Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls and address the systemic barriers that impede girls’ success, particularly girls in low-income communities and girls of color.
Girls Inc. of Chicago, incorporated in November 2016, is the newest affiliate of the network of Girls Inc. organizations with the shared mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.
Girls Inc. of Chicago has an exciting opportunity for a seasoned communications resource. We are looking for someone who isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and take on any initiative regarding media relations, social media, communications. The Communications Associate will play a pivotal role in strategy, operations and execution for both internal and external communications. They are the key resources to write, edit and develop copy for news releases, feature stories and online content. This includes the taking of photos and the creation of digital content.
Additionally, the Communications Associate will support Girls Inc. of Chicago by participating in programming at schools and other community organizations to help ensure that all employees are serving as a visible and effective leaders and advocates for Girls Inc. of Chicago.
Strategy and Thought Leadership
Continuously scans the internal and external environment, understands the organizations major strategic and operating priorities and proactively identifies opportunities to engage members of the news media, employees, stakeholders, and other community members in communicating information that strengthens the Girls Inc. of Chicago brand.
Maintain the online presence.
Create and publish content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked.
Establish additional Social Media presence as needed (example; Blogs, Pinterest, Snapchat etc.)
Provide live coverage of events and activities for social media
Create and maintain social media content calendar
Moderate community conversation and identify trends in social media
Monitor and analyze the school’s social media performance
Stay up to date on the latest trends and new features in the various social media platform.
Internal & External Communications
Create monthly e-newsletters, announcements and email messages sent to our electronic mailing lists.
Manage mailing lists.
Track, update and analyze statistics.
Provide communication support to Girls Inc. of Chicago stakeholders including the board, school partners and donors.
Answer phones and provide general information to those interested in learning more about Girls Inc. of Chicago.
Events coordination - both internal and external.
Fund Development/Donor Management
Assist with the accurate input and maintenance of donor records.
Create and distribute donor thank you notes and solicitations.
Assist with the coordination and research of fundraising events
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Excited about the challenge of building on the legacy of Girls Inc. nationally to define the future impact of Girls Inc. of Chicago.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills both oral and written.
Ability to confidently communicate via phone and in-person
Excellent computer literacy
Experience working effectively and respectfully with members of senior leadership team and program management team.
Demonstrates a high level of initiative and professional decorum.
Non-profit experience preferred.
Ability to travel in personal vehicle, insurance
Ability to pass a background check.
Ability to work flexible hours, evenings/weekends as needed and required.
Cell phone needed.
A minimum of 5 years in a related role.
Bachelor’s degree in PR, Communications or related area
Experience in nonprofit organization communication
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Creativity in design
Please note that 3rd year students currently pursuing a relevant bachelor’s degree are strongly encouraged to apply.
GIRLS INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
About Girls Inc. of Chicago
Girls Inc. of Chicago provides after school programming that focuses on the development of the whole girl. The combination of long lasting mentoring relationships, a pro girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers to grow up healthy, educated and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.
We encourage girls to believe in their fullest potential through the Girls Inc. Bill of Rights.
Girls Inc. Girls' Bill of Rights:
•Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
•Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
•Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
•Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
•Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
•Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.