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Communications Manager Job Description

Join the collaborative team serving the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA). In 2015, 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 in Communications (or similar subject)
      • At least 2-3 years of relevant communications experience
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills and well-informed on communications best practices
      • Ability to assume MESPA’s brand both in voice and aesthetics
      • Self-directed and able to work with minimal direct supervision
      • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
      • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative team player
      • 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
      • Appreciation for non-profit associations and a passion for public education
      • Proficient with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and basic website content management system
      • Comfortable learning and utilizing new technology

      Bonus points for...

        • A master’s degree

        • Previous work experience in a school or educational non-profit
        • Graphic design experience (InDesign, Photoshop)
        • Video editing and/or audio experience
        Job duties include, but are not limited to:
        • Develop a creative communications plan in alignment with MESPA’s strategic direction and in support of annual goals and operations
        • Manage MESPA’s digital presence (website, social media, e-newsletter, Advocate Blog, podcast)
        • Create (and ideally, design) print materials for mailings, events, and promotions
        • Collaborate with the Program Manager and Membership Manager to market MESPA’s professional development and membership initiatives
        • Measure and evaluate communications impact to inform future practice
        • Oversee honors and recognition programs
        • Write and distribute press releases for all honors, elections, and other relevant announcements statewide
        • Manage current Business Partner relationships and work to develop new ones
        • Manage any external advertisements
        • Act as a liaison for the School of Excellence, Legislative Resolutions, and Communications Committee
        • Support MESPA’s legislative activities (managing Day at the Capitol, scheduling meetings and events, sending legislative newsletter)
        • Assist with association events: fall Leadership conference, board meetings, annual 3-day convention (some travel required)
        • Manage accounts payable
        • Support general office operations and be prepared to wear many hats!

        Position Type: Full Time

        Salary and Benefits: $45,000 starting, depending on experience. Includes excellent benefits ($10,000 health insurance stipend paid as additional salary, generous paid time off and holidays, a paid winter break at the end of December in addition to your PTO, 10% employer contribution to a SEP IRA retirement account, paid parental leave, and more!)

        Posting Closing Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019 or until filled

        To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to mespa@mespa.net with the subject "MESPA Communications Manager" 

        Location: 1970 Oakcrest Ave, Suite 204, Roseville, MN 55113

        About MESPA: 

        MESPA is the professional association of Minnesota’s elementary and middle level principals serving 1,000 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.

        Purpose:
        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 welfare of its members.

        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

          1970 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 204
          Roseville, Minnesota, 55113
          952.297.8670
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