Overview of Organization and the Dreamer School
“I Have a Dream” Oregon is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Communications and Events Manager (CEM). This is an opportunity to join a mission-driven team unified around educational equity and a vision to break the cycle of poverty and change the game at a systemic level for children and families in poverty-impacted communities.
Beginning in 1990, “I Have a Dream” (IHD) partnered with schools in poverty-impacted areas to select their 3rd grade class to be a Dreamer Class. IHD has selected 10 such classes; five are still active—one just graduating high school with the remainder in college. "Dreamers" receive three core services: mentoring, academic and social services, and exposure to a "culture of college and career" through post-secondary education.
Building on this success, in 2010 IHD moved to a “Dreamer School” model, expanding our reach to annually serve over 900 Dreamer students and their families in the Reynolds School District through a highly collaborative shared-cost model with more than 70 nonprofit and higher education partners. 84% of these students are children of color and many are bi-lingual, with over 25 languages represented.
In addition to continuing the three core services cited above, the Dreamer School model includes expanded emphasis on early childhood education, college completion and career transition, and unprecedented community collaboration. The Dreamer School model follows students who begin their pre-K-12 journey at Alder Elementary – one of Oregon’s most poverty-impacted schools – through middle school, Reynolds High School and eventually, post-secondary education/certification and family-wage careers. For more information, please visit www.dreamoregon.org.
Goals and Beliefs
Our ultimate Dreamer School goal is to help students and families break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, including 100% of Dreamer students completing high school and at least 80% completing a post-secondary degree or certificate. We also spur systemic change in poverty-impacted communities by creating innovative, systemic approaches to remove barriers and create opportunities for educational success and by leveraging our Dreamer School model as a demonstration project from which others can learn.
We believe that all children start out curious, creative and full of potential. We believe that families wake up every day and do their very best to support their children.
We believe that cultural, institutional, and individual racism creates disparities and barriers that are neither fair nor equitable.
We are committed to advancing racial equity as a foundational element of all aspects of our work and with all of our stakeholders. In addition to racism, we recognize that ALL other forms of bias must also be addressed in order to create a more just and equitable society.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to comprehensive community partnerships to help close the racialized achievement gap in our schools and colleges. We strive to create a truly equitable organization: one where students, families, and communities are welcomed and supported, where their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued.
We listen and respond with great care and intentionality to the students and families with whom we partner. We consistently analyze our organizational commitment to equity and inclusion as expressed through our policies and practices, our workforce and board composition, and engagement of students and families as central guiders of our work. We are committed to collaborating with other organizations towards advancing equity for all.
Communications and Events Manager Responsibilities
The Communications and Events Manager (CEM) is a highly motivated implementer. The CEM will serve as a member of the advancement team of IHD. They are responsible for the implementation of the marketing and communication plan in collaboration with the Senior Director of Advancement and is rooted in the organization’s commitment to racial equity. Additionally, this position is responsible for the creation and implementation of events including successful fundraising events to meet annual fundraising goals. The position supports the Young Leaders Collective (YLC) and program staff in the creation and execution of community outreach and engagement events.
· Develop integrated marketing and communications strategic plan to support fundraising programs and enhance IHD brand.
· Manage direct contact with outside marketing contractors, event vendors, and print and mail house vendors.
· Work closely with outside consultants, create and implement a digital marketing and communications strategy including multi-media, social media, and audience engagement.
· Coordinate translation services of all communications materials for internal and external stakeholders.
· In collaboration with the Grants and Gifts Manager, track and manage promised recognition for grants and sponsorships.
· Coordinate media contacts and public relations outreach including overseeing the communications calendar of President & CEO and Sr. Director of Advancement.
Writing and Storytelling
· Develop and execute the production of communication, marketing, and branded materials for internal and external audiences through an equity lens.
· Ensure we are reaching and engaging appropriate audiences and authentically representing IHD’s work.
· In collaboration with the Sr. Director of Advancement, write and produce e-newsletters, annual report card, web and social media content, event materials, and content for collateral materials.
· Craft compelling strength-based stories for all communication channels based on listening and conducting interviews with students, families and partners.
· Ensure all messaging, communication strategy, and collateral materials are in alignment with the organization’s equity statement and commitment.
· Manage and produce all collateral and print materials for marketing and fundraising.
· Design and produce marketing and collateral materials for corporate partners and sponsors.
· Market and promote events. Responsible for all event collateral including invitations, signage, promotional materials, tickets, webpage, etc.
Social Media and Digital Communications
· Manage development of multi-media content for web and social media platforms. Maintain and update the IHD website and social networking sites to remain relevant.
Event and Volunteer Management
· Recruit and manage event volunteers/staff and support event steering committees.
· Responsible for helping secure annual event fundraising goal.
· Oversee and manage the annual events calendar.
· Facilitate and manage auction procurement process in collaboration with volunteer steering committee.
· Using the database Greater Giving, work with Advancement Coordinator to input all data. Track committee solicitors, donors, items, sales, and attendees. Provide timely interim and final reports.
· Work closely with Advancement Coordinator to ensure accurate and efficient recording of pledges.
· Manage the event budget, track and verify all expenses, and reconciliation with Chief Operating Officer.
· Manage guest registration: seating charts, bidder numbers, track item sales and tickets.
· Lead all event-planning meetings, participate in all events, which may occur in the evenings and/or weekends.
· Other duties as assigned.
· A commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrable experience furthering equity initiatives in previous positions.
· Deep commitment to helping poverty-impacted students to succeed in schools and achieve economic independence.
· 3-5 years relevant experience or formal education, an Undergraduate degree or a combination.
· Experience in social media, print media, web management and analytics.
· Intermediate to advanced Adobe Creative Suite skills.
· Detail oriented, excellent organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills. Ability to bring a variety of initiatives to successful closure.
· Ability to work flexible hours around event schedule, and volunteer committee meetings.
· Must be able to pass background check.
· Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance.
Salary and Benefits
· Compensation commensurate with experience
· 100% employee premium paid for medical/dental/vision insurance
· Employer paid life, long- and short-term disability insurance
· Flexible Spending Benefit Plan and Employee Assistance Program
· 15 days of accrued vacation, 12 days of sick and 10 holidays
· Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching program
Please send a cover letter and resume to Sharon Mayo at:
See full job announcement: https://www.dreamoregon.org/job-openings
Review of applications will begin November 27, 2017.
An Equal Opportunity Employer