MESPA Careers

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Public Relations and Engagement Manager

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 Public Relations and Engagement 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! Our members are at the heart of everything we do at MESPA, and it’s important that we find someone who not only fits the needs of this position, but desires to support Minnesota’s school leadership community. We are a small-but-mighty team of 4 and we are looking for someone with a growth mindset who can wear many hats, spin many plates, and truly wants to make the role of school principals more effective by finding creative solutions to support their needs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Needed:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, or similar subject
    • At least 2-3 years of relevant communications experience
    • Superb written, editing, and oral communication skills and mastery of best practices regarding communications across multiple channels
    • Previous work experience in a school or educational non-profit, or similar
    • Ability to assume MESPA’s brand both in voice and aesthetics
    • Self-directed, self-motivated, and able to work with minimal direct supervision
    • Strong interpersonal skills, positive mindset, and collaborative team player
    • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Flexible and adaptable to changes, interruptions, and unforeseen events
    • Ability to track and perform multiple projects 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, basic website content management system, and email marketing and social media platforms
    • Some video editing experience
    • Tech savvy and comfortable learning and utilizing new technology

Bonus points for...

    • A master’s degree
    • Graphic design experience (InDesign, Photoshop)
    • Podcast editing experience
    • Previous experience in a member association
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Develop a creative and strategic communications and PR plan that engages our existing members and attracts new ones
    • Manage and expand MESPA’s digital presence (website, social media, e-newsletter, Advocate Blog, podcast)
    • Create (and ideally, design) high-quality print and digital materials for mailings, events, and promotions
    • Collaborate with the Program Manager and Membership Manager to market MESPA’s professional development and membership initiatives
    • Measure, evaluate, and report on communications impact to inform future practice
    • Oversee MESPA’s honors and recognition programs, and manages state officer elections
    • Write and distribute press releases for all honors, elections, and other relevant announcements statewide
    • Manage any external advertisements
    • Act as staff liaison to the MN School of Excellence, Legislative Resolutions, and Communications Committees
    • Support MESPA’s legislative activities (MESPA Day at the Capitol, scheduling meetings and events, sending legislative newsletter)
    • Assist with association events: fall Leadership conference, board meetings, annual 3-day convention, and ongoing PD (some travel required for in-person events)
    • Manage accounts receivable and process mail
    • Support general office operations

Position Type: Full Time

Salary and Benefits: $45,000-47,000 starting, depending on experience. Includes excellent benefits: $11,000 health insurance stipend paid as additional salary; generous paid time off and holidays, including a paid winter break; 10% employer contribution to retirement plan (no match required); paid parental leave; $50,000 life insurance policy; long-term disability, etc.

Posting Closing Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 or until filled

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references (supervisor references preferred), and a copy of your most recent college transcripts (unofficial is OK) to mespa@mespa.net with the subject "MESPA PR and Engagement Manager” 

Probationary period: A 90-day probationary period, including a formal evaluation, will apply.

COVID-19 information: Interviews will be held remotely via Zoom. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MESPA staff are working remotely, as will this position temporarily. This position does require traveling to the office once per week to pick up MESPA’s mail. In the future, once deemed safe and recommended to do so, employment will be based in-person at our Roseville office.

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.

Individuals from historically underrepresented communities are invited and encouraged to apply.

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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