Public School Allies is a national non-profit organization that partners with city leaders to create innovative public school systems. Too few students–especially low-income students of color–have access to great public schools. Public School Allies wants to join city leaders to help fix that. It is inspired by the growing number of cities that have empowered educators to dramatically expand opportunities for students in public schools, is looking for a seasoned Communications Partner to join its team of Partner peers in its effort to improve public education across the country.
Communications and advocacy are critical to Public School Allies’ work. Too often, parents and families are ignored in education policy discussions. And voters and policy makers are not always informed about how to make progress on the most challenging problems facing America’s public schools. Public School Allies sees wide variation in local efforts to communicate with and authentically engage parents, voters, opinion leaders, and the public at large on these important issues. It seeks to help local partners better tell their story and shine a light on the progress that’s possible when communities come together to create great public schools in neighborhoods across the United States.
The Communications Partner will:
- Lead Public School Allies’ communications work with local leaders;
- Provide thought leadership within the organization on broader national communications strategy; and
- Work proactively with the internal communications team at The City Fund to set and implement the local and national communications strategy to raise public awareness of and support for Public School Allies’ work.
The ideal candidate for this role will have:
- Deep expertise in developing and overseeing communications campaigns at a national, state and/or city level;
- Sophisticated understanding of multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy campaigns that involve media, legislative, economic and policy analysis, and organizing approaches;
- Strong experience using research and polling to help inform strategy, craft messaging, segment audiences, and design a winning communications campaign;
- Experience developing and mobilizing constituents via electronic communications and social media, in addition to traditional media outreach and engagement;
- Experience using pre- and post-campaign research and testing to establish benchmarks and evaluate the efficacy of the campaign;
- The ability and experience to work comfortably with local partner organizations, providing training and coaching, in addition to financial resources;
- Degree requirement