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Communications Manager Job Description

Join the collaborative team serving the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA). Last year, Forbes named “School Principal” the happiest profession in America… and working for the principals’ association is a close second! 

Our Communications Manager needs to be someone who is not afraid to dive head-first into projects, try new things, and create innovative solutions to make MESPA the world’s best association! 

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Needed:

      • Bachelor’s degree
      • 2-3 years minimum of relevant experience
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills
      • Exceptional organizational skills & attention to detail
      • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative team player
      • Appreciation for non-profit associations and a passion for public education
      • Self-directed with a strong work ethic
      • Flexible and adaptable to changes, interruptions, and unforeseen events
      • Ability to track and perform multiple tasks concurrently
      • Strong history of member/customer support and service
      • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite
      • Basic website content management skills
      • Ability to write with the brand voice of MESPA
      • Comfortable learning and utilizing new technology

           Bonus points for…      

          • A master's degree
          • Previous work experience in an educational non-profit
          • Graphic design experience (InDesign, Photoshop)
          • Video Editing Experience
          • Familiar with Wild Apricot (or similar association/database management software) and MailChimp 
              Job duties include, but are not limited to:
              • Develop and manage all MESPA communication initiatives
              • Create promotional materials (digital and print) for MESPA professional development events and membership initiatives
              • Write copy for all MESPA materials in MESPA’s voice
              • Collaborate with the Program Manager and Membership manager to create content for their needs (emails, website content, flyers, postcards, videos, etc)
              • Manage MESPA Advocate Blog and work with principals to create new content
              • Create and send a weekly electronic newsletter (e-news)
              • Sell advertising for the MESPA e-news and blog
              • Manage social media: Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube
              • Updated website ( with relevant content
              • Act as a liaison for the School of Excellence, Legislative Resolutions, and Communications Committee, as well as the MESPA board
              • Oversee honors and recognition programs
              • Facilitate MESPA officer elections
              • Write press releases for all honors, elections, and other relevant announcements; maintain press release contacts throughout the state
              • Manage current Business Partner relationships and work to develop new relationships
              • Manage accounts payable, track all outgoing expenses
              • Schedule meetings with legislators in Washington, D.C. and/or MN capital
              • Assist in management of association events: fall conference, board meetings, annual 3-day convention (some travel required)
              • Support general office operations and be prepared to wear many hats!

              Salary: $43,000, plus excellent benefits including $10,000 health insurance stipend

              Posting Closing Date: July 31, 2017 or until filled

              To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to

              About MESPA: MESPA is the professional association of Minnesota’s elementary and middle level principals serving 950 principals statewide. With the vision to be the premier leadership resource for elementary and middle-level principals and a strong leading voice for public education, MESPA has represented Minnesota’s principals since 1950. MESPA provides advocacy, professional development, networking, communications, and support of professional practice for elementary and middle level school principals.

              Improve education for Minnesota students through collaboration and advocacy.
              Unite current, past, and future licensed elementary and middle-level principals.
              Encourage and support a cooperative relationship between MESPA and other state/national organizations.
              Advocate for the professional, ethical, economic, and social 

              MESPA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MESPA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

              MESPA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. 

              MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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              St. Paul, Minnesota, 55108
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