Director of Content

Director of Content

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging over 25 years of experience serving over 133,000 children with the support of more than 58,000 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these three objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America. Learn more at www.jstart.org and join us in transforming the lives of young children!

Position Overview

The Director of Content is responsible for providing writing leadership to Jumpstart’s Development Division, which includes fundraising, organization-related communications, and projects to enhance the quality and quantity of Jumpstart’s fundraising communications. The ideal candidate will be an excellent written communicator, demonstrate a high level of project management skill, be highly organized, willing to take initiative, and be able to take ownership of projects. This position reports to the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications and has 1 to 2 direct reports.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with senior leaders on projects to communicate Jumpstart’s organization-wide stance, strategy, and response to both internal and external partners. Examples may include crisis communication, strategic plan communication, etc.
  • Collaborate with Program Directors, Development Directors, and members of the VP team and Executive team to generate new written content to describe Jumpstart’s program and objectives, including identifying ways to collect and disseminate updates from field staff to Development staff.
  • Lead the proposal, grant, and report writing and editing process for identified institutional and corporate donors and prospects across the Jumpstart network.
  • Craft compelling written materials for use in cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting institutional, corporate, and selected individual donors.
  • Manage two Writers, including performance management, professional development, oversight of their work product, and project management.
  • Lead and manage an effective team that is high functioning and able to achieve department goals. Develop the skill sets of team members so that they can work collaboratively to meet organizational and department needs. Demonstrate the level of leadership the fosters a team culture of service and the values of Jumpstart.
  • Work with Marketing & Communications Team to develop, implement, and maintain a House Style Guide and Core Messaging Bank to support all Development staff in consistent and effective external communications.
  • Participate in the execution of moves management strategies.
  • In collaboration with the General Counsel, manage the grant writing process for government grants, including AmeriCorps proposals.
  • Collaborate with the marketing & communications team to create and/or edit select copy for collateral which may include, Jumpstart’s annual report, Scribbles, Read for the Record, and other event collateral, content for jstart.org, newsletters, and other specialized content for use in print and digital media.
  • Stay abreast of grant making trends and best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Minimum of five years of successful experience in grant-writing or technical writing
  • Excellent writing skills, including grammar-checking and proofreading abilities
  • Creative, clear, and compelling writing style with a scrupulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Command of effective storytelling
  • Willingness to take initiative and lead projects among peers and in multi-stakeholder groups
  • Strong project management and analytical skills, including the ability to balance multiple priorities while performing at a high-level in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to Jumpstart’s core values: learning, social justice, community, joy, and inclusive leadership
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance
  • Clear enthusiasm for development or marketing work and Jumpstart’s mission
  • Experience and comfort working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities
  • On-going commitment and interest in social justice or diversity, equity and inclusion work
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Ability to proficiently use MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher)

Preferred or Ideal

  • Knowledge of the fundraising process and understanding of work with donors
  • Knowledge of AmeriCorps funding or process

Start Date

January/February 2022 (desired start date, yet position open until filled)

Location

  • Flexible location from one of Jumpstart’s Offices in Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, or Washington, DC
  • Applicants must be able to work from one of these locations on a full-time basis

Salary & Benefits

Salary – $85,000 – $90,000 commensurate with education and experience; along with excellent benefits and a great mission-driven work environment

How To Apply

Please complete an online application.* Both a cover letter and resume are required to complete your application.  Applications without a cover letter may not be considered.  Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis.  Please upload/attach your resume to your applicant profile as well as your cover letter.

*Jumpstart’s online application process is supported by ADP. To ensure that the online application works properly, please make sure cookies and pop-ups are enabled on your browser, and that firewall software (if used) is set to permit inbound and outbound traffic on port 443. Unfortunately, touch screens are not supported or certified by ADP. For the best possible user experience, ADP recommends a minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 800.

Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital or parental status, amnesty, political affiliation, veteran status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws with respect to employment opportunities.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.

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