Community Solutions is a hardworking team of social problem solvers with complex, inspiring stories to tell. We need a great Project Manager to help our Communications team tell them! Preference will be given to applicants in New York City and Atlanta, but exceptional remote applications will be considered.
The candidate of our dreams is organized, but not rigid-- a "get stuff done" kind of person who can work out a plan of action quickly in the face of ambiguity and changing information (this environment offers a lot of both). We're looking for the sort of person who finds problem solving and complex implementation fun and who prides themselves on seeing multiple paths to the same outcome. We're a small team with a nonprofit budget, so experience getting creative with limited resources is a plus. We also want someone who sees their job as enabling results, not just hitting deadlines or budgetary targets. (If our brilliant plan is actually really dumb, we expect you to tell us-- and propose a better one!)
It will help if you're an extrovert, because you're going to have to maintain thriving relationships with the leaders of each of our internal social change teams. (Also, our Communications team has a lot of introverts, and we value balance!) You should also be an optimist-- the kind of person who makes work fun and who naturally enhances collaboration among other team members. We think this will help you say no when you need to and call BS in a friendly way when something just isn't ready for prime time.
Finally, we hope you're more than a project manager-- we also need a creator and a doer. In addition to being a fast, excellent writer, you should bring a general familiarity with various creative skillsets (copy, digital, video, photography, design) and some expertise with at least one. We're a small team, so there will be ample opportunities to pitch in and help create, even if you're not an expert.
About Community Solutions
Community Solutions is a nonprofit innovation partner to communities around the world. We use fun, innovative problem solving tools like design thinking and quality improvement to help communities build better, cheaper, more user-friendly approaches to health and social welfare. Our work has been featured twice on 60 Minutes and has received recognition from the Smithsonian, the White House and the United Nations. Since 2010, we have helped more than 200 U.S. communities find permanent homes for more than 170,000 homeless Americans, including more than 50,000 veterans.
Key Tasks & Responsibilities
- Work as full member of the Communications team, including participating in strategy and brainstorming sessions
Act as the day-to-day Communications point of contact for Community Solutions' five internal social change teams (homelessness, unemployment, health equity, real estate development and consulting)
Support the Director of Communications with logistics, planning and management of competing team priorities
Keep team projects on track by surfacing decision items for the Director of Communications and translating resulting decisions into actionable guidance for team members
Translate needs of internal social change teams into targeted action requests for various members of the Communications team
Build and maintain project work plans for Communications team projects
Lead weekly communications team meetings, in collaboration with Director of Communications
Review and edit documents and creative products to ensure brand fidelity and message consistency
Co-lead reflection/evaluation/debriefing process on completed projects in collaboration with Digital Engagement Coordinator
Handle small writing and editing requests from internal teams to allow Communications team to focus on production of deeper content
Keep creative projects on track through production management and contractor management
Lead presentations and facilitate meetings with multiple internal stakeholders
Manage relationships and expectations with leaders of internal social change teams, including saying no comfortably and finding alternative solutions
Play past your position by contributing your own creative work from time to time
Skills & Attributes
- Excellent and quick writer. This is not a boilerplate attribute; it is essential.
Strong understanding of creative process as well as campaign-oriented communications and/or public relations
High tolerance for ambiguity and moving projects forward in a shifting, often uncertain environment
Able to see, and pivot between, multiple paths to the same goal
Strong problem solving and project management skills
Experience with Asana or other open-source project management platform
Proficiency in MS Office suite, as well as Google Business apps and Adobe Creative Cloud products
Production management experience
File and asset management
Strong, organized multitasker
- Bachelor's degree
Minimum of 2 years experience in account or project management on an advertising, creative, digital, marketing or public relations agency or team
Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000, based on experience.
To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages) writing sample to Mat Poirot by September 16, 2016. Applications will be considered as they come in.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a resume, cover letter and short writing sample.
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