Position Title:                    Communications Manager

Salary Range:                     $56,850-$64,108

Position Status:                 Full Time, Exempt, Eligible for benefits (This is a grant-funded position)

Application Instructions:
Please send your resume, a professional writing sample, and a cover letter that explains how your skills are related to the position to recruiting@earlymilestones.org referencing “Communications Manager” in the subject line. For best consideration, please apply by July 26, 2022.

About Early Milestones Colorado:

Early Milestones is a statewide nonprofit organization with a simple yet ambitious goal – to make Colorado the best place to raise a child. Our small but mighty team works with local communities, state agencies, foundations, and national experts to create equitable, lasting improvements for children prenatal through age eight across the areas of learning and development, health and well-being, and family support and education. Early Milestones’ staff consists of highly motivated self-starters who are committed to the success of the organization and who work both independently and collaboratively with outstanding results. Early Milestones works to ensure that all children and families, especially those who have been historically marginalized, have access to the opportunities and resources needed to be valued, healthy, and thriving. We strive to embed an equity lens into our daily work and continually update our practices to reflect new learning.

Position Summary:

Early Milestones is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual with a passionate interest in strengthening early childhood systems and advancing success for young children. We’re looking for a collaborative team member with excellent writing abilities who will execute projects and advance our communications goals with creativity and enthusiasm.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with and provide support to staff to plan, manage, and execute communication products that are timely, impactful, and accessible for a number of audiences.
  • Guide in-house and contract resources to meet timelines and accomplish objectives, including providing regular status updates on progress, risks, and needs.
  • Ensure all communications products meet Milestones’ style, standards, and goals, and that best practices in all areas of communications are applied across projects.
  • Support staff in delivering effective presentations and coordinating virtual and in-person events such as convenings and briefings, as needed.
  • Measure, monitor, and report on the progress of the organization’s communications goals and key performance indicators. Work with leadership to adjust strategy to improve performance outcomes.
  • Promote organizational efforts by proactively identifying opportunities and creating content such as newsletters, infographics, and stories from the field to raise the visibility of key early childhood issues and of Milestones’ work.
  • Maintain Milestones’ online presence by updating and creating content for our website, social media, listservs, and other related platforms as assigned.
  • Assist leadership in responding to ad hoc communications requests from community partners.
  • Coordinate media and public relations requests, as needed.
  • Execute plans to promote Milestones’ work at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Assist with other external and internal communications duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the mission of Early Milestones Colorado.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language fluently.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously, within a fast-paced environment.
  • Understands how to communicate about equity, diversity, and inclusion (or willingness to learn), and possesses a desire to actively participate in advancing Early Milestones’ work relative to racial, social, and economic justice.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders to execute work.
  • Ability and willingness to effectively train and advise peers on communications topics.
  • Ability to think and act strategically and independently solve problems, as well as the flexibility to modify approaches to meet the changing needs of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in quickly learning new software and electronic applications.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s or associate’s degree in communication, early childhood, or related field plus at least 3-5 years of professional experience in communications.

OR

High school completion plus at least 5-7 years of professional experience in communications in a policy or human services organization.

  • Proficient with technology related to marketing and communications (such as Mail Chimp, WordPress, or similar software).
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office and virtual communication tools (Zoom, etc.).

Preferred:

  • Prior experience in policy, human services, education, or nonprofit organizations focused on early childhood and/or a related field.
  • Written and verbal proficiency in both English and Spanish.
  • Lived and/or professional experience in Colorado.

Location Requirements:

Early Milestones staff are primarily working remotely during this time, although this position may require some in-person interactions with staff. Workspace at our downtown Denver office location is available if preferred. In-person internal and external meetings may be necessary to fulfill the duties of the position.  Staff members are provided with appropriate equipment and access to technology to effectively work from home. While working virtually, staff must ensure the remote environment has consistent access to high-speed internet and is generally free from distractions.

Benefits:

Early Milestones is proud to be recognized as a Family-Friendly (FF+) Business through Health Links. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid time off (vacation and personal days); parental leave; an employer-matched 401(k) plan; ongoing professional development; and the opportunity to work with and learn from a terrific team!

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The position works in a standard on-site business environment, and routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners, and telephones. The position consists of frequent extended hours in front of a computer screen with occasional standing, walking, lifting, moving, and traveling to meetings. There may be regular group and public speaking involved in the duties of this position.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, a professional writing sample and a cover letter to recruiting@earlymilestones.org referencing “Communications Manager” in the subject line.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to apply for this role. 

Early Milestones is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity and seeks diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills to enhance our culture and fulfill our core values. We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, veterans, parents, first-generation immigrants, those who were first in their families to attend college, and individuals with disabilities to apply. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of

About Us

Early Milestones Colorado is a nonprofit organization that brings expertise and innovation to complex early childhood systems. Our goal is simple, yet ambitious: to make Colorado the best place to raise a child. Our staff consists of highly motivated self-starters who are committed to the success of the organization and who work both independently and collaboratively with outstanding results.

Early Milestones is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity and seeks diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills to enhance our culture and fulfill our core values. We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, veterans, parents, first-generation immigrants, those who were first in their families to attend college, and individuals with disabilities to apply. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

Our Staff Core Values

Early Milestones Colorado seeks diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills to set the tone for our culture. An important part of our culture are these core values that describe the way we aspire to work – with each other and with our partners – on our path to achieve our mission to advance success for young children across the state.

  • Supported and Supporting: We help each other and act on behalf of the entire organization, beyond just our own responsibilities. Not only do we want to grow and develop ourselves, but we want to support others in their journeys to do the same. Key to supporting all is a commitment to inclusive practices.
  • Culture of Learning and Flexibility: We are never done learning. We always seek to make improvements and share our expertise. We remain humble about what we don’t know, curious about new possibilities, and willing to explore alternatives. We are flexible in how we approach our work, which includes responding in a ready manner to changing circumstances and expectations.
  • Constructive and Positive: Collaboration is key to our success. We choose to assume our colleagues are operating to the best of their ability and are acting with the best intentions.
  • Maintain Balance and Create Fun: We recognize the importance of whole-person wellness and invest time and effort into making our workplace an enjoyable place to be. Children learn through play, and so do we!
  • Honest and Straightforward: We listen attentively, speak candidly, and treat others respectfully. We acknowledge when we have made a mistake, even when doing so is awkward or embarrassing.
  • Personal Responsibility: We choose our own actions and take responsibility for how we think, feel, speak, and act. We are tenacious about voicing our conviction while being respectful and aware of differences in life experiences and opinions. Once a decision is determined, even if we disagree, we commit wholly.