Are you a born communicator? Do you have experience in using storytelling to share important messages? Kindering's ideal Communications Specialist will focus on both internal and external communications and possesses the desire to work with a strong fundraising team in a fast-paced environment. This specialist will manage a variety of messaging tasks, providing strong partnership with Kindering's Senior Communications and Public Relations Specialist, Development Department, committees, and volunteers. This position is responsible for engaging both staff and our external Kindering Community in our mission through compelling storytelling including written and visual mediums, effectively sharing Kindering's values and the work we do.
Please include a cover letter and your resume to be considered for this position.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
- Collaborate with Senior Communications and Public Relations Specialist as writer and in-house editor to ensure quality control and consistent messaging.
- Committed to equitable storytelling and representation.
- Lead in-house writing and creation of Kindering testimonial stories from families and staff for internal and external use (ie. website, staff spotlights, social media, donor stewardship, grants/reports, etc.).
- Create and Maintain a Kindering Speakers Bureau comprised of alumni parents to participate in public speaking events such as United Way groups, Kiwanis, local municipal city councils, budget committees and others as requested.
- Participate in grant writing with stories and proposal writing as well supporting the report process for both new and long-term funders.
- Primary writer of speeches, remarks, talking points, by the CEO, and other Kindering staff as needed.
- Ensures that the relevant strategy, message development, branding, and other core goals are accomplished in each piece.
- Produce materials that are representative of and respectful to the diverse communities we serve.
- Uses analytical tools to measure performance, determine improvements and innovations, and propose adjustments accordingly.
- Collaborates with Senior Communications & Public Relations Specialist to support staff in the successful creation of PowerPoints, photos, video or other collateral elements.
- Meets all deadlines to allow for review and advance delivery to officers.
- Work collaboratively with Executive Team and other departments to facilitate cross-departmental communication.
- Draft and edit content for a variety of internal communications mediums, such as the Executive Communications site and staff bulletin.
- Utilize strong writing and editing skills to ensure employee-facing communication adheres to a consistent, style, quality and voice that helps bring our culture to life.
- Prepare Development Department content for weekly staff bulletin and monthly family bulletin
- Implement and share impact stories on Kindering website
- Team with department leaders to ensure for timely website support/updating
- Partner with internal department leads for regular website updates and review
- Collaborate with Development Department team in creating content and editing Family Newsletters, fundraising appeal letters, etc.
- Assists with annual auction, luncheon and other events as needed (i.e. speech writing, day of event support, misc. duties as assigned).
Required Education & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, or equivalent experience.
- Confident content strategist and compelling writer. Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Must have strong computer experience with proficiency in Microsoft Office and willingness to learn new tech/programs.
- Recent, direct experience in speech writing and forward-facing communication.
- Video and visual asset production experience preferred.
- History of demonstrating initiative and the ability to manage competing priorities.
- Strong experience managing projects capably and effectively-on budget, on time and to goal.
- Resourceful, positive, and good humored.
- Highly developed organization and information management skills.
- Must be able to handle difficult situations with grace, diplomacy, and flexibility.
- Must be able to prioritize workload while managing concurrent, diverse projects.
- Must able to meet time-sensitive deadlines and maintain an extremely high level of attention to detail in a fast-paced, changing environment.
- Must be able to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with supervisor, peers, vendors, parents, and volunteers.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, and work under the direction of others required.
- Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and request clarification when needed required.
- Strong storytelling skills, including the ability to take very technical information and translate to engaging messaging tailored to varied audiences.
- May be asked to flex work hours in order to accommodate weekend and evening event preparation or execution.
- Pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and background check and FBI fingerprint check
- Demonstrate skill in word processing and familiarity with MS Word and Excel
- Local travel required.
- Pass tuberculosis test
- Ability to show proof of current immunizations, including COVID-19 and MMR vaccine or titer test*.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
The information described below represents the physical activities and surroundings one may encounter when performing the duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- To perform the job, the employee is frequently required to talk, hear, stand, and walk. In an emergency, the employee may be required to carry children and materials weighing up to 40 pounds.
- The work is typically performed in an office environment, with a moderate noise level. Occasional travel to other areas of the facility or alternate campuses may be required, where the noise level is moderate to loud and environmental conditions may include slippery surfaces, crowded areas, or working near moving parts (e.g. exercise equipment).
Kindering values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. Kindering is an Equal Opportunity Employer
*Requests for Religious or Medical exemptions are available upon request.