The New Hampshire School Funding Fairness Project (NHSFFP) seeks a Communications Associate to help broaden the reach and deepen the impact of its efforts to raise awareness of the shortcomings of New Hampshire’s system for funding public schools and to promote the changes in public policy necessary to make that system more equitable and sustainable.
Founded in 2019, the New Hampshire School Funding Fairness Project (NHSFFP) is a non-partisan non-profit organization that seeks to improve public understanding of both the system by which New Hampshire funds its public schools and the consequences of that system for families, businesses, and communities. NHSFFP also collaborates with elected officials, allied organizations, and concerned citizens to achieve the permanent and comprehensive reforms needed to make that system more equitable and sustainable. NHSFFP’s involvement was instrumental in securing over $100 million in additional resources for local school districts in New Hampshire’s FY 2020-2021 budget and in establishing the Commission to Study School Funding.
At present, the organization consists of an active, experienced, and dedicated seven-member Board of Directors and a full-time Project Director.
The Communications Associate position is full-time and will report to the Project Director. The position will initially be work-from-home but may ultimately transition to an office environment.
The Communications Associate will, among his or her principal responsibilities:
- Create and execute, in conjunction with the Project Director, short- and long-run communications plans for the organization
- Develop and maintain relationships with local reporters, editors, producers, and bloggers focused on education, politics, and public policy
- Draft news advisories, press releases, letters to the editor, and op-eds
- Coordinate background briefings, press conferences, rallies, and other events
- Monitor news coverage of, and social media engagement on, topics of concern to the organization•Maintain the organization’s website
- Manage and strengthen the organization’s social media presence
- Write regular newsletters to keep the organization’s partners and supporters abreast of developments in state education finance, advocacy opportunities, upcoming events, and other matters
- Create clear and compelling graphics and other visuals for use in organizational presentations and outreach
- Represent NHSFFP in public settings, as necessary and appropriate
- Assist in preparing organizational leadership and volunteers for interviews and other media appearances
- Plan and conduct media trainings for NHSFFP staff, Board members, and organizational volunteers
- Strengthen the organization’s understanding of public opinion in New Hampshire and assist in the development of messages to shape it over time
- Assess the effectiveness of the organization’s communications strategies via commonly available metrics
The ideal candidate for the position:
- Holds a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Has three or more years of professional communications experience in a nonprofit, governmental, or campaign setting
- Has demonstrable professional expertise in the use of:
- Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or other email platforms
- WordPress or other website content management services
- Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media channels
- Adobe Creative Cloud or other graphic design and photo editing software
- Office 365
- Possesses a sophisticated understanding of New Hampshire’s political and media landscape
- Has a working knowledge of state and local legislative and budget processes as well as the system by which New Hampshire funds public schools
- Is an excellent writer, a thoughtful editor, and a meticulous proofreader
- Thinks strategically, creatively, critically, and with an open mind
- Adapts well to shifting circumstances, responds well to high-pressure situations, and performs well under tight timelines
- Takes initiative, works both independently and collaboratively, and solves problems large and small
- Is willing to contribute to the variety of mundane tasks needed for the organization’s ongoing operations and long-term success
- Is passionate about economic and social justice and NHSFFP’s broader mission
The position offers an annual salary in the range of $45,000 to $60,000, commensurate with experience, as well as monthly health care and office stipends and travel reimbursement. The position is grant-funded and is contingent upon future renewals of such funding.
To apply, interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format only) to email@example.com by Friday, July 24. NHSFFP will not accept phone inquiries regarding the position.
NHSFFP is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that fully represents and engages all Granite Staters. Accordingly, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other class protected under law.