Writer + Project Manager

Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), a national nonprofit organization based in Chicago, is seeking a Writer + Project Manager to help further its mission of making schools healthier places for all children. The Writer + Project Manager will serve as a key member of HSC’s communications team.

The successful candidate will bring strong experience advancing a nonprofit’s mission and goals via grantwriting; the ability to communicate with diverse audiences across platforms; excellent writing skills; a commitment to HSC’s mission; a demonstrated commitment to racial equity; and a hands-on, collaborative approach.

HSC advocates for policies and programs that support schools in creating the conditions of health for all students. HSC’s key strategies are to empower school stakeholders to be agents of change at the school and district levels, advocate for district, state and federal policies and build the capacity of schools, school districts and educational agencies to better support student health. This work takes place at the intersection of health, education, equity, community and sustainability.

HSC has a $2.6 million budget and a staff team of 16. This position reports to the Senior Vice President. In addition to the Writer + Project Manager, HSC has a full-time Program + Project Manager who provides project management support for the grants team and a full-time Communications Manager. HSC also works regularly with communications consultants. The Writer + Project Manager will work closely with the grants team and other communications and development staff.

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Serve as a key member of the grants and communications teams and help create the organization’s overall annual communications plan, along with fundraising campaigns, grant strategies, social media strategies, and communications plans for specific programs.
  • Ensure that HSC’s mission, values and commitment to racial equity are reflected in the organization’s content and communications strategies.
  • Provide support and guidance to communications colleagues.
Grants and Reports (60% time)

  • Write grant reports, proposals and updates for foundations, family foundations and government agencies.
  • Gather input and data from program staff and partners to inform grant requests and reports.
  • Work closely with the grants team to ensure that all deadlines are met and grant documents are reviewed and archived on a regular basis.
Message Development + Implementation (40% time)

  • Create content for Healthy Schools Campaign’s Chicago programs. This includes Parents United, Space to Grow, the School Health Access Collaborative (SHAC) and HSC’s Chicago policy work.
  • Write about HSC programs and advocacy work in a way that engages the intended audience and accurately communicates a clear message in plain language. Formats will include HSC newsletter, social media and blog posts, website content, correspondence, reports and briefs.
  • Implement design templates and lay out content for print and web as needed; this includes using InDesign, MailChimp and WordPress.
  • Write and edit communications to individual and corporate donors including updates, appeals and proposals for strategic partnerships.
  • Develop invitations and collateral for fundraising events and campaigns.
Qualifications

  • A commitment to HSC’s mission, vision, values and equity priorities.
  • 5+ years of post-college experience in a grant writing/communications role with nonprofit organization(s) required.
  • Very strong writing skills and experience writing grants and other communications for a diverse set of audiences is required; substantive experience across a variety of communications channels including print, digital, press and social media is preferred.
  • Strong technology skills and an understanding of how to apply technology to achieve communications goals. Fluency with the Google Suite is required; experience using Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), WordPress, Trello, data management systems (HSC uses Salesforce), and social media platforms preferred.
  • Smart and analytical team-oriented person who understands HSC’s mission, goals, programs and structure and can deploy internal and external resources with a sensitivity to organizational capacity and competing priorities.
  • Experience effectively working on a team, and demonstrated experience with successful project management; proven ability to work in collaboration, integrate constructive feedback, prioritize work, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Other requirements

  • Chicago-area candidates are preferred, but excellent candidates living anywhere in the United States, will be considered.
  • This position will require working some nights and weekends.
  • Candidates must be willing to submit to background checks.

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $90,000 depending on experience. Generous benefit package includes employer paid medical, dental and disability insurance, 6% employer matching contribution to a retirement plan after one year of employment and paid vacation and sick leave.

To Apply
HSC is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability or veteran status. HSC strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQIA+ people and members of other marginalized communities to apply.

Please send your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, three references and your answers to the application questions below to writer@healthyschoolscampaign.org. 
Please include all items as separate attachments to your email.

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Questions

  1. How do you prepare to write a grant proposal? Please share the steps you use – both to gather information internally and to ensure that you submit the most competitive proposal possible.
  2. Please give an example of a communications challenge that you have successfully met, and detail the steps you took to be successful. For this question, you can give an example from any area of your communications experience.
  3. How do you ensure that the language and references you are using are current, equitable and antiracist? What are your go to resources and how do you stay current?

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