Outward Bound California (OBCA) seeks an innovative and motivated Communications Coordinator to join our 6 person Advancement Team. We look to leverage a background in digital and print communications to develop and promote our mission to donors, partners, schools, alumni, and other stakeholders. We seek someone with strong oral and written communication skills, experience with social media and technology, and in a nonprofit environment that enjoys working collectively towards a common goal.
The Communications Coordinator reports to the Director of Advancement and supports the work of the Fundraising and Outreach teams. They will develop and deliver key messages, ensure consistency and continuity, and reinforce the mission and goals of OBCA. They will collaborate across departments and with field staff to develop and execute initiatives, remain current on key programs and needs, and to cultivate positive relationships with our constituents.
Who We Are
Outward Bound California is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. We use the inherent challenge of the wilderness and urban outdoor spaces to teach people of all ages to be compassionate leaders, serve their communities, and build character to ultimately reveal the full potential within all of us.
With a 50 year history in the US, we provide extended and expeditionary-style rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, urban, and service courses, serving ages 12+, including adult and veteran programs. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Joshua Tree, and in the Bay Area.
Who You Are
Outward Bound California does not expect every applicant to have every skill and qualification listed here, and we are committed to the professional development of our employees. A strong candidate who is interested in growing and learning in this role will possess at least 75% of the following qualifications. If this is you, then we strongly encourage you to submit an application for consideration.
Knowledge & Skills
Aligned with OBCA’s mission and values
Outstanding verbal communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a variety of personalities with diplomacy
Proactive with great attention to detail
Skilled at writing and editing
Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel), email marketing platforms and/or G Suite (Gmail and Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar)
Knowledgeable in the effective use of emerging communication technologies, especially email campaign platforms, social media, and online advertising, as well as metrics to determine effectiveness
Experienced in, or possess a strong interest and willingness to learn, website management and content creation
Have a keen eye for design and audience-focused collateral creation
Able to articulate OBCA’s mission, programs, and initiatives in a compelling way to diverse audiences
An independent, strategic, and creative thinker who is a strong team player and willing to enthusiastically take on additional responsibility as necessary
Sense of humor a must!
Education & Work Experience
Possess 2+ years of professional experience in communications and/or marketing, preferably in a nonprofit organization and/or educational setting
Hold a 4-year college degree, or equivalent work experience
Physical & Mental Requirements
Able to sit or stand at a desk for a significant amount of the working day
Able to lift and move a minimum of 30 pounds
Bonus if you…
Have graphic design skills, including photo editing and infographic design
Are an Outward Bound Alumni
Have proficiency in Salesforce, Hootsuite and MailChimp or other CRM integration/management
Partner with Advancement Team to execute the annual Fundraising and Communications Plan
Coordinate communications, branding and marketing strategy to advance OBCA in the areas of community relations, development, enrollment and outreach
Stay abreast of best practices, current events, and new resources to continuously identify new opportunities and refine existing strategies
Coordinate content, production and publication for digital, print, and social media
Collaborate with all departments to ensure consistency of messaging, brand voice, and visual identity
Write clear, concise and compelling content in brand voice for press releases, blogs, events, e-newsletters, websites, social media, and other materials as needed
Generate digital content and create an online strategy that engages audience segments and leads to a broader and more connected audience
Curate, interview, and gather student and staff stories for external use
Manage ongoing website edits and report monthly online traffic to Advancement Team
Partner with departments to create email marketing campaigns using MailChimp for programs, fundraising, or event purposes—track and report on results
Organize and tag photo library in Flickr for easy access by organization at large
Support online ad campaigns, retargeting and audience building
Production of flyers, business cards, and other collateral as needed
Support media relations, including developing press releases, pitching stories, and responding to media inquiries
Identify, recruit, and manage external contractors, such as photographers, videographers, graphic designers, printers, etc.
Support major fundraising, alumni, and community events to announce and recruit participants/attendees
Other event responsibilities as needed
Benefits, Compensation and Location
This is a Full-time, Exempt, Salaried position
Starting pay range $40,000 - $46,000, depending on experience
A competitive benefits package, including comprehensive health insurance with generous employer contribution, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), four weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) and 10 paid holidays, and 401(k) plan enrollment Highly energetic and supportive work environment at a mission-driven organization Opportunity to attend Outward Bound adult course Opportunities for professional development ProDeal, an opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at a discounted price
This position will be located at our administrative office in the Tides Thoreau Center in the heart of The Presidio in San Francisco, CA
Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer and works to include diversity among its staff. Outward Bound California values the inclusion and collaboration among employees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Outward Bound California prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable state or federal law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.
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