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Partners for Our Children (POC) was founded in 2007 to focus new thinking, resources and expertise on the state's child welfare system. POC is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the University of Washington School of Social Work and the private sector. POC is based on campus at the UW and has the opportunity to leverage the academic community to optimize our work.
POC performs needed research and data analysis and translates its findings for key partners in the child welfare system. Partners for Our Children's focus is on identifying the most promising practices, policy changes and programs that will have the most significant impact for kids and families in Washington State.
The UW School of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a (75%-100% FTE) Communications Manager to be responsible for all aspects of external communications, and publications management. The individual will be responsible for drafting and producing a wide range of materials, including a set of positioning documents that reflect the mission of POC and key strategies of the organization; website content; research and policy briefs; press releases; administrative announcements; talking points for the Executive Director; text for brochures and other collateral materials; and other projects as assigned.
Internal Teaming and Strategic Planning (50%)
The Communications Manager is responsible for developing communication policies and plans, including how, when, and with whom POC will communicate. The Manager is responsible for executing, maintaining, and managing all aspects of policies and plans. This includes creating policies regarding all incoming and outgoing communications for POC.
This position is responsible for managing the communications budget. This includes management of communications contracts with various suppliers and vendors.
The Manager works closely with the Executive Director and in coordination with the Research, Data, and Policy teams to facilitate multiple projects while working with a diverse workgroup and audiences.
The Manager works independently, meeting deadlines and accommodating shifting unit priorities. Develop annual communication plan which will include engagement strategies to reach distinct audiences including but not limited to policy makers, state government administrators, child welfare system partners, private philanthropy, researchers, and media outlets.
The Communications Manager is responsible for all communications materials. This includes, but is not limited to, materials created in conjunction with the Research, Policy, and Data teams. The manager will supervise the process by which materials are prepared and approved for internal and external audiences, as well as ensure they conform with POC's communication's plan and policies.
The Communications Manager provides strategic direction to the Executive Director, other POC Directors, and Board in regards to POC's internal & external communications. The Communication Manager is responsible for guiding POC leadership in communicating information regarding the mission and vision of POC and how to strategically engage in conversation about POC.
The Manager provides tactical counsel to Executive Director, and Research, Data, and Policy teams as they produce external documents and engage in public speaking opportunities.
The Manager serves as a senior writing contact for staff.
Publications Coordination and Web Technology (50%)
Manage all aspects of publication/communication projects including writing, editing, design, production, marketing, and distribution
Develop, design and provide content management of the POC website
Provide information about services for and policies related to children and families to stakeholders using social media as a tool.
Translate child welfare research and data into easily understood materials for conferences, field presentations, web content, policy briefs etc.
Develop press releases, profiles, articles, digital/video content, and other various written content
Plan, direct, & coordinate publication processes
Review & correct proofs; adhere to copyright laws
This position will supervise any communications staff POC may hire in the future.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Technical Writing, English, or related field.
Six to eight years' experience in a communications/public information related field.
Excellent research, oral and written communications skills
Ability to contribute to the development and execution of an agency strategic plan
Experience translating complex ideas and data into user friendly language
Strong applied social media expertise
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, InDesign, Internet and on-line services
Proven project management, copy editing, and proofreading skills
Experience writing for the web
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse community
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects while working towards deadlines
Can work independently and as part of a team
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in Communications, Journalism, Technical Writing, English, or related field
7-10 years' experience in web communications, publications development, journalism and/or related areas.
Knowledge of, or experience in working with diverse cross-system populations including child welfare/social service providers, philanthropy, and researchers
Can turn ideas into workable plans
Can join and bring creativity to a team
Experiences individual success in conjunction with a commitment and dedication to the agency's success
Can anticipate the needs of colleagues and partners
Attention to detail and quality
Experience in writing grants
Adept at conceptualizing content in visual, readily digested formats such as graphs, charts, tables, bullet points, and key facts and sidebars
Experience working with digital media and video