of responsibilities)

  • Update written website content, including blogs, organizational data, and resources for volunteers and teachers on a regular basis
  • Oversee social media messages generated throughout the organization – currently including 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. (i.e. GuideStar, Giving Common); update and refresh relevant profiles on quarterly basis
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of online and social media communications for volunteer recruitment, event promotion, and/or donor cultivation

 
Content Creation (30% of responsibilities)

  • Write/edit 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/edit development and special event materials, including fundraising appeal letters, programs, and scripts
  • 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 and Development Committees
  • Other tasks as identified by the Marketing Manager and/or COO

 
Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Demonstrated strong writing experience, as shown in a portfolio of content
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, accurately and quickly for different media, audiences, and purposes
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback on assignments and implement accordingly
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with WordPress (or related CMS), Facebook and Twitter
  • Ability to meet concurrent deadlines by setting priorities, organizing time, and identifying resources and assistance as needed
  • A strong collaborator and team member while also able to work independently and take initiative
  • Proven experience working with multiple communication and supervision styles

 
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
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)
  • Experience with Google Apps (Mail, Calendar, and Drive)
  • At least one to two years’ experience in a non-profit organization setting

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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