Friends of the Boston Schoolyards (FOTBS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the preservation and use of Boston's public schoolyards and outdoor classrooms for teaching and learning. (See attached “Friends of the Boston Schoolyards Overview”). FOTBS works closely with the Boston Public Schools to advocate for and support ongoing maintenance and improvements to the schoolyards and their use for teaching, learning, health, and recreation. Boston's schoolyard and outdoor classroom designs, as well as their educational programs, have been models for cities nationally and internationally. Research indicates that learning outdoors engages students with divergent abilities and interests, enlists underrepresented students in STEM careers, helps students entering school with significant language deficits, reduces stress, and produces other health benefits achieved through increased physical activity. Friends of the Boston Schoolyards believes that teaching and learning outdoors should be a central component of Boston's education, health, and environmental policies.
This part-time contract position is ideal for someone who is ready to expand and deepen their communication, advocacy, and fundraising skills, while also advancing an important community mission. Working remotely and reporting to the FOTBS Steering Committee, the Communications Associate will be expected to work an average of 6 hours per week (with more hours in the first 2-3 months) in the following areas of responsibility:
- Communications - Through outreach, networking, and a range of communications strategies and platforms, help raise awareness of the fact that Boston Public Schools’ schoolyards and outdoor classrooms are unique and valuable resources for teaching and learning, recreation, healthy youth development, neighborhood improvement, and community development. Manage production and distribution of e-newsletters, brochures, and other collateral materials; develop and maintain a social media program, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram; create content and manage website; conduct outreach to media through press releases, stories, opinion pieces, and blog entries.
- Collaboration and Information Sharing – Maintain ongoing communication with BPS personnel to provide information about schoolyards and outdoor classrooms, including workshops and events that may be of interest to them. Information sharing activities may include special e-newsletters, blog posts and notices on BPS website and BPS e-newsletters, meetings with BPS administrators, tours of outdoor classrooms, etc.
- Community Organizing and Advocacy – Identify, recruit, organize, activate individuals, partner and community organizations, businesses, and government agencies to maintain, improve, and utilize Boston’s public schoolyards and outdoor classrooms.
- Fundraising – Working with a fundraising consultant and the FOTBS Steering Committee, help raise funds through e-mail appeals, grants, and special events to support the ongoing activities of the organization.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- High energy and passion for FOTBS’s mission.
- Experience with website content management and social media content management.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of stakeholders and build long-term relationships
- Experience with desktop digital publishing software such as Photoshop or InDesign ideal, but not required.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.
- Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others.
- Fundraising experience in a non-profit organization, including experience with building an individual donor base, building and managing databases, using social media to increase visibility and support, etc.
- Ability to analyze budgetary expenditures for compliance with approved budget.
Please send resume, along with a detailed cover letter to Kim Comart at firstname.lastname@example.org that describes why you want to work for the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards and why you believe you would be a strong candidate for the position. Please indicate your hourly compensation requirements. For additional information, please contact Kim at 617-548-6442.