A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) seeks an experienced Communications Manager to lead the public relations, marketing, and communications efforts in support of the organization’s mission.
A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) is Central Florida’s primary provider of the resources and educational tools that enable children to create, express themselves, problem solve and experience a sense of accomplishment. The organization has become a major player in the shared quest to bring about greater academic achievement and advancement for thousands of high-needs children by providing more than $62 million of donated educational supplies. To learn more, please visit www.agiftforteaching.org.
The Communications Manager will grow the AGFT brand through planning, directing, and implementing marketing communications activities, including website content, advertising, brand management, marketing materials, special projects/community relations, publications, event support, and social media.
Additionally this position will play an integral role as a member of the Development team while supporting AGFT in its internal and external communications.
Support efforts to increase public awareness of mission and vision through regular communication with major stakeholders (media, funders, community/corporate leaders, teachers, educators, volunteers, etc.) using tools such as publications/e-newsletters, e-mails, media alerts/press releases, etc.
Develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive communications strategy to support the organization’s mission, goals and objectives.
Lead and manage a coordinated online presence, including social media tools and Web site.
Responsible for design of publications, marketing collateral materials, and audio/visual communication tools.
Assist with creative strategy for campaigns and events such as annual fundraisers, PUSH campaign, and drives.
Ensure integrity of brand through newsletters, program updates, program fact sheets, and direct mail letters, as well as all collateral materials, including event literature, marketing packets, bulletins, announcements, brochures and exhibit display boards.
Responsible for co-leading and managing the organization’s Public Relations and Marketing Committee with the Director of Development.
Capture and craft AGFT stories of various constituents through photos, videos, and print to be used in a variety of communication pieces, including the blog, e-news, and website.
Manage and build relationships with established and new outside vendors to secure print, graphic design, and/or public relations services.
Write and/or submit award nominations, and seek out new opportunities for AGFT and its programs.
Assist other departments in design and transmit of e-communications.
Provide writing and editing support for all external communications.
Support a positive and high-functioning work environment by acting with integrity, honesty, and respectfulness toward co-workers and participating in team-building activities such as staff retreats, office celebrations and meetings.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required, preferably in marketing, communications or related field.
Requires excellent writing, proofreading, and editing skills for print and online communications.
Familiarity with AP style desired.
Ability to think strategically, manage multiple projects and easily adapt to shifting priorities.
Knowledge and passion for digital and emerging media (e.g. social media, blogs).
Excellent customer service skills when talking in person, on the phone, email and online.
Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality.
Experience in managing committees and vendors.
Experience in nonprofits, philanthropy and/or membership organization desired.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, databases, and graphic design programs (Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Illustrator).
Ability to work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently.
Ability to work both independently and with a team.
AGFT offers a competitive salary with health, dental and vision benefits; vacation, personal and sick time, including a paid winter break.
After more than a decade in operation, and a successful track record of creating awareness of the organization, AGFT seeks to grow its community and corporate funding support with an awareness/communications initiative.
AGFT pursues messaging that connects the organization with new and existing supporters by showing how our ability to provide school supplies to needy students significantly increases their chances for a successful school experience.
Current key messages
We provide essential school supplies to students in need in Central Florida public schools.
We recycle surplus materials by repurposing them for use in our schools.
We save teachers hundreds and school budgets thousands of dollars by providing free resources for students in need.
We provide a central location for the community to donate gently used supplies and reach the maximum number of students.
We are a fiscally responsible non-profit with low overhead expenses of only 4.3%.
For every $1 received by AGFT, $10 worth of school supplies goes back to the classroom.
Students need tools and experiences to succeed in school and life.
We provide support for teachers who work in high-need schools.