Communications and Marketing Director

Communications and Marketing Director

About Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation — or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities.

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND, Rochester-SE, MN and our national office is in Minneapolis. In Boston and Brooklyn, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative non-residential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children. Learn more here.

Job Summary: The Jeremiah Program seeks a creative and entrepreneurial leader for its new Communications and Marketing Director (CMD) role to amplify and advance JP’s innovative work disrupting generational poverty for single moms and their children at the national level.  Reporting to the Vice President of Development and Communications (VPDC), the CMD will lead a team and guide the strategy for all communications, website and public relations messaging, and associated collateral materials to consistently raise awareness of JP’s mission and ensure that JP is viewed as a primary source within its diverse network and constituent base.

The Director of Communications and Marketing will serve as a strategic thought partner on a variety of programmatic initiatives and work closely with a senior peer group within the organization. The ideal candidate has deep experience in team management, strategic communications that includes a blend of advocacy, media and brand building, online marketing, storytelling, and a proven track record of growing and engaging diverse audiences and elevating the profile of a national organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

Staff Management & Strategic Partnerships  

  • Manage, inspire, and develop a team of skilled communication professionals to broaden programmatic reach and deepen JP’s impact
  • Work with the VPDC and other senior leaders to develop and execute an annual plan that inspires key audiences to action
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including cross-team collaboration, budgeting and planning
  • Develop partnerships with organizations, corporations, community allies, and others to further JP’s mission and secure influencers
  • Develop and manage regional and national external marketing efforts, including digital, to raise the visibility of JP and ensure engagement with multiple audiences
  • Create a public relations strategy that will allow JP to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences

Advocacy & Social Justice  

  • Identify significant public policy issues related to JP’s mission and formulate advocacy strategies
  • Actively engage, cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding JP programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects
  • Prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, brochures, reports, press releases and pitches, and other organizational collateral material
  • Edit JP’s or website and oversee web administration with a strong focus towards social justice
  • Manage relationships with public relations, web development and design vendors

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This is a full-time (40+ hours/week) position, and work days are typically Monday through Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required as job duties demand.

Travel

  • Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel will be expected.

 Required Qualifications:              

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 8+ years of team management in a high growth organization or and at least 10 years of proven communications achievement, ideally in a social justice organization, or in an issue-based initiative or political campaign; Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons
  • Track record of positioning an organization, political candidate, or cause in a competitive communications market
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrix organization/cross-departmental teams 
  • Sense of humor coupled with a strong work ethic; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice

All candidates should have outstanding interpersonal skills, an ability to provide change leadership, and able to work effectively with a wide range of people while demonstrating integrity and professionalism.

Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

We offer competitive compensation, including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to email a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements, to HR@JeremiahProgram.org.