Position Title: Program Communications Associate
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in an 11 month term
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations across California to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area and the Greater LA and San Diego Area supporting communities’ critical needs in building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by our AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov.
About Grades of Green
Grades of Green is an environmental education nonprofit with the mission of inspiring and empowering kids and the broader school community to care for the environment. For ten years, Grades of Green has been equipping students with the knowledge, leadership skills, and mentorship to create meaningful environmental impacts locally and globally. Our award-winning programs have a proven track record of increasing environmental values in communities resulting in measurable outcomes of gallons of water saved and of tons of waste diverted from landfills. Through our environmental campaigns and programs, we cultivate problem-solving skills in the next generation of Eco-Leaders to create lasting policy change through civic engagement, provide measurable and scalable environmental impacts and engage with a global network of Eco-Leaders. To learn more about Grades of Green, visit https://gradesofgreen.org/
The Program Communications Associate helps tell the story of Grades of Green’s incredible student Eco-Leaders. By helping produce and refine communications, marketing and program materials like social media posts, blog posts, digital content, press releases, newsletters, graphics, videos and more, the Program Communications Associate will bring new students to Grades of Green’s programs and raise awareness of our students’ incredible work in their communities. The program Communications Associate reports to the Marketing and Communications Director and is responsible for implementing elements of Grades of Green’s internal and external communications strategies in addition to marketing and program support.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COLLATERAL
Celebrate student and school stories by creating and supporting the production of the following. Work with Program staff to produce the following and work with Communications and Marketing Director to refine collateral.
o Social media posts
o Blog posts
o Press releases
o Newsletter content
o Presentations and pitch decks
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
o Collaborate with Program staff to produce internal and external messaging, pitch decks and branding, story boards, templates and program materials
o Collaborate with Marketing and Communications Director on the creation and implementation of yearlong communications strategies and marketing plans
o Refine practices by evaluating ROIs and deliverables in each communications area
o Translate climate/environmental research and policy into accessible media content
o Participate in outreach events as needed
o Celebrate student and school stories by creating pitches and support the development of relationships with local, national and global news outlets
o Keep media kit up-to-date, adding improvements and updates
o Track earned media mentions
o Keep media list and e-blast list up-to-date
AmeriCorps fellows must:
Be US citizens or legal permanent residents
Have a high school diploma/GED
Be 17 years old or older
Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
Test negatively for tuberculosis
Be able and willing to commit to the 11-month service term
Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to ongoing COVID-19 public health considerations and shelter-in-place orders.
o Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field including but not limited to: Environmental Science, Business Administration, Communications, Marketing, Journalism or English
o Experience working with children and/or an environmental nonprofit organization (preferred)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
o High degree of skill in verbal and written communication
o Goal oriented, self-motivated
o Experience using social media platforms to promote causes, organizations or movements preferred
o Experience producing graphics or selecting visual creative for social media or blogs preferred- Graphic design experience desired
o Experience using website CMSs like WordPress or Drupal preferred
o Skills in organizing work of self and others
o Vehicle and valid driver’s license
o Ability to work flexible hours and some weekends
o Comfortable with Microsoft Office 365 suite of programs
Benefits of service
o Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month
o Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
o Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 and a California for All Education Award of $3,655.
o Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal professional development support.
o Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
o Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
o Grades of Green will best support the Fellow’s career and professional growth goals as appropriate. We strive to provide experience in the areas and skills that the Fellow hopes to build. The Fellow will gain experience in mentoring and advising students of all ages and all backgrounds, event planning and executing, organizational/project management skills, leadership, program planning and executing.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
BACR is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.