Communications Associate

Are you able to employ communications to shift hearts and minds towards liberatory education for all students? Can you unleash the power of the written word as a tool for young people, educators, and communities to enact educational change? Would you like to work at an intentionally-diverse, tuition-free residential school based on antiracism, relationships, and beloved community?

POSITION TITLE:  Communications Associate

REPORTS TO:  Director of Professional Development

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Exempt

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Communications Associate is responsible for co-developing and facilitating our communications strategy in order to amplify learning and inspire educational change. This change is rooted in the power and voice of young people, educators, and communities, with a relentless antiracist, social justice lens.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors or Masters degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Creative Writing, or similar field; minimum of three years of experience in communications role; antiracist and social justice vision for education; strong writing skills with a track record of publication; organizational skills; deep understanding of public schools; ability to coach students, Eagle Rock colleagues, and external partners to publish articles on antiracist, social justice education; experience working with, and loving commitment to, diverse young people including individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a passion for communication in the service of transforming education; deep love of young people; the embodiment of an antiracist, social justice commitment; team mentality; visionary thinking; a commitment to lifelong learning; boundless energy; seasoned judgment; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school is more of a calling than a job.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate communications strategy: Implement and evolve communications strategy in alignment with our antiracist, social justice commitment; facilitate our communications strategy by maintaining consistent voice and focus in content including social media, articles, brochures, presentations, and website copy; monitor and analyze key performance indicators to offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Amplify learning and empower student voice through publications and conference presentations: Work to amplify what we’re learning at Eagle Rock, and what our external partners are learning through their work with us, in order to shift thoughts and actions towards liberatory education for all students. This includes providing support and editing for staff, students, and external partners to publish and present.
  • Manage the Eagle Rock blog: create and manage editorial calendar creation; draft and edit posts; ghostwriting posts for select team members; format and publishing posts; manage third-party vendors for site hosting, maintenance, and design.
  • Engage as a member of the professional development team: The PD Associate works together with the rest of the PD team to develop vision and strategy, and implement various initiatives and projects. This includes, but is not limited to, facilitating cohorts of changemakers to cultivate capacity and connection in order to make changes that lead to liberatory education for high schoolers.
  • Facilitate accreditation and reauthorization processes: Facilitate accreditation processes, including written reports, annual updates, and hosting the visits from accreditation teams; every five years, compile the materials necessary to demonstrate that our alternative licensure program is in compliance with Colorado Department of Education guidelines, and host the visit for the reauthorization team.
  • Participate in our residential school community: Duties related to residential school membership include participating in the following: student advisory, evening and weekend duty, community meetings, chores, service projects and house teams. Willingness to serve as a residential house parent should the need arise.

Essential Physical Job Functions

The person in this position will: constantly operate a computer, frequently communicate with students and staff, and frequently move about campus grounds – including ascending/descending stairs. The employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time, and may frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. Travel for work may be required.

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package:

  • Salary range for this position: $50,000-$80,000, based on education and experience.
  • Annual Bonus
  • Medical/dental/vision plan
  • Vacation/sick time/additional paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Attractive vehicle lease and purchase program
  • Educational assistance program available

Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (preferably one that has been published), and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) as one document submitted through https://tinyurl.com/CommAssociateEagleRock.  Clarifying questions can be sent to sbertucci@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls, please.  We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above. NO paper or fax materials will be considered.

Hiring Timeline 

We are hoping to fill this position immediately and will have a rolling deadline until filled. While we intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this timeline, we are committed to finding the right person; we realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan. We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline. We are currently accepting applications for positions listed on our website.

This job description is subject to change at any time.

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic. Members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.